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The UK/Australia Season is a major new cultural exchange celebrating the diverse and innovative artist communities and cultural sectors of each nation. A collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Season is a vibrant programme spanning theatre, film, visual arts, dance, design, architecture, music, literature, higher education and a public engagement programme.

Designed to strengthen and build cultural connections, the Season theme is “Who Are We Now?” and will reflect on our history, explore our current relationship, and imagine our future together. The Season launches in both countries in September 2021.

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Programme Features


Free Online Event / Details to be announced for Adelaide

Hurled words. Thrown objects. Dodged Burgers. How artist Travis Alabanza became obsessed with burgers.

Bait, with a live score by Welsh musician Gwenno

Cinema 1, Level 2 ACMI, Fed Square / Theatre Royal, Castlemaine / Mona Foma, Hobart / City Recital Hall, Sydney

Shot on 16mm monochrome film with a hand-cranked Bolex camera, Bait is both a technical marvel and a captivating thriller, timeless and of its time.


Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta, plus further performances online the following week

Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World is a multi form investigation into the death of refugee Iranian pop star Fereydoun Faroukhzad. Using digital technology, live music and theatre to retell this moment in history, and the way this continued to intersect with world geopolitics. 

Flying the Flag

Midsumma Festival, Abbotsford Convent, St Heliers Street Gallery, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC

Contemporary British artist Annabel McCourt is ‘Flying the Flag’ for queer history.

An image of two people looking at sheets of projected gradients, with text that reads The Cultural Leadership Exchange Initiative Hosted by Goldsmiths, University of London UK and NIDA, Australia. Logos of British Council, UK/AU Season, Australian Government Crest, NIDA and Godlsmiths are at the bottom of the image. Copyright texxt reads Image: collaborative projects between NIDA and NAISA students. 2021

The Cultural Leadership Exchange Initiative

Online. Register interest in attending Webinar 1 by emailing /

Envisioning the enterprise and entrepreneurial competencies needed for professional cultural leaders for the future – an online conversation. Curated by Goldsmiths, University of London and the National Institute of the Dramatic Arts, Sydney. Webinar 1: Entrepreneurialism and Diversity.

Breaking The Binary Listening Workshops

Science Gallery London and Science Gallery Melbourne will develop and host a series of Listening Club Workshops that bring together young people in London and Melbourne. Led by artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey ahead of the Breaking the Binary exhibition, this Club explores lived experience of gender and identity.

The Wider Earth

National Tour


Woman reading, sitting on the left side of a lounge chair on a covered verandah

Cath Drake’s ‘The Verandah’: Courageous Connections in Poetry in the 2020s

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A series of high quality online poetry workshops and masterclasses for emerging and established writers, plus poetry readings and talks with wide audience appeal, reflecting the issues that matter most in the 2020s.

Sky Song

Adelaide Fringe Festival

Drone art specialists, Celestial, and First Nations Artists invite you to gaze up, and reignite your relationship with the stars at Sky Song.

woman of colour splashes in swimming pool

Angelica Mesiti ‘In the Round’

Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Old College, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL, U.K.

Talbot Rice Gallery presents the first major exhibition in the UK of Angelica Mesiti, one of the leading Australian artists of her generation.


Queen's Theatre Playhouse Ln &, Gilles Arcade, Adelaide

Told entirely through sound, Blindness is an epic thriller based on a novel by José Saramago and featuring narration by the incomparable Juliet Stevenson.

Auslan and BSL Introductions Available

Welcome to UK/ Australia Season. These introduction offers key information about the Season’s programme and theme, as well as some information about the website.


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Thom Roberts in Sydney’s Studio A with artistic director Gabrielle Mordy.

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Alex Cloherty representing the Netherlands wins FameLab International Final 2021


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Top 10 FameLab International 2021 contestants announced

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Songlines: the Indigenous Australian exhibition preserving 65,000 years of culture

Songlines Review – an epic pioneering show of Aboriginal art & culture

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Ghost Tunes – In the beginning

I See You

Songlines and stolen children: lessons from Indigenous Australians

A picture of female artist Patricia Piccinini with her artwork Kindred

The Uncomfortable and Confronting World of Patricia Piccinini

Sir Lloyd Dorfman CBE and David Gonski AC on how the UK/Australia Season will forge stronger ties between the two nations

Vision Statement from UK/Australia Season Directors

Biennale of Sydney & Cicada Innovations Launch Sustainable Materials Challenge

UK and Australia to collaborate on cultural exchange season

David Gonski gathers patrons for UK-Australia arts season