Cultural Bridge celebrates bilateral partnerships between the UK and Germany

Cultural Bridge celebrates bilateral artistic partnerships between the UK and Germany through the collaboration between Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, British Council, Creative Scotland, Fonds Soziokultur, Goethe-Institut London and Wales Arts International / Arts Council of Wales.

The programme supports intercultural exchange and dialogue in the field of participative arts and culture. Since launching in 2021, it has so far enabled 44 organisations that place communities at the heart of their work, to build and develop new partnerships that allow exploration and exchange of practice between Germany and the UK. 

Applications for Cultural Bridge 2024 - 2025 are now closed. We received a total of 138 applications across Tier One and Tier Two. Applicants will be notified of the final outcome by Wednesday 31st January 2024. 

The current 2023 - 2024 programme is supporting 15 partnerships between UK and German-based organisations, who have been awarded funding to develop cultural projects exploring issues facing communities across both countries. It follows the pilot year in 2021-2022 in which 7 partnerships were funded. 

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Key learnings and the impact of the pilot year programme are available through the evaluation report, written and produced by tialt.  

Read the 2021 - 2022 pilot year evaluation in English

Read the 2021 - 2-22 pilot year evaluation in German

The 2023 - 2024 projects:

Illuminate Together

– a collaboration between Handmade Parade (England) and Kapuziner Kreativzentrum (Germany)

Co-creating with young voices

– a collaboration between Mahogany Opera Group (England) and Frequenz_Festival Kiel (Germany)


– a collaboration between Make Works Scotland 'Paved with Gold' (Scotland) and Kulturzentrum LUISE (Germany)

Going spaces: forming new connections and fostering collaboration

– a collaboration between Motorenhalle Dresden (Germany) and SET studios London (England)

Our EARTH Hour

– a collaboration between MOTTE eV. Stadtteil & Kulturzentrum (Germany) and Head4Arts (Wales)

Playing with Audio Walks: Storydive meets Produced Moon

– a collaboration between Produced Moon (Scotland) and Storydive (Germany)

Growing Together to Facilitate Community Stories

– a collaboration between THE bEAR e.V. (Germany) and Open Past (Scotland)

At the Table

– a collaboration between The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) (Northern Ireland) and coculture e.V. (Germany)

Strictly Scottish and Schottisch

– a collaboration between Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland (TDFS) (Scotland) and Folk Dance Society of Germany (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Volkstanz e.V.) (Scotland)

Femxle Spaces

– a collaboration between vier.D (Germany) and ACCA/ Slung Low (England)

In Each Other's Company

– a collaboration between National Dance Company of Wales and Of Curious Nature (Germany)


– a collaboration between Creative Black Country (England) and Kuturvilla Nellie (Germany)


– a collaboration between Folkestone Fringe (England) and Fine Arts Institute Leipzig - FAIL (Germany)

Spree ~ Channelsea Radio Group

– a collaboration between Soundcamp CIC (England) and Archipel Stations (Germany), with Blanc Sceol / Surge Cooperative and Radio Otherwise

Ode to Earth (Phase 2)

– A collaboration between VILLA Leipzig (Germany) and Beyond Skin & DU Dance (Northern Ireland)


  • Arts Council England
  • The Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  • The British Council
  • Creative Scotland
  • Fonds Soziokultur
  • Goethe-Institut London
  • Wales Arts International