Stephen Stenning is Director Culture & Development for British Council and has been responsible for setting up a £30m Cultural Protection Fund in partnership with UK Government Department of Culture Media and Sport. As Director Culture and Development Stephen now oversees the team running the Fund as well as British Council’s Global programme of creative and cultural programmes responding to development challenges. Stephen joined the Briutish Council as Director Arts Middle East North Africa in 2011 based in Cairo.
Stephen has a track record of running and programming successful arts organisations, events and venues, he originally working in London as a published playwright and director then moving to Scotland as a theatre director and Festival Producer.
Before joining the BC, Stephen was director Edinburgh Mela and on the Board of Festivals Edinburgh. He was on the Board of the UK Independent Street Arts Network and produced successful Scottish events – ‘Big in Falkirk’ (Scotland’s National Street Arts Festival), ‘Merchant City Festival’ and ‘Glasgow Art Fair’. He worked with artists on commissions and co-productions inc. “The Beautiful Journey” for international theatre company Wildworks; “Iconic Burns” the launch event for 2009 Scotland’s Year of Homecoming and ‘Home’ launching the National Theatre of Scotland.
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