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Connections
through
Culture

Manchester Digital Pilot

The Manchester
Network for Creative &
Cultural Collaboration
with China

The Manchester Network for Creative and Cultural Collaboration with China (MANCCC) is a network established in Manchester in 2019 to make the most of the city’s rich cultural assets to build strategic relationships with China.

MANCCC is working with the British Council in China and the England and Cities team based in Manchester to pilot a Digital Connections through Culture exchange and collaboration programme, using digital technologies to connect cultural leaders and creative practitioners and organisations in Greater Manchester with their counterparts in key target cities in China – Wuhan, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Changsha, and Shenzen.

The programme will focus on those participating from China collaborating digitally and online with those participating in Greater Manchester on a key area of shared interest, with themes focussing on social inclusion, sustainability, and gender equality.

About the opportunity

We are inviting a light touch expression of interest from creative and cultural professionals, organisations and networks from Greater Manchester who have been nominated to be part of pilot, based on strategic areas of interest for the city region.

10 online/digital collaborations (20 individuals/organisations in total from Greater Manchester and China) will be supported as part of the pilot from November 2020 – February 2021. The structure of each collaboration will be determined by the respective partners, but should work towards achieving the following outcomes:

Opportunity 0
Serve as a period of acclimatisation, increasing mutual cultural understanding and supporting knowledge exchange.
Opportunity 1
Seed enduring relationships between the individuals and organisations that go beyond ‘one-off’ projects or interventions.
Opportunity 2
Provide a platform for the formulation and testing of creative ideas which could be co-developed in the future.

The Digital Exchange phase will be flexible, although we anticipate it will take between 8 – 12 weeks for partners to develop ideas for further exploration. During this period, partners will be expected to keep in regular communication and work together on creating a concept or project idea for further development, with agreed milestones and outline workplans.

Partners will be asked to participate in the project evaluation, which may include the completion of surveys, participating in interviews and focus groups and sharing presentations. Greater Manchester-based partners may be asked to participate in further meetings with the MANCC and DANC networks, to share their learning and experience.

There are no grants associated with this phase of the programme, although we can support translation and other access related costs as part of our commitment and desire to welcome applications from D/deaf and disabled leaders and practitioners. Partners who complete the Digital Exchange will be invited to apply for a Partnership Development Grant of £2,500 to further co-develop their concept or project idea either digitally or in person (subject to air travel restrictions) in 2021.

We particularly welcome and encourage individuals who are, or who are working with, underrepresented groups who face barriers to participation in international programmes, including professionals and audiences who are D/deaf or disabled.

For any further information, contact us.

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