The British Council

The British Council is an organisation and registered charity which works in over 100 countries to promote international educational and cultural engagement with the United Kingdom and the English language.

Cultural exchange and the sharing of creativity is central to the work of The British Council, which in its own words was established to encourage ‘a friendly knowledge and understanding’ between the rest of the world and the UK.

It has helped foster a number of creative and literary projects between the UK and other countries. These have included celebrations as part of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 and the 10-day LGBT film festival fiveFilms4freedom. In 2015, a global programme ‘Shakespeare Lives’ was launched to celebrate the work and life of William Shakespeare 400 years after his death.

Customer service offices of The British Council are based in Bridgewater House on Whitworth Street in Manchester.