Arts and creativity are a cornerstone of the British Council’s mission to create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and the wider world. We find new ways of connecting with and understanding each other through the arts, to develop stronger creative sectors around the world that are better connected with the UK.  

The arts matter in Russia and provide unparalleled channels for people to people contacts with the UK. In recent years we have connected the UK with millions of people across Russia through the UK-Russia Year of Culture (2014), the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature (2016) and the UK-Russia Year of Music (2019–20).