Run in partnership by the British Council, the British Embassy, the British School at Rome and the British Institute of Florence, the UK-Italy: partners for culture programme is a framework, launched in 2017, to support ongoing cultural relations between the UK and Italy, celebrating cultural heritage, the creative industries and best practice in the arts, sciences and higher education. 

We are delighted to work with Italian partners on our programme, these include MiBAC, Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, Artlab, Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, Romaeuropa Festival, Napoli Teatro Festival and Ca’ Pesaro - Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna.

In addition to showcasing British culture with Italian audiences, our programme also shares our values through activity which supports inclusive and diverse societies, supporting conversations around gender, arts and disability as well as offering developmental opportunities for young people. 

Previous guests who have participated include the former Secretary of State for Culture, Karen Bradley, the Director of the Tate, Maria Balshaw, the Executive Director of the Royal Society, Julie Maxton and a cohort of university Vice-Chancellors lead by the President of UUKi, Vivienne Stern. They met and shared expertise and insight with Italian counterparts including the former Culture Minister, Dario Franceschini; Director of the MAXXI, Giovanna Melandri and President of the Italian Rectors Association, Gaetano Manfredi.

Our objectives are to:

  • Facilitate bilateral cultural partnerships - Through supporting bilateral relationships we ensure that cultural relations continue to thrive in the uncertain climate of the UK leaving the EU and that UK expertise and desire to engage continues to be recognized and valued in Italy.
  • Support high level policy dialogue - The UK is a recognised leader in the fields of Higher Education, Science Research, Arts & Disability and the Creative Industries. Across these areas we shall support the sharing of practice at institutional, regional and national level.