Our work in the arts aims to enable connections between UK cultural and creative industry professionals and organisations and their peers and audiences in Spain across all art forms. Equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights are the drivers of projects that catalyse and facilitate creative collaboration, showcasing and touring. 


A series of events to promote UK emerging and prestigious voices in literature, able to provide positive change in society and link them to Spanish Community members. ​ 

In collaboration with Hay Festival Segovia, Festival Eñe, Centro de Cultura Condeduque, Capítulo uno festival Madrid, Granta UK, Granta Spain.​ 

Our global literature website gathers together information about our main activities and projects, news from the British publishing and literature community, a worldwide festivals directory as well as learning resources nourished from major UK writers, plays and themes from contemporary British literature. 

Theatre and Dance

A season of bespoke workshops and encounters with emerging and cutting-edge UK playwrights and Spanish practitioners to highlight the best of UK Drama, explore and share their craft with Spanish peers and audiences. ​ 

In collaboration with Teatro de la Abadía, Tantakka Teatroa, Centro Dramático Nacional, Teatro del Barrio, Sala Beckett.​ 

Find out more about our global work in theatre and dance.


Electronic, jazz, traditional, folk, classical and indie: our music team work across all genres of music to promote British artists in Spain.

Selector Radio

The British Council produces this weekly radio programme to promote the best music from the UK scene. Thanks to Selector Radio, Spanish listeners have the opportunity to discover the latest bands succeeding on global stages.

Find out more about the programme and listen to its podcasts here.

For more information about our global work in music, please read this page.

Visual arts

We promote British plastic arts through activities and events such as touring exhibitions, artist residencies, workshops, seminaries and conferences. 

Our main projects

  • Museums Revisited: a capacity building programme by the British Council that facilitates dialogue between UK and European museums during a time of technological, social and political change. It creates a safe space for exchange, allowing museums to explore their ever/changing roles and responsibilities in response to global challenges such as climate change, gender equality and inclusive growth. 
  • The British Council Collection: discover our art collection with over 8.500 works of British Art. 


Our Film team promotes the latest works by British directors to showcase the innovation, diversity and excellence of UK cinema overseas. 

We showcase the diversity and excellence of emerging British filmmakers’ work through the British Council Touring Film packs​ in collaboration with festivals and venues that include the Academia de Cine, Conde Duque Arts Centre, Filmets Film Festival, La Térmica, Centro Cultural Internacional Oscar Niemeyer. 

Our flagship touring programme is the BAFTA Shorts film pack, the nominated and prize-winning shorts that compete in the categories of Best British Short Film and Best British Animated Short Film at the annual BAFTA Film Awards. 

The British Council also organises the Five Films For Freedom festival, an online celebration of global LGBTQIA+ stories, in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual rights, in partnership with BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival. 

Celebrating its tenth year in 2024, the programme showcases five LGBTQIA+ themed short films from around the globe making them available for the world to watch online for free, as we do every year over a 12-day period. 

In collaboration with Versión Digital British Council Spain also supports the live screening of a selection of top productions from the Royal Opera House annual Opera and Ballet seasons in cinemas all around Spain. 

Please, find out more about our global programmes in the audiovisual field.