Scottish Government - Fiona Hyslop MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

Fiona Hyslop was elected a Lothians MSP in 1999 and was a member of the Parliament's Education Committee. In 2007 she was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and was responsible for re-establishing the principle of free higher education in Scotland. Appointed Minister for Culture and External Affairs in 2009, Fiona Hyslop established the cultural development body, Creative Scotland, in 2010, as part of the Public Services Reform Act. She also secured funding towards the Dundee V&A project. As part of the Scottish Government's programme of international development, Fiona Hyslop launched strategic plans for engaging with India and Pakistan in 2010. She was elected MSP for Linlithgow in 2011 and was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs. Her Ministerial portfolio covers External Affairs, Europe, Culture and the Arts, Broadcasting, Architecture, Built Heritage, Lottery Funding, Historic Scotland, National Records of Scotland and Major Events Strategy.

Scottish Government - Fiona Hyslop MSP

Other partners

Edinburgh International Festival - Fergus Linehan

Festival Director and CEO, Edinburgh International Festival

UK Government - Matt Hancock MP

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

British Council - Sir Ciarán Devane

Chief Executive, British Council

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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