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.



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