Media Release: Second Edinburgh International Culture Summit to get under way on Sunday at the Scottish Parliament

INTERNATIONAL Culture Ministers and their delegations will join an array of international arts leaders and cultural experts for three days of lively discussions, presentations and performances.

Culture Summit 2014 will run 10-12 August at the Scottish Parliament – it offers unparalleled access to the cultural experts and arts leaders who are shaping arts policy across the globe.

There will be four sessions over three days held in the Debating Chamber which are open to the public and the media.

  • Sunday 10 August                16:00 -18:00 (OPENING CEREMONY)
  • Monday 11 August               09:30 – 10:30 and 14:30 – 15:30
  • Tuesday 12 August              10:00 – 11:30 (CLOSING CEREMONY)


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Highlights include:

  • UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, will speak during the opening session on culture’s place at the cutting-edge of inclusive sustainable development.
  • Nandi Mandela, the grand-daughter of Nelson Mandela – philanthropist and business-woman will talk on the theme of cultural identity.
  • Award-winning a cappella vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, described by Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s cultural ambassadors, will perform at the closing ceremony on Tuesday 12 August 2014.
  • Musical pioneer Jordi Savall with Hespèrion XXI musicians delighted the Summit participants and members of the public with a beautiful opening performance of early music.

Summit 2014 is a collaboration between the British Council, Edinburgh International Festival, Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament and UK Government.



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Notes to editors:

  1. 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 from the two-day event.
  2. Podcasts of the Summit partners talking ahead of the event are found here, as well as highlights from 2012
  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.

5. Supporting the Summit and adding extra colour and depth to the theme ‘Culture – A Currency of Trust’ will be new programme partners the Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI), launched in 2000 by His Highness the Aga Khan; Asialink at The University of Melbourne; and the United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) Committee on Culture – Agenda 21. These partners will widen the reach and range of theSummit’s global cultural conversations.

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