Cultural leaders representing over 30 countries from across the world will today gather at the Scottish Parliament for the opening day of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit.
During the three day Summit, Culture Ministers will debate the issues on the theme of: ‘Culture – a Currency of Trust’.
International experts in the field of culture will address delegates at the Summit, including philanthropist and business woman Nandi Mandela (the grand-daughter of Nelson Mandela) and Irina Bokova, the Director General of UNESCO.
World renowned artists will also perform at the Summit including Spanish and South African performers, Jordi Savall accompanied by Hespèrion XXI musicians and award-winning a cappella vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Presiding Officer, The Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP said:
“The Scottish Parliament is proud to welcome cultural leaders from all over the world for the second Edinburgh International Cultural Summit. This Summit is about bringing culture and politics together, using culture as a means to engage in dialogue and share ideas.
“At the Scottish Parliament we are no stranger to this. We support culture as a way of bringing people into the Parliament to engage them in the political process, whether it’s the Great Tapestry of Scotland or our Andy Warhol exhibition.
“I look forward to chairing what will no doubt be a creative, thought-provoking and enlightening debate.”
The public sessions will be broadcast live on the Parliament’s website.
1. The Edinburgh International Culture Summit 2014 is a collaboration between the British Council, Edinburgh International Festival, Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament and UK Government.
2. www.culturesummit.com provides information to delegates, visitors and all those with an interest in arts and cultural policy. It also hosts opinion articles from leading cultural figures from around the world, as well as live video streaming
3. The theme for this year’s Summit is ‘Culture – a Currency of Trust’ reflecting Summit 2014’s belief in the capacity of culture and the arts to foster mutual understanding between nations and among citizens.
4. This year’s programme offers plenary sessions in the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber which are open to the public, and detailed private policy discussions around these three interlinking strands:
• Values and Measurements: the principles of valuing culture and how to measure that value.
• Cities and Culture: the role of cities as incubators of cultural innovation.
• Advocacy and Identity: how culture and cultural diversity are best sustained, promoted and protected.