Edinburgh International Culture Summit 2020: Special Edition

The Transformational Power of Culture

Edinburgh International Culture Summit Special Edition

Welcome to the Special Edition of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit: The Transformational Power of Culture.

This year the Summit is presented online.

When the global impact of decades of economic and social behaviour is being so abruptly overturned, this Special Edition considers how imaginative perspectives, creative endeavours and cultural experiences can help sustain us and take us beyond our current predicament.

Culture enables us to understand our world; it helps us all to understand and appreciate each other; our similarities and our differences.

Begin with the Welcome and Introduction to the Summit which brings together in a succinct format, an overview of the different components of this Special Edition, its performances, ministerial messages, focused themes and extended interviews.

Delve into the Summit Special Edition 2020 page where Summit Themes on Culture and Education; Culture and Social Cohesion and Culture in Vibrant Communities examine more deeply these areas of focus interlaced with digital performances.

Engage with different political perspectives and priorities in the Special Messages from Ministers of Culture and arts leaders of many nations across the globe.

Immerse yourself in the full range of digital Performances assembled and recorded for this Special Edition.

Explore our Contributors where, in a diverse range of extended interviews, each speaker can be heard in greater depth.

Participate in the Summit Webinars where you can interact with other like-minded people and hear some of our contributors, partners and Ministers of Culture discuss the themes in more depth live (24-26 August).

Please discover the range of ideas we have assembled on this site at your own pace. There is no hurry, as all the content will be added to and freely available for many months to come.

We hope you find the content of this Summit as stimulating and rewarding as it has been for us to work on with the contributors and performers who have together created this exciting web-based Special Edition.

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