CULTURE Ministers and leading arts and culture experts from across the world are set to gather in Edinburgh from 10 – 12 August 2014 for the second Edinburgh International Culture Summit titled, ‘Culture – A Currency of Trust’.
Hosted at the Scottish Parliament, the summit will bring together a range of eminent speakers including Ms Nandi Mandela, business woman and granddaughter of Nelson Mandela; Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO; world-renowned musician, Jordi Savall; and French-Vietnamese choreographer, Ea Sola.
Summit 2014 is a collaboration between the British Council, Edinburgh International Festival, Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament and UK Government.
During the three-day event, four sessions held in the Scottish Parliament’s Debating Chamber will be open to the public. Members of the public can still apply for tickets through the public ballot system.
The full public programme is as follows:
Sunday 10 August
16:00 – 18:00, Opening Ceremony and Plenary One
Culture Summit delegates and participants will be welcomed on August 10 by the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, Scotland’s Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP and UK Secretary of State for Media, Culture and Sport, Sajid Javid MP.
The summit programme will be introduced by Sir Jonathan Mills, Director of the Edinburgh International Festival.
Internationally-renowned musician Jordi Savall, one of the world’s true musical pioneers, will play a selection of early music along with fellow musicians from – Hespèrion XXI. Savall has been recognised as EU Ambassador for intercultural dialogue and advocates the use of music as a medium to achieve understanding.
Plenary One will begin with a powerful presentation from Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO – taking a long-term view on international advocacy, and Simon Anholt leading professor, thinker and practitioner on culture and influence on a global scale.
Monday 11 August
09:30 – 10:30, Plenary Two
The second plenary session will present Ms Nandi Mandela considering cultural identity as a ‘Source for Positive Change in a Global Environment’; Ben Barber considering the Culture of the City; Robyn Archer exploring what is meant by the use of and value in the arts? The session will be rounded to a close by choreographer, Ea Sola, who will give a personal reflection on her work exploring traditional Vietnamese culture and emergence of the individual from collective thinking.
14:30 – 15:30, Plenary Three
The third plenary discussion will start with a presentation by arts manager and activist Basma El Husseiny who has promoted cultural exchange projects in the Arab region for over 20 years. Danilo Santos de Miranda, Sao Paulo director of Brazilian Arts Funding Agency SESC considers the unique and hugely successful SESC model.
Paul Carter will round off the session by exploring different cultural forms, artistic practices and design to create new public ‘situations’.
Tuesday 12 August
10:00 – 11:30, Closing Plenary
The Summit concludes with the Closing Plenary. Rapporteurs will summarise the various presentations and private discussions of the Summit, observing the salient points, ideas and outcomes. There will be an opportunity for Delegates and participants to respond with comments from the floor and a final artist performance.
Tickets can be applied for via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to Public Ballot, Edinburgh International Culture Summit, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP.
The public are asked to clearly indicate which of the sessions they would like to attend by Friday 25 July, 12 noon and will be notified of their allocation by Tuesday 29 July.
Members of the public can keep up to date with Summit progress via the live stream on the website – www.culturesummit.com and via Twitter on @culturesummit
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Notes to editors:
1. www.culturesummit.com provides information to delegates, visitors and all those with an interest in arts and cultural policy. It will also host opinion articles from leading cultural figures from around the world, as well as live video streaming from the two-day event.
2. 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.
3. 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 principles of valuing culture and how to measure that values
• Advocacy and Identity: how culture and cultural diversity are best sustained, promoted and protected.
4. Members of the public can apply for tickets to attend four Debating Chamber sessions throughout the Summit.
Tickets can be applied for via email at email@example.com or in writing to Public Ballot, Edinburgh International Culture Summit, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP. The public must clearly indicate which of the sessions they would like to attend by Friday 25 July, 12 noon and will be notified of their allocation by 29 July.
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