The Cultural Attaché Network (CAN) is a series of briefing events for London-based Embassies, High Commissions and National Cultural Institutes to meet with their colleagues in the UK cultural sector.
Through CAN Cultural Attachés can:
- gain a wider understanding and knowledge of the arts and creative sector in the UK
- be introduced to key cultural organisations and cultural operators
- increase opportunities for creative and artistic exchange and collaboration
- access a forum to network with colleagues with a shared remit
The cultural attache visit organised by VA was very helpful and led to several productive programming cooperations" - Peter Millican, CEO, Kings’ Place
CAN provides a regular programme of briefings and visits developed for Cultural Attachés and those in the diplomatic community based in the UK. The programme is designed to familiarise Cultural Attachés with current policies, strategic landmarks and areas of the UK, and new developments within the UK arts sector, as well as facilitate introductions with key arts organisations and cultural operators. Additionally CAN provides a forum to engage in discussion around and collectively advance international cultural exchange. A programme of events are arranged each year and include short presentations usually held in London on specific topics with opportunities for questions and networking; visits to individual organisations of interest, including tours of facilities; targeted day trips to cities/ regions linked to significant cultural events; and 2-3 day familiarisation trips to specific areas of the UK.