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Edinburgh International Culture Summit

CPD served as a knowledge partner at the 2016 Edinburgh International Culture Summit (August 24-26) in Scotland. The biennial summit convenes cultural ministers, artists, academics and policy makers for a global discussion on critical issues in culture. This year’s theme, “Building Resilient Communities,” unpacked the role of culture in shaping and sustaining diverse, inclusive communities. Key thematic topics explored the protection of cultural heritage, the fiscal and social costs of investing in culture, and the barriers to cultural participation.

As a knowledge partner, CPD helped lead and participate in discussions on culture and participation, and shared summit highlights via digital channels to expand the conversation on the vital role of cultural diplomacy/cultural relations in advancing global peace and security.

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

More information about the summit and the schedule of events is available here.

You can watch the sessions live at the Scottish Parliament - see schedule below - or follow along on Twitter as we live tweet via #edculturesummit. 

Thursday August, 25 2016

9:30-10:15 Culture and Heritage Plenary  

14:00-14:45 Culture and Economics Plenary  

Friday August, 26 2016

9:30-10:15 Culture and Participation Plenary

14-15:15 Closing Plenary 


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Opening Ceremony of the  2016 Culture Summit

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Culture and Heritage plenary

  • Francesco Bandarin, Assistant Director-General for Culture UNESCO Paris
  • Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Aga Khan Development Network, Geneva
  • Maamoun Abdulkarim, Director-General Antiquities and Museums in Syria, Damascus

Culture and Economics plenary

  • Jude Kelly, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre, London
  • Youssou N'Dour, former Minister of Culture for Senegal, Dakar
  • Mike Power, Professor of Accounting, London School of Economics

Friday, August 26, 2016

Culture and Participation plenary

  • David Leventhal, Programme Director and founding teacher, Mark Morris Dance Group's Dance for PD® programme, New York
  • Matthew Peacock, Artistic Director, Streetwise Opera London
  • Jay Wang, Director, USC Center on Public Diplomacy

Closing Plenary

  • Rapporteurs' Summaries
  • Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, British Council
  • Fergus Linehan, Festival Director and Chief Executive, Edinburgh International Festival
  • Ken Mackintosh MSP, Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament




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