Cultural leaders from across the world come together in London to launch leadership programme

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Cultural Leadership International (CLI) aims at helping future cultural leaders develop their skills and talent in order to cultivate international collaborations modelled on UK cultural leadership expertise. The project will generate opportunities for the international exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas, and support people in fulfilling their potential and realise their aspirations.

Project Participants from Western Europe and North America. © m.rodriguez

I look forward to a fascinating and lively debate that will go some way towards creating a better understanding of the complexities of cultural leadership in an international context and the potential difference that good leadership of cultural organisations can make to our societies.

On the 8th and 9th July 2009 26 cultural leaders from the UK, Western Europe, North America, and the Middle East will come together in London to develop their skills and professional networks as part of a two day British Council run programme to launch the British Council's Cultural Leadership International programme (CLI).

Cultural Leadership International (CLI) aims at helping future cultural leaders develop their skills and talent in order to cultivate international collaborations modelled on UK cultural leadership expertise. The project will generate opportunities for the international exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas, and support people in fulfilling their potential and realise their aspirations.

Cultural Leadership International (CLI) is aimed at young professionals who are already actively engaged in the cultural sector and who want to play a key role in its future. Chosen participants have demonstrated a level of achievement and interest to their work, self-development and a desire to share these experiences with others internationally.

UK participants are Jean Cameron, producer of the Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art; Sarah Ichioka, Director of the Architecture Foundation, the UK's leading independent architecture centre; Hakeem Onibudo, a dance choreographer and director who has worked with artists including The Pet Shop Boys and Asian Dub Foundation; David Pope, an award winning film maker, CEO of the New Producers Alliance and Advance Films; Emma Posey, founder and Director of Bloc- a Wales based organisation advocating on behalf of creatives involved in new technology; Steve Slater, senior producer at the arts venue Tramway in Glasgow; and Amberlea Taylor, manager at PLACE Architecture and Built Environment in Belfast.

Paul De Quincey, British Council project director: "This meeting - the first to bring all the 2009/10 CLI participants together from across Europe, North America, the Near and Middle East and North Africa - represents a fantastic opportunity to explore the nature and demands of cultural leadership in important but different geographical regions."

Paul De Quincey, British Council project director: "I look forward to a fascinating and lively debate that will go some way towards creating a better understanding of the complexities of cultural leadership in an international context and the potential difference that good leadership of cultural organisations can make to our societies."

The two day event is an opportunity for all of our selected participants to come together as a group and discuss and analyse their Development Plans. The event will also mark the formation of the international cultural network. CLI will be the first network of its kind, bringing together a diverse group of cultural leaders and speakers from around the world.

The project 'Cultural Leadership International' will work with partners across Europe, North America, the Middle East and North Africa on a leadership development programme for a group of selected participants. The programme will offer a varied and tailored programme of activities, such as:

o    work-based placements
o    networking opportunities
o    coaching and mentoring
o    creative collaborations and experiential learning

The UK based event was preceded by 'Leadership Development Days' aimed at exploring personal leadership styles. All 70 participants who attended the Leadership Development Days were invited to submit an Individual Development Plan, outlining their development needs and aims, their proposed activities and the potential impact of their plans. In June, one participant per country was selected by regional panels to take forward their Individual Development Plans and invited to attend this global networking and leadership development event in London.

About British Council:

Celebrating 75 years in 2009, the British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We work in over 100 countries worldwide to build engagement and trust for the UK though the exchange of knowledge and ideas. We work in the arts, education, science, sport and governance and last year over 128 million people benefited from our projects. We are a non-political charitable organisation which operates at arm's length from government.

For more information on the Cultural Leadership Programme please visit the Cultural Leadership International (CLI) section of our website.

For further press information including biographies and interviews please contact :
Eleanor Hutchins,
British Council
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7389 4981

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