Edinburgh International Culture Summit

Edinburgh International Culture Summit: Youth Programme

Friday 19th August 2016

Edinburgh International Culture Summit in partnership with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, Pleasance Futures, Young Scot and Scottish Youth Parliament present the:

Edinburgh International Culture Summit: Youth Programme

  • First ever youth programme gives young people a prominent voice in major culture summit
  • 45 young artists and artistic entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) from four UK home nations and the European Youth Forum will take part in the forum.

  • On the final day of the Summit, the Youth Forum provides the opportunity for delegates to highlight key issues to Ministers and cultural leaders.

  • Edinburgh International Culture Summit runs 24 – 26 August.

A group of 45 young artists and artistic entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) from the four UK home nations of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, have been selected to attend the Edinburgh International Culture Summit from the 24 – 26 of August.

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit’s Youth Programme gives these delegates the opportunity to engage directly with Culture Ministers in policy discussions, particularly focusing on the subjects of education, skills development and employment.

The delegates will be invited to attend all three Culture Summit Plenary sessions. This year’s theme is ‘Culture: Building Resilient Communities’ and will focus on three strands: Culture and Heritage, Culture and Economics and Culture and participation.

They will also participate in their own Youth Programme private policy discussions which involves nine speakers from different organisations such as Simon Nicolls from the Buzz Project, Clare English from Women’s Enterprise Scotland and Inge Ceustermans from Festival Academy Europe.

On Friday the 26th of August, all the Youth Programme delegates will then meet for a Forum which will give them the opportunity to reflect on what they have learnt over the Summit and feed back to Ministers and cultural leaders the key issues that they have acknowledged and what action should be taken in the future.

The Youth Programme participants have been selected from nine organisations including: King’s College London, the Royal Conservatoire Scotland, Youth Arts Voice Scotland, Curious Minds, Edinburgh Festival Fringe artists and staff, Festival Academy Europe, Youth Action Northern Ireland, European Youth Forum and the Youth Parliament.

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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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