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November 10, 2009
New Business: the British Council

DHR Communications is delighted to have been appointed to work with the British Council in Ireland. The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. It has been operating in Ireland for the past 20 years.

The British Council recently celebrated its 75th anniversary and marked the occasion in Ireland with a reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Glencairn, Dublin. A new strategy for collaborative working in Ireland and Northern Ireland was launched at the event.

Projects in which the British Council in Ireland is currently involved include:

  • OPENCities: an initiative aimed at exploring how immigration can significantly contribute to a city’s success. Over 100 cities – including Dublin – will be engaged in the project. A photography exhibition and ‘city soundtrack’ music competition will take place in Ireland in spring 2010, and research will be published documenting the experiences and attitudes of migrants in Dublin.
  • Challenge Europe: a three-year campaign aimed at making a lasting impact on the climate change debate across Europe. Almost 300 Challenge Europe ‘advocates’ – aged 18-35 – are working with various sectors to identify and explore climate-related issues and challenges locally and across Europe. The ultimate aim of the project is to change business practice, policy and public behaviour.
  • Conversations with Africa: a collaborative partnership between the science museum, W5, in Northern Ireland, Irish Aid and the British Council. Students aged 14-16 from schools in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Ethiopia and Ghana will debate and raise awareness of sustainable development issues on a local and global scale through video-conferencing and other activities.

DHR Communications will be working with the British Council over the coming months to promote these – and other – initiatives.

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