Edinburgh International Culture Summit

Youth Programme

Full Youth Programme:

Wednesday 24 August


Culture Summit Opening Ceremony and group photograph            


Youth Programme dinner


Thursday 25 August


Culture Summit Plenary One – Culture and Heritage

·         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



Youth Programme Private Policy Discussion One:

      Matthew Wilde – Blaze Project Manager

      Lisa Murphy – Co- design Manager, Young Scot

      Simon Nicolls – Senior Youth Worker, Buzz Project


Culture Summit Plenary Two – Culture and Economics

·         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


Youth Programme Private Policy Discussion Two:

      Clare English – BBC Scotland Radio Presenter and Board Member for Women’s Enterprise Scotland

      Geoff Leask – Chief Executive, Young Enterprise Scotland

      Robyn Jancovich-Brown – Participant Development Coordinator, Fringe Central


BBC Newshour Extra: What’s the cost of preserving the past? At George Heriot’s school

Friday 26 August


Culture Summit Plenary Three – Culture and Participation

·        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, Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles


Youth Programme Private Policy Discussion Three:

·         Marc Cairns – Director at Pidgin Perfect and Winston  Churchill Award recipient

·         Inge Ceustermans – Managing Director, Festival Academy Europe

·         Kara Brown – Co-director, Young Women’s Movement Scotland


Culture Summit Closing Plenary


Youth Forum – presentation from participants in the Summit 2016 Youth Programme.

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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