Charlie Dark, and USO on stage for PIYN 2010

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. 

We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. 

We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. 

Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. 

Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

Every year, we reach out to thousands of students, educators, policymakers, academics, researchers, creatives and entrepreneurs in New Zealand.

British Council New Zealand's aim is to create extraordinary projects to show the best of contemporary UK culture to New Zealanders.

In keeping with British Council Equal Opportunity and Diversity Policy, our programmes and opportunities are open to emerging leaders of all ages, genders, ethnicities and religious groups.

In our work we connect aspirational young New Zealanders with contemporary UK, across the spheres of arts, creative industries, science and education. We work with local and international partners to showcase excellence, innovation and creativity.

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