About the Summit

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit brings together Culture Ministers, artists, thinkers and arts leaders from around the world to share ideas, expertise and best practice, with a view to inspiring positive change in cultural policy and investment.

Set against the incomparable backdrop of one of the world’s greatest cultural events, the Edinburgh Festivals, the Culture Summit is uniquely placed to facilitate genuine and creative exchange between practitioners and policy-makers.

2018 sees the fourth Edinburgh International Culture Summit build on the success of three previous events.


The Edinburgh International Culture Summit was established in 2012 by:


The 2018 Summit, in conjunction with the Edinburgh International Culture Summit Foundation, acknowledges the significant support of:

Edinburgh Partners
Dunard Fund
The Morton Charitable Trust
James Anderson
Sir Ewan and Lady Brown
Sir Angus and Lady Grossart

Knowledge Partners

In 2018, the Edinburgh International Culture Summit acknowledges important partnerships in developing its programme:

National Youth Arts Advisory Group


Founding Partners

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit was established in 2012 by:
British Council
Edinburgh International Festival
Scottish Government
Scottish Parliament
UK Government: Department for Culture, Media & Sport

Strategic Board

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit founding partners are represented by a Strategic Board, comprising:
Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, British Council
Fergus Linehan, Director, Edinburgh International Festival
Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Scottish Government
Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, The Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament
Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, HM Government

Steering Group

The delivery of the Edinburgh International Cultural Summit is coordinated by representatives of the founding partners, comprising:

Lucy Young, Acting Deputy Director, British Council Scotland
Jim Hollington, Head of External Affairs, Edinburgh International Festival
Roy Devon, Head of Events and Exhibitions, Scottish Parliament
James Bird, Head of Arts / Lesley Magee, Senior International Policy Adviser, (Arts), Arts, Libraries and Digital Culture Team, DCMS, HM Government
Chris Gosling, Senior Policy Officer, Community Engagement, Culture and Historic Environment Division, Scottish Government

Foundation Trustees

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit Foundation was formed in 2014 to support the ambition of establishing the Edinburgh International Culture Summit as an important biennial forum in which artists, cultural leaders and government ministers discuss substantial, global issues of mutual interest during the Edinburgh Festivals. The Board of Trustees comprises:

Sir Angus Grossart, QC, CBE (Chair)
Joanna Baker
Benny Higgins
Alan McFarlane
Dame Seona Reid, DBE
Andrew Wilson
Dr William Zachs