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Published on 27 May 2014

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by Scottish Parliament


Edinburgh, Scotland

This August, as part of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit hosted by the Scottish Parliament, members of the public are being offered the opportunity to hear business woman and grand-daughter of Nelson Mandela, Nandi Mandela, speak. Ms Mandela will address delegates at Holyrood in a public session on the capacity of the arts and culture to foster mutual understanding between nations.

The theme of ‘Culture – a Currency of Trust’ runs throughout the three day Summit (Sunday 10 – Tuesday 12 August) at Holyrood, with addresses from a wide spectrum of individuals from arts, academia, philanthropy and international relations including:

  • Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO
  • Robyn Archer, prolific Australian musician, artist and writer
  • Saskia Sassen, author and globalisation expert
  • Michael Power, author of “The Audit Society”
  • Jordi Savall, internationally renowned musician.

Members of the public will be able to apply for tickets for the four plenary sessions, which will take place in the Parliament’s Debating Chamber during the Summit.  Key note addresses and feedback from detailed policy discussions will explore:

  • Values and Measurements: the principles of valuing culture and how to measure that value
  • Cities and Culture: the city as the locus of cultural innovation and participation
  • Advocacy and Identity: how culture and cultural diversity are best sustained, promoted and protected.

Speaking ahead of the event, the Presiding Officer the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP said: 

“Here at the Parliament, we promote culture as a way of engaging with people on issues that matter to them.  We’ve seen first-hand the positive reaction from visitors to world-class art such as that of Andy Warhol and the Great Tapestry of Scotland, which will be back at Holyrood again this summer. 

“It is therefore our great pleasure to host the 2nd Edinburgh International Culture Summit, and we are delighted to offer members of the public this rare opportunity to hear from eminent speakers, including Nandi Mandela, as they explore the power of culture on nations.” 

The Culture Summit is now set in the international cultural calendar as a biennial event, following on from the success of the 2012 Summit which 33 countries attended. The 2nd Summit aims to build on these strong foundations to encourage further sharing of ideas, debates and future collaboration and amplify the idea that culture is a bridge that enables dialogue between nations, in a broad range of contexts. 

Commenting on the first speaker announcement, Jonathan Mills, Director of the Edinburgh International Festival said: 

“The success of the Summit in 2012 clearly demonstrated the appetite internationally for cultural dialogue and exchange, and its value. In the second Summit this summer we’ll consider further global issues around measuring the value of culture, the role of cities in cultural innovation and individuals engagement with cultural diversity. To provoke conversation and debate we will bring together experts in their fields of arts, academia, philanthropy and international relations who will act as a catalyst for deep and invigorating discussions, and I particularly look forward to welcoming Nandi Mandela, Irina Bokova, and Robyn Archer in this role.  

“Coinciding with the summer Festivals at their most intense it once again a fantastic opportunity to showcase the city and Scotland’s culture, and to bring together artists, Culture Ministers and delegations from around the world in an unparalleled celebration of the arts.” 

The Summit is a collaboration between the Scottish Government, the UK Government, Scottish Parliament, the Edinburgh International Festival and British Council.  It will bring together Culture Ministers with prominent artists, thinkers and others involved in developing and implementing cultural policy. 

It will once again take place in August in the Scottish Parliament building with the vibrant cultural backdrop of the Edinburgh’s Festivals in full swing.  Culture Ministers, artists and art leaders will have the opportunity to attend world class performances and events, which attract audiences from more than 70 nations. 

Scottish Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop said: 

“This excellent line up of speakers demonstrates the importance of the Culture Summit, which will showcase Scotland as a vibrant international Cultural Hub during the Edinburgh Festivals in August. 

“The second Summit follows the success of the first event held in August 2012 and is particularly appropriate at a time when the eyes of the world are already focused on Scotland for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and other events of 2014. 

“The Summit will celebrate and enhance Scotland’s global reputation for creativity, innovation and imagination.” 

UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said: 

“The UK’s culture is world-renowned and this year’s summit will allow us to highlight this country’s unique and varied cultural offer, but also to bring other countries together and explore the opportunities cultural dialogue can bring, building relationships and boosting business too. The range of speakers and attendees from around the world will ensure we can strengthen both our cultural and wider relationships and I look forward to seeing everyone there.” 

Chief Executive, British Council, Sir Martin Davidson KCMG noted: 

"Scotland's historic capital has culture and learning at its heart and is perhaps the greatest cultural festival city in the world – and that makes Edinburgh a fitting place to stage the summit.  Building on the success of the first event in 2012, this August’s summit will bring together culture ministers from every continent and especially the Commonwealth. The themes this year include the value of culture and how to measure it, and, at different ends of the spectrum, the roles of cities and international organisations.  These themes matter to all countries, and I anticipate a productive exchange of knowledge and ideas while building strong international ties in the process.”


Members of the public can apply for tickets to attend four Debating Chamber sessions throughout the Summit.  The full programme will be announced on 11 July with the public sessions as follows: 

  • On Sunday 11 August, the Opening Session and Plenary 1 will take place (Session 1 - 16:00 – 18:00) with special artist performances and selected speakers reflecting key issues from each of the three policy strands explored at the Summit. 
  • On Monday 12 August, Plenary 2 (Session 2 - 09:30 – 10:30) and Plenary 3 (Session 3 - 14:30 to 15:30) will showcase a further suite of presentations.  
  • On Tuesday 12 August, the Summit concludes with the Closing Plenary (Session 4 - 10:00 – 11:30). 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 Ministers to respond with comments from the floor and a final artist performance.   

Tickets can be applied for via email at culturesummit2014@scottish.parliament.uk or in writing to Public Ballot, Edinburgh International Culture Summit, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP.  

The public are being 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 the Summit progress via the website – http://www.culturesummit.com/ 

You can follow the Culture Summit @culturesummit or visit www.culturesummit.com


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Posted 2014-05-27 09:53:00