Edinburgh International Culture Summit

About Edinburgh

Edinburgh's unique natural landscape houses a mass of spectacular archiectecture, from Georgian townhouses to baroque opulence. The Old Town and New Town districts of Edinburgh were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 in recognition of the unique character of the Medieval Old Town and the planned Georgian New Town.

Edinburgh is also home to the world's first UNESCO City of Literature owing to its rich literary past and present. Edinburgh based writers have been inspired to create world renowned and lasting literary characters such as Peter Pan and Sherlock Holmes, and authored famous books such as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Treasure Island.  Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the skyline, looming down from its volcanic peak at the top of the Royal Mile and attracts over 1.2 million visitors per year.

The Festival City There is no better setting than Edinburgh in August for a conversation about forging an international dialogue through culture. The energy, dynamism and internationalism of the Edinburgh International Festival and its partner Festivals provide the perfect context for a truly global and innovative Summit on culture and cultural relations.

During Summit 2016, the city will be at the height of its Festival season.

Edinburgh International Festival Founded in 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival is one of the world's pre-eminent cultural events, presenting the finest international artists and companies from classical music, theatre, opera and dance for three weeks every August. Invitations from the Festival Director to appear at the International Festival are highly sought after, offering an exceptional international showcase of the very best and most exciting work to audiences from over 70 nations. Details of the 2016 programme will be available from 6 April.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo One of the world's most spectacular entertainment events, in its 66th season, having sold out for the last 16 years running. The 2014 Tattoo will be celebrating 'Our Home, Friends and Family' as Scotland prepares to welcome the world as part of the exciting Year of Homecoming. Hundreds of participants from across the Commonwealth are set to join a glittering cast of performers to play their part in this year's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Music, dance and precision display with the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, cultural troupes, singers and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe The Edinburgh Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. Every year thousands of performers, from over 40 countries, take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, children's shows, musicals, operas, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events. The full programme for 2016 is announced early in June.

Edinburgh International Book Festival at Charlotte Square Gardens. The largest public celebration of the written word in the world. The Book Festival welcomes over 800 authors in over 700 events each year including novelists poets, scientists, philosophers, sportsmen, illustrators, graphic artists, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists. Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides, bringing readers and writers together for entertainment, discussion and pure inspiration. The full programme for 2016 is announced in June.

Edinburgh Art Festival Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK's largest annual celebration of visual art. Uniquely, the festival offers the chance to experience the best contemporary Scottish artists in the context of exhibitions of the most important international artists and movements of the 20th Century and historial periods. Edinburgh Art Festival brings together the capital's leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, alongside new public art commissions by established and emerging artists and an innovative programme of special events. This year's programme includes a major Festival-led exhibition that brings together curators from five Commonwealth countries: New Zealand, South Africa, India, Canada and the UK, to explore themes of common-wealth through the work of 20 international artists.

Scotland Scotland also has a lot more to offer, Edinburgh - the historical capital is the gateway to Scotland. In less than 45 minutes, you can be in the scenic highlands, walking along deserted beaches or hiking in majestic mountains. Home to 7 diverse cities and 19 world-class universities and colleges, Scotland is a fantastic place to visit, live, work and study. To find out more visit www.scotland.org

If you would like to explore more about Scotland visit www.visitscotland.com



About the 2016 Culture Summit

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit 2016 brought together Culture Ministers with prominent artists, thinkers and others responsible for formulating cultural policy. 

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


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