1. Commitments
  2. International

Our international investment supports the strong and sustainable presence of Canadian artists and organizations and their work in the world.

Overall result

With our commitment to international, the Council is raising the profile of Canadian artists and arts organizations, making sure they have the opportunity to share the best of the arts created in Canada with global audiences. We’re also fostering reciprocity by welcoming international artists to Canada and by supporting bilateral and multilateral co-productions and artist residencies.

We have already met our commitment to double our support to international activities and we will continue to support the global reach of Canada’s artists through our granting programs in the years ahead.

Targets and investments

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A Shared conversation for the Americas

In May 2018, the Council hosted the first ever Americas Cultural Summit in Ottawa.

The summit brought together more than 160 artists, thinkers and leaders in public funding of arts and culture to discuss cultural citizenship.

The event concluded with a joint call to action, which will drive exchange and collaboration across the Americas and bring greater international exposure for Canadian artists for years to come.

A Showcase of Canada in Edinburgh

The Edingburgh Festival Fringe is one of the biggest international arts marketplaces—a platform to raise an artist’s cultural profile, showcase established companies and promote emerging talent.

That’s why the Council supported CanadaHub—a showcase of the best of Canada’s contemporary performing arts scene—at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018.

Praised by international audiences and in the media, this showcase gives new life to artistic works already celebrated across Canada.

Strengthening global ties

Establishing partnerships, strengthening existing ones and raising the international profile of Canada’s artists.

That’s what the Council did when it joined the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Creative Industries Trade Mission to Latin America in February 2019.

This is one example of how the Council is increasingly included in international conversations that are creating new opportunities for Canadian artists and arts organizations around the world.