Culture& (formerly known as Cultural Co-operation) was established in 1987 with the mission of building inter-cultural dialogue and collaboration as a way of making positive social change.
For 30 years our music festivals engaged world renowned musicians in celebration of global cultural heritage. Bringing together both British-based and international artists, the festivals’ free admission programmes of music, performances, talks, workshops and visual arts offered audiences from all walks of life new ways of opening up who makes and enjoys the arts and engaging with non-western cultures.
We developed an Artist Network that focused on supporting over a thousand under-represented London artists to participate in cultural life with promotion, training and performance opportunities.
In 2009 Culture& received a £1 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (Skills for the Future) to deliver Strengthening Our Common Life (SOCL), work based accredited training placement in partnership with the UK’s leading museums and heritage institutions.
Millions of visitors have seen the work of our SOCL trainees who have completed year-long traineeships in partnering world class cultural organisations such as the British Museum, Historic Royal Palaces, the Royal Collection Trust, British Library, English Heritage and the Southbank Centre. Read more about our trainees here.
We have recently rebranded the organisation as Culture& and we have reconfigured our activity to focus on training, workforce development and audience development through public programmes.