British Council Scotland
Year of Young People opportunity

Southbank Centre’s WoW Festival Mulheres Do Mundo
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil


As part of British Council Scotland’s work to create new international opportunities during Scotland’s Year of Young People, we are working in partnership with Glasgow Women’s Library, the UK’s only Accredited Museum dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, to offer one fully-funded place for a young woman currently working and/or studying in the creative industries in Scotland and aged 18-26 to join a Scottish delegation visit to the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World (WoW) Festival Mulheres Do Mundo in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, from 14-18 November 2018.

The opportunity in detail

The candidate will be selected by staff at British Council Scotland and Glasgow Women’s Library to take part in a British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland supported delegation attending the first edition of the WoW festival to be held in Brazil, in the city of Rio de Janeiro from 16-18 November. The trip will also include a wrap-around programme of meetings in Rio de Janeiro from 14-15 November.

The activity is embedded within a wider partnership which the British Council and Creative Scotland have been developing since 2012 around shared interests and co-investment to better support the cultural sector in Scotland to explore international working. The partners have been implementing a long-term approach to build on existing collaborations and provide scope for new opportunities between Scottish and Brazilian artists, arts professionals and arts organisations to help enable collaborations and the development of lasting networks.

WoW Rio de Janeiro provides an opportunity for Scottish practitioners to be part of initiatives which can make a significant contribution towards reducing social inequality in gender relations and structural racism by creating safe spaces for such conversations to happen. The partners have identified individuals working in Scotland whose practice resonates with this focus and who could benefit from raising their own profile, as well as expand their own network with like-minded Brazilian peers. The candidate selected for this Year of Young People opportunity will complement this profile.

Key information

The delegation will take place from 14-18 November 2018. 

The visit will begin with a wrap-around programme of meetings in Rio de Janeiro taking place on 14 and 15 November. It will then move to Southbank Centre’s WoW Festival Mulheres Do Mundo, Rio De Janeiro, from 16 to 18 November 2018 (

All costs will be covered by the British Council, to include: travel, accommodation, attendance at the WoW Festival, and a per diem of £20 for each day of the trip. 

Travel from Scotland to Brazil will take place from either Glasgow or Edinburgh. 


The opportunity is open to young women working and/or studying in the creative industries aged 18-26 and resident in Scotland.

The successful applicant must have a valid passport to enable travel from Scotland to Brazil and be available for the above dates.

How to apply

Expressions of interest should be sent by email to Saoirse Docherty, Year of Young People Intern at British Council Scotland, by 17:00hrs on Thursday 25 October 2018. 

You must include a CV and a statement of no more than 500 words outlining your commitment to the objectives of WOW Rio de Janeiro, which are:

  • Celebrating women and girls’ achievements in a platform that encompasses different artistic and cultural expressions, stories, debates, and reflections that enables the sharing of their dreams, fears and battles.
  • Providing a welcoming and open space where the importance and leadership of contemporary feminisms are acknowledged and celebrated from a perspective of cultural change.
  • Promoting a reflection about structural inequality in Brazil around issues related to the different experiences of being a woman, particularly in a city like Rio de Janeiro where race, gender and economic disparities are still prevalent.

The statement should also cover how you would benefit from the experience, how you would apply what you learn, and how it would help develop your career in the creative industries. 

The successful candidate will be required to work with British Council Scotland to create digital content about the visit; for example, by contributing a blog, taking part in a Q&A interview and sharing their experience via British Council Scotland social media channels.

Staff at British Council Scotland and Glasgow Women’s Library will assess applications, and aim to notify the successful candidate by 17:00hrs on Monday 29 October 2018.

Deadline for entries 

Thursday 25 October 2018 at 17:00hrs.

Applications should be sent by email to

The deadline has now passed. Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in the opportunity. We aim to notify the successful candidate by 17:00hrs on Monday 29 October 2018, and those who have been unsuccessful on this occasion by Friday 2 November 2018. 

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

About Glasgow Women’s Library 

Glasgow Women’s Library is the only Accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending library, archive collections and innovative programmes of public events & learning opportunities.

About WOW – Women of the World

Southbank Centre's WOW – Women of the World festival is a global festival movement launched by Jude Kelly CBE in London in 2010, followed by the first festival in March 2011, that celebrates women and girls and looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential. Each festival across the world – made up of talks, debates, music, activism, mentoring, pop ups and performance – celebrates women and girls, takes a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential, and raises awareness globally of the issues they face and possible solutions.

[Admin note: on 19 October 2018 the deadline was moved one day forward - to 17:00hrs on Thursday 25 October 2018 from 17:00hrs on Wednesday 24 October 2018.

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