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.

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.

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.

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.

Explore our Contributors, where you can hear from each speaker in greater depth.

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



Recent Stories

Arts improve health and wellbeing but where’s the evidence?

Arts and cultural engagement is linked with positive health and wellbeing outcomes. A scoping World Health Organisation report analyses data from over 3000 studies. In 2018 and 2019, Daisy Fancourt worked with the World Health Organisation on a report examining the links between arts and cultural engagement and health outcomes. Fancourt reviewed the findings from […]


Culture Key to Surviving Fourth Industrial Revolution

Writer and broadcaster Stephen Armstrong discusses the vital role the creative sector needs to play in our recovery and long-term future with Chief Economist of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane. The culture industry has had a tough pandemic. Theatres struggling, TV and film production adapting slowly, live music, galleries and cinemas trying to survive. […]


Complex role of Culture in Conflict

Renowned theatre critic and political and social commentator, Joyce McMillan talks to Andrew Gilmour, Executive Director of the Berghof Foundation and previously United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights on the eve of the Summit Special Edition 2020. ON THE DAY when we met online to talk about his contribution to this year’s Culture Summit, Andrew […]