Cultural Co-operation

Cultural Co-operation

Charity information

Cultural Co-operation

Cultural Co-operation (CC) is a London-based arts and education charity promoting cross-cultural contact, dialogue and understanding.

CC’s programmes have been developed over the last 20 years by a team with strong track records in the education and cultural diversity sectors. All programmes have Education at their heart – ranging from schools work, to professional development, to individual personal and spiritual growth. The 3 core programme strands are:

• FESTIVAL: The free admission annual Music Village is Europe’s longest-running Festival of world cultures. Taking place in accessible, attractive locations around London, the event creates a welcoming setting within which individuals and artists from the UK’s diverse communities, as well as from abroad, grow intellectually and spiritually through learning about both their own, and each other’s, cultures. Future Music Villages to 2012 will focus on China (2008), and on celebrating London as a vibrant, multi-national World City (2010-12 onwards).

• EDUCATION: Core to CC’s ongoing work, the Education Programme engages schoolchildren from London’s most deprived Boroughs in discovering, and learning about, the increasingly diverse cultures that co-exist in the classroom. Workshops/residencies are delivered by professional artist educators, whose disciplines span many world cultures. Residencies are accompanied by informed Teacher’s Packs/contextual materials. . CC has additionally developed a ground-breaking accredited CPD course, which provides artists with the necessary formal skills and certification required to find employment independently in UK schools and museums. Future Education work to 2012 will build on the strengths of the programme to date, providing an increasing number of artists with the qualifications and confidence to take on more CC residencies in London’s schools, including a new week-long Summer School.

• NETWORK: CC’s London: Diaspora Capital network was initiated in 1998. This unprecedented network comprises 260+ artists and musicians from over 80 of the capital’s national and faith communities. Membership provides these often overlooked and marginalised artists with: web exposure via a dedicated audiovisual database, opportunities for networking, both with each other and with professionals from the UK arts and funding sector, formal and informal professional development, and broadcast and performance opportunities, including within CC’s own programmes. Future development of the network will focus on building on and increasing opportunities for professional development available to members, including the introduction of an Advanced CPD course for those who can demonstrate strong talent, commitment, and promise. The course will be customised for each participant, and will lead, in each case, to the opportunity for that group/individual to take a significant tangible step to organisational growth (for example, applying for and securing a grant).

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