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 aims to act as a platform of artistic exchange, enabling others to discuss social issues, strengthen the exchange between the UK and Germany and foster collaboration and cultural democracy.

Cultural Bridge will be inviting applications for its 2023-2024 programme from 14th September - 26th October 2022, find out more.

The 2021 - 2022
projects were:

Northsea Neighbours

– a collaboration between Das Letzte Kleinod, Schiffdorf, Niedersachsen (Germany) and Shetland Arts, Shetland Islands (Scotland).


– a collaboration between Kulturvilla Nellie, Lörrach (Germany) and Creative Black Country, West Bromwich (England)

Mind the Gap

– a collaboration between University of Music Lübeck and Emanuel Geibel-Schule (Germany) and Valleys Kids, Penygraig (Wales)

Bridgit ‘Building Better Bridges’

– a collaboration between Fine Arts Institute Leipzig (FAIL), Leipzig, Folkestone Fringe, Kent (England) and Alchemy Film & Arts, Hawick (Scotland).

Rewire (Feat. The Ensemble Upvention)

– A collaboration between S27, Berlin (Germany) and Govanhill Baths, Glasgow (Scotland).

Ode to Earth

– a collaboration between Die Villa, Leipzig (Germany), Beyond Skin and DU Dance, Belfast (Northern Ireland).

Staging the Hidden Words

– a collaboration between Sommerblut Kulturfestival, Cologne (Germany) and Writing on the Wall, Liverpool (England).

Cultural Bridge will be inviting applications for its 2023– 2024 programme from 14th September – 26th October 2022.

This is an opportunity for organisations based in the UK and Germany who embody cultural democracy and wish to forge or develop bilateral partnerships to work together and share artistic practice. Guidance for the Cultural Bridge 2023 - 2024 programme is available now and we encourage organisations to start to develop their collaboration and project proposals ahead of the application window. Find out more.


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