The State of Culture: Bilateral cultural relations between Spain and the UK

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The State of Culture: Bilateral cultural relations between Spain and the UK

15th March, 2-5pm HOME, Manchester

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With the aim of continuing to strengthen and develop cultural relations between the UK and Spain, XTRAX and Without Walls worked in collaboration with the British Council Spain to deliver an event aimed at igniting conversations and providing a springboard for future international exchange.

Using the recent British Council report “The State of Culture, a cultural snapshot of Spain” as a starting point which presents an up-to-date picture of the current challenges and opportunities for collaboration with this particular country, the event presented a platform for refreshed conversations between organisations and professionals from these two countries’ cultural sectors. 

The aim of this discussion was to provide a space for conversation and lay the foundations of a sustainable and solid framework for cooperation between Spain and the United Kingdom, fostered by real needs and a continued exploration of ways to support the mobility of cultural and artistic ideas and talent.

Schedule for the event

1:30 – 2pm Arrivals and refreshments

2 – 2:15 Welcome and presentation of The State of Culture, a cultural snapshot of Spain” by Cristina Ward, Head of Arts for British Council Spain

2:15 – 3:45 Roundtable discussion with

3:45 – 5pm Networking drinks

The event was hosted by HOME in the context of  ¡Viva! Festival, their annual celebration of Spanish and Latin American culture, showcasing the most exciting cinema from across the Spanish-speaking world.

The State of Culture: Bilateral cultural relations between Spain and the UK was open to all cultural professionals with an interest in international exchange and bilateral relations.

Venue information


2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester M15 4FN

For more information, please visit their website.


The venue is within 1 mile radius from the city centre rail stations. Below are approximate distances:

  • Deansgate – 0.2 miles
  • Manchester Oxford Rd – 0.3 miles
  • Manchester Piccadilly – 0.7 miles
  • Manchester Victoria –  1 mile

The nearest Metrolink stop is Deansgate-Castlefield (0.2miles distance).

The nearest bus stop is for the bus number 256, stopping on Medlock Street, 50 metres and 150 metres from HOME’s entrance. Free buses run from Piccadilly, Salford Central, Victoria, Oxford Road and Deansgate train stations. There are three circular routes covering the city centre – Route 3 stops near HOME, on Whitworth Street West.


HOME is fully accessible, with measures in place for wheelchair users, disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent people – find a full list of all access measures here

Image credits: The State Of Culture event at HOME Ⓒ Kieran Hanson

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Our Partners

British Council

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities and is committed to fostering cultural exchange between the UK and the rest of the world. It promotes the diversity of UK culture, creativity, innovation and excellence through the development of transformative and inclusive projects, paving the way towards building and consolidating collaborative global communities.

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Without Walls

Without Walls is a consortium of over 30 partners working together to create, develop and tour innovative new work and invest in the growth of the outdoor arts sector. We commission outdoor shows of the highest quality that push the boundaries of what outdoor arts can be. Each year, we present a programme of new work that premieres at our leading festival partners. These shows go on to tour across our wider network.

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HOME is Manchester’s centre for international contemporary culture. Since opening in May 2015, HOME has welcomed over four million visitors to its two theatres, five cinemas, art gallery, book shop and restaurants. HOME works with international and UK artists to produce entertaining, extraordinary experiences, creating an exciting mix of thought-provoking film, art, drama, dance, and festivals, with a strong focus on new commissions, and talent development.

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Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. They have set out their strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 they want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. They invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.

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