A culturally sustainable development brings together economic, social, and environmental dimensions and highlights the importance of growth, equity, and the value of culture. Recognising the role of culture as a facilitator and agent of change for sustainable development, the British Council announces that it accepts applications for the Circular Culture Programme 2023 selective process. 

Circular Culture is an initiative of the British Council in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. It provides financial resources and training to promote artistic exchange between Latin American and the Caribbean (LATAC) countries and the United Kingdom through strengthening the offering of cultural festivals and promoting sustainable cultural development. Additionally, Circular Culture is committed to professionalising the LATAC cultural sector and offers a training scheme for festival managers with experts from the United Kingdom to integrate skills into development. 

The Circular Culture Fund consists of a £300,000 (GBP) fund and is aimed at cultural and artistic festivals - both in-person and digital - taking place in the countries mentioned above and interested in collaborating, showcasing artwork, or engaging in training activities with British professionals, focused on activating a shift in attitudes, narratives, and practices related to a sustainable culture approach. 

Circular Culture reinforces our commitment to promoting festivals by recognising their importance in the dynamics of cities and the promotion of contemporary artistic creation and the expansion of sustainable practices, always promoting: 

  • Exchange among local artists, creators, and managers 
  • Public access to international artists/creators/researchers/scientists 
  • Opportunities for training technical skills for sustainable development 
  • Development of knowledge networks 
  • Global cultural exchange 

Thanks to the more than 1,000 festivals that applied to the Circular Culture 2023 programme!

Discover the festivals selected in the call. We are confident that your proposals will have a significant impact in promoting sustainable culture and strengthening cultural and artistic festivals alongside your UK partner.

Country Festival name City Sector
Argentina Bitbang Buenos Aires Video games and animation
Filbita (Festival Internacional de Literatura Infantil) Buenos Aires Literature
Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata Mar del Plata Film
Ranchear Buenos Aires Music
Open Folk Bariloche Music
Futuro Imperfecto: arte, periodismo y tecnología Buenos Aires Multidiscipline
Brazil Se Rasgum Belém Music
Afropunk Bahia Salvador Music
No Ar Coquetel Molotov Recife Music
Brasil Eco Fashion Week São Paulo Fashion
Barulhinho Delas Fortaleza Multidiscipline
Colombia Festival Detonante Quibdó Multidiscipline
Festival Estéreo Picnic Bogotá Music
Festival De Cine de Cartagena Cartagena Film
Festival Entreviñetas Medellín  Visual/Graphic Arts
Festival Disonarte Ibagué Music/Entrepreneurship
VOLTAJE (Salón de Arte y Tecnología) Bogotá Visual Arts/Technology
Cuba Eco Manigua: Encuentro de Infancia, Economía Circular y Arte Havana Graphic Arts
Festival Fiesta del Tambor  Havana Dance/Music
Mexico FICUNAM CDMX Film
Feria Internacional Libro Guadalajara Jalisco Literature
AXE Ceremonia 2024 CDMX Music
Entre Lenchas, Vestidas y Musculocas CDMX Multidiscipline
Festival Artístico Audiovisual Afrodescendencias Oaxaca, Guerrero Multidiscipline
Festival Internacional de Santa Lucía Nuevo León Multidiscipline
Peru Festival Selvamonos Oxapampa Music
Festival Chincha Chincha Dance/Music
Festival Internacional de Cine AL ESTE Lima, Arequipa, Trujillo, Cusco Film
1° Festival "Mar, Conciencia y Soundsystem" Lima Music
Trinidad y Tobago Salsa Fiesta  Port of Spain Dance
COCO Dance Festival  Port of Spain Dance
Venezuela Festival de Cine Venezolano Mérida Film
England my England, los sonidos del reino.  Caracas Music
Festival Ascenso Caracas Photography and video
Apamate Fest Mérida Music

Requirements to be a beneficiary of the Circular Culture funds:

  1. The proposal must demonstrate a commitment to implementing sustainable practices that reduce the festival's environmental impact.
  2. A partnership with a United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales) counterpart is mandatory, and a letter of intent to collaborate from them should be included in the application. It is the responsibility of the festival applicant to establish contact and reach an agreement with the British partner. The British Council does not maintain a central artist directory, and festivals have the freedom to approach relevant artists or organizations.
  3. The British partner should actively contribute to the festival activities, such as performances, talks, workshops, etc. The involvement will depend on the nature of the intended activity within the festival.
  4. The proposed projects can be multidisciplinary, encompassing at least one of the disciplines mentioned in the call (visual arts, film, dance, architecture, design, fashion, literature, music, or theatre).
  5. Only individuals who can issue tax receipts and whose main activity is related to the cultural area of the main product presented in the proposal may participate in this call.

For more details, review the Terms and Conditions document, and the Frequently Asked Questions.

Activities 2023/2024 Date
Registration period  July 12th to August 20th, 2023.
Time to submit the proposal  By 23:59 Mexico time on August 20th, 2023.
Results announcement  August 30th, 2023.
Time in which the festival must take place The festivals and their cultural proposals must take place in their entirety before June 30th, 2024.