Edinburgh International Culture Summit

Why Culture Matters

Scotland's cultural contribution to the world

Scotland is renowned across the globe for its rich culture and heritage. From its thriving contemporary arts and music scene to its triumphs in industry, medicine, science, law and literature, Scotland's story is one of creativity and innovation. Burns' Night and St Andrew's Day are international celebrations, enjoyed by the world's estimated 40 million Scots and Scots at heart.

More recent additions to traditional celebrations include the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, T in the Park and the largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe, which boasts everything from world class comedy to theatre, film, dance and the arts.

And 2012 the Year of Creative Scotland is shaping up to be a vintage year for Scottish culture.

At this year's Cannes Film Festival, Perthshire-born star Ewan McGregor was on the judging panel and Glasgow is the backdrop for Ken Loach's whisky heist comedy, The Angels' Share. Fellow Scot and Hollywood A-lister Alan Cumming appears in Glasgow and New York in the National Theatre of Scotland's production of Macbeth.

Disney/Pixar's Scotland-set movie, Brave, voiced by Scots stars including Billy Connolly and Craig Ferguson, receives its European premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Edinburgh, the world's festival city, is a unique setting for the International Culture Summit.

National dance company, Scottish Ballet which performed in China and the USA in recent years is joining forces for the first time with National Dance Company Wales and English National Ballet for the Dance GB tour.

It is where people come together from across the globe to share their passion for arts, culture and ideas and with 12 Festivals throughout the year, there is an endless array of events, performances and spectacles to enjoy.

Edinburgh's Festivals in August annually present more than 20,000 artists from around 75 countries, selling approximately two million tickets to audiences from every corner of the world.

These are just some of the reasons why Scotland was the ideal location to host the first International Culture Summit this year, welcoming ministers from around the world to focus on the power of culture in forging and fostering dialogue between nations.

About the summit

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit 2012 will bring together Culture Ministers with prominent artists, thinkers and others responsible for formulating cultural policy. 

They will discuss how the arts enrich the lives of people around the world and contribute to the wellbeing of nations.

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