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Culture as an International Dialogue
The first International Culture Summit took place in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, on August 13 and 14. The enduring belief in the power of culture and the arts to transform individual ambition and lives, nations and international dialogue lay at the heart of the Summit.
Edinburgh International Cultural Summit
In the Year of Creative Scotland and the London 2012 Festival, in one of the world's most famous Festival cities, the Summit celebrated and enhanced that reputation. The International Culture Summit was a collaboration between four partner organisations – the Scottish Government, the UK Government, the British Council and the Edinburgh International Festival – and was hosted at the Scottish Parliament. The Summit theme was 'Culture as an International Dialogue’.
We were pleased to welcome all delegates to the inaugural Edinburgh International Culture Summit.
Scotland's Parliament sits at the foot of Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile in front of the spectacular Holyrood Park and Salisbury Crags. Constructed from a mixture of steel, oak, and granite, the complex Holyrood building was hailed on opening as one of the most innovative designs in Britain today.
Drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape, Enric Miralles, one of the world's premier architects, developed a design that he said was a building "growing out of the land".
The Edinburgh International Culture Summit was a collaboration between partner organisations – the Scottish Government, the UK Government, the British Council and the Edinburgh International Festival – and was hosted at the Scottish Parliament.
The Summit was a lively mix of plenary sessions and private policy discussions, bringing together Culture Ministers with artists, thinkers and others responsible for formulating and implementing cultural policy to discuss how the arts enrich the lives of people around the world and contribute to the wellbeing of nations.
Extending your stay
We recommend that if you are extending your stay in Edinburgh that you visit the Edinburgh Festival Delegate Centre which will offer you a host of bespoke services allowing you to make the most of our Festival City, our six August Festivals and the 1000+ shows a day, including ticketing support, facilitating meetings with key creative, civic and government bodies and institutions, a seminar programme and a Festival City tour
The Festival City
With 12 major Festivals spread throughout the year in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Edinburgh remains the world’s Festival city and the destination of choice for visitors from around the world.
This is Scotland
As Scotland welcomed you to the Edinburgh International Culture Summit this video gives you a flavour of what the country has to offer.
Edinburgh International Festival
The Edinburgh International Festival is a prestigious invitation to artists and an unmissable date for international audiences. Built on 65 years of success it continues to inspire and be imitated in all corners of the globe while remaining a fundamental part of Scotland’s past, present and future.