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China's largest British arts festival to kick off in April (2)

(Xinhua)

09:17, March 02, 2012

"The UK has one of the world's most active and vital arts scenes, where heritage and tradition continue to influence and inspire popular culture and contemporary art," said David Elliott, director of arts at the British Council. "So we're delighted to be able to bring a taste of this to China through UK Now."

Festival highlights in April and May will include exhibitions from Turner Prize-winning sculptor Tony Cragg and photographer Rankin, tours by the English National Ballet, and performances by the Philharmonia Orchestra, according to the British Council.

"The British Council has led extensive arts projects in China over the years, and has the experience to deepen and widen opportunities for people in China and the UK to understand each other better through the arts," director of the British Council Joanna Burke said.

"Through the British Council's experience in China and the educational outreach programs of participating museums, galleries, artists and performing groups from the UK, we're well placed to bring quality British arts to the wider community in China," she added.

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