Big Village – Digital


A new commission for Upswing for the UK/Australia 2021-22 season with British Council Australia. 

Big Village – Digital is a curated conversation, a manifesto for action for the future, supporting the development of global majority artists and companies. 

Through a series of short films and public online conversations, Big Village – Digital will profile and celebrate the work of artists and companies outside of the unspoken cultural values that prioritise the canon of ‘literary theatre’ and historically the work of white writers.

Big Village – Digital will bring together makers who are not only bringing new stories to our creative spaces, but are also pioneering new modes of articulation and expression, using populist art forms like circus and cabaret to create performances led by the body that challenge colonial and class-based notions of art.

Upswing is partnering with Casus Circus (Brisbane, AUS), and a total of six companies, 3 in Australia and 3 in the UK, will create a digital space where over the course of 4 months we will share our working practices and think about what is needed to support and develop global majority artists and companies across the arts. 

We will open these dialogues up to a wider audience in a final event – “Sharing the Past – Developing the Future” – a conversation highlighting what we have learnt from our exchange.

We will be introducing Casus Circus, alongside the other Australian and UK based companies in the lead-up to the project. Upswing will be launching the six films, alongside a public online curated conversation in March 2022. Be sure to follow our InstagramFacebook and Twitter accounts, or sign up to our mailing list to get live updates.

Key Dates

Digital Film Premiere
9 March 2022
9am (GMT) 7pm (AEST)

Curated Conversation
22 March 2022
9am (GMT) 7pm (AEST)

Learn more about the UK/AU season here

Learn more about Big Village – Digital Here


The UK/Australia Season is a joint partnership between British Council Australia, British Council, Australia House London and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.