It has just been announced that The United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom are putting in efforts in the year ahead for a special teamwork to honour the log historical as well as cultural ties between the two countries.
This movement is spearheaded by the British Council in the UK-UAE 2017. This year is set to be the Year of Creative Collaboration and will see a wide array of partners gather for special celebrations throughout the year ranging from concerts and operas to public art displays and a film festival.
According to the British Council, “The Year of Creative Collaboration aims to increase the visibility of the UK in the UAE and vice versa in order to give greater focus, depth and contemporary relevance to the long-standing relationship between our two nations. The unique cultural programme will strengthen existing relationships and broker new ones between our people, institutions and businesses. We will explore the role culture plays in shaping the societies of tomorrow. Through an innovative programme of high-quality projects, we will stimulate and inspire the next generation and look towards future collaboration between the UK and the UAE”.
This movement would be led by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the Prince of Wales.
Robin Mason, Pro-Vice-Chancellor International of University of Birmingham, told Gulf News that as one of the key partners, the university will help explore both cultures in months ahead.
“We will work closely with the British Council as part of the wider UK cultural team which is participating in the UK-UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration,” he said. “The programme celebrates a range of traditional, visual and performing arts throughout 2017. Institutions and organisations across the UAE and the UK will contribute to the programme of cultural exchange, which will include arts, literature, education, society, sport, science and trade,” Mason said.