Culture – a Currency of Trust

Following two successful Summits in 2012 and 2014, the partners are now preparing for the third Edinburgh International Culture Summit which will run from 24 - 26 August 2016. Set against the incomparable backdrop of one of the world's greatest cultural events, the Edinburgh Festivals, the Edinburgh International Culture Summit provides a unique forum for the discussion of the power, position and profile of the arts, culture and the creative industries.

2014 Edinburgh International Culture Summit

2014 Edinburgh International Culture Summit



Scottish Parliament

Scottish Parliament

Holyrood is the home of Scotland's Parliament. The award-winning, innovative building is constructed from a mixture of steel, oak and granite and was designed by one of the world's premier architects Enric Miralles. More than 350,000 people a year typically visit Holyrood. Many come to see the Debating Chamber and Committee Rooms - and the key political debates of the day that take place within them. Others come to see the visiting exhibitions or to take part in an event, such as the annual Festival of Politics.

Watch the live stream from The Scottish Parliament.

Partners for 2016

Partners for 2016

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit is a collaboration between partner organisations – the Scottish Government, the UK Government, the British Council, the Edinburgh International Festival and Scottish Parliament.

The Festival City

With 12 major Festivals spread throughout the year in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Edinburgh remains the world’s Festival city and the destination of choice for visitors from around the world.

This is Scotland

As Scotland welcomes you to the Edinburgh International Culture Summit this video gives you a flavour of what the country has to offer.

About the summit

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit 2014 will bring together Culture Ministers with prominent artists, thinkers and others responsible for formulating cultural policy. 

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


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