The UK/Australia Season includes hundreds of events in the two countries including dancers from Queensland Ballet’s Young Artist Programme performing at the Royal Opera House and three concerts in the capital by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Coming to the UK next year is the Shaun The Sheep’s Circus Show inspired by the Aardman Animation TV show, while the Design Museum will host a series of talks about fashion and architecture by expat Australians.
The season also includes a performance by indigenous Australian musician Jessie Lloyd who will bring her Mission Songs project to Brixton next year.
The singer, who made her name performing indigenous folk songs, will create a “music map” of the south London neighbourhood more than 40 years after anti-racism protests erupted into violence.
Other venues taking part include the British Film Institute, the British Museum and the Southbank Centre.
George Brandis, high commissioner for Australia, said: “Further to the Free Trade Agreement announcement last week, the UK/Australia Season 2021-22 is the most ambitious cultural exchange between the UK and Australia.
“It comes at a time of great change and opportunity to look at ourselves, and at one another, through fresh eyes.
“Australian audiences will experience some of the UK’s famous companies and artists; UK audiences across the nation will experience new and innovative work coming out of Australia right now, alongside our globally recognised and world-class artists, major performing arts companies and cultural institutions.”
The scheme is being funded by the Australian government and the British Council as well as by a number of philanthropists.