Covid Update

At the British Council in Ireland, we are committed to providing you with the best that UK arts and culture has to offer even in times of crisis. We are working hard to deliver high-class events while responding to the guidance and restrictions of the Irish government and health authorities. For more information on what the British Council is doing around the globe, please see the British Council global arts response to Covid-19.

Why not sign up to our newsletter,  where we'll be keeping you up to date on what's happening at British Council Ireland and what we're supporting during lockdown.

In the meantime, we've put together a list of resources that you can enjoy virtually, from the comfort and safety of your home while staying connected.

Architecture Design Fashion

  • Our ADF team have a link to various Covid supports which you can find on their site.
  • Take a look at what projects our ADF team have at the moment and while you're on their site why not check out their archive for even more inspiration, including this International Fashion Show archive piece.
  • Applications are now also open for UK based curators for a research residency during the Vienna Design Week 2020 - Austria's largest and most international curated design festival.

Creative Economy

  • Our Creative Economy team have put together their response to Covid. They also have serveral resources that may be useful to keeping creative at this time.
  • Why not check out our Creative Economy teams blog to be kept up to date on everything they're doing.



  • The British Council literature team are currently running several projects to keep you entertained during lockdown and are even running a #LiteratureInLockdown blog series you can read.
  • Just a few weeks ago Cuirt held a digital festival on their Youtube. Head there now to take alook at what they had going on.
  • Why not unwind with your little ones and BBC Scotland Story Time with some big-name children’s authors reading from their books on Authors Live.
  • The Reader at Home brings you wonderful reading materials, shared reading online, by phone and more.


  • Explore the Britsh Museum, located in the heart of London, virtually without having to leave your home. Discover the ancient Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and hundreds of ancient artifacts.


  • If you're looking for new music during lockdown why not tune into Selector Radio every week with Jamz Supernova bringing you the best of UK music.
  • British Council music have several Covid music resources available on their site and while you're there why not check out some of their projects.
  • Boiler Room Films is a series by Britsh Council in partnership with Boiler Room TV to shine a spotlight on the regional music scene in the UK. For more, and to see the films, head to their website.
  • The Royal Opera House welcome you to enjoy free Friday premieres and live content you can access for free  at any time as part of their #OurHousetoYourHouse series.

Theatre and Dance

  • Our theatre and dance team have a variety of supports available during lockdown, and you can also see what they're currently involved in on their projects page .
  • The Globe Theatre at Home will premiere six of their productions for free on YouTube , releasing one every two weeks as from Monday 6 April, and you can also rent and buy an even larger collection of films (130 to be exact!), to enjoy via their video-on-demand platform, Globe Player.
  • The National Theatre has provided a selection of much-loved live productions made available to watch on their YouTube for free over the coming weeks.
  • Royal Academy of Dance @ HOME put together content to help you make the most of dancing at home including online dance classes for all ages and abilities, articles, interviews and more.

Visual Arts

  • Our visual arts team have put together their response to Covid which you can read on their site. You can also get a taste for what they have going on over on their website.
  • Why not take a look at the British Council Collection of art, craft, design which has been gathered since the late 1930's to showcase the achievements of the UK's best artists, craft practitioners and designers abroad.


  • Craft Scotland is the national development agency supporting makers and promoting craft. Get creative with their What’s On listings brimming with craft workshops, courses and exhibitions.

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