Both the UK and Russia have widely-spoken languages and rich literary traditions. We share a deeply held respect for each other’s culture and literature. Therefore a joint celebration of written and spoken culture, The UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016, aimed to build on the success of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014, ensuring meaningful and sustained collaboration in the cultural sphere between the UK and Russia.
The British Council led the UK’s Year of Language and Literature in Russia and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs led Russia’s celebrations in the UK. As part of the programme developed with support from VisitBritain and UKTI (UK Trade and Investment), an ambitious series of events was held across Russia throughout 2016.
The British Council was also pleased to announce BP as the UK Founder Sponsor of the Year of Language and Literature.