Chile and Britain move forward to develop arts and culture
Last Friday, Nov. 11, the British Ambassador Jon Benjamin, the Minister of Culture, Luciano Cruz-Coke, and the Country Manager of the British Council, Andrew Chadwick, met in order to sign an agreement confirming the desire to work together in areas of art and culture.
One of the areas that has been targeted is the development of theater in Chile. Along with the FITAM (Festival Internacional Teatro a Mil), the British Council and the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes (CNCA) are going to develop a three-year program for emerging Chilean dramatists in
partnership with Royal Court Theatre in London.
After a welcoming speech by the ambassador, the agreement was signed.
During Andrew Chadwick’s speech, Luciano Cruz-Coke was presented with a Spanish version of the book, “T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity” by David Parish. The minister had also expressed an interest in the entrepreneurial side of culture as well as culture and arts in general.
“We’ve got a very good relationship with the government all round but particularly with the Minister of Culture, as a former actor, he’s got a great platform to put this across in itself,” Jon Benjamin said.
He continued, “In the wider sense, it is a UK-Chilean agreement, but it’s not between the governments as such, it’s more between the British Council. It is an autonomous organization, but nevertheless represents Britain in the Cultural field. Our role is to bring Britain to Chile, and though we help the inverse, Chile has a very active cultural wing in the embassy in London, it’s more about bringing experts together.”
Andrew Chadwick affirmed, “The event is great because it’s a chance for us to give the institutional seal on a
relationship that we have been working on for years. We’ve been working with the Consejo for a while, but this is the first time we have put it in writing… I think a lot of people in Chile look to the UK and appreciate it’s strength in the arts, and the UK on its behalf is very internationally focused and are keen to engage on that level. This is about developing ways in which Chile and UK can share ideas and develop cultural opportunities together.”