Edinburgh International Culture Summit announce opening session speakers

The Summit today announced the well-known global figures set to share special messages with the delegates at the opening session. The Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland will welcome the international ministers, artists and delegates sharing her insights into Scotland’s success through culture; The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Prime Minister of Great Britain; former Governor-General of New Zealand His Excellency The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, speaks about the contribution of Maori culture and how diversity makes for greater understanding in New Zealand; Dr Catarina Vaz Pinto, Councillor of Culture, The City of Lisbon, Portugal shares the importance of maintaining a balance between protecting historic culture and heritage and regenerating spaces and creating new art; Joshua Ramo, Vice Chairman and Co-Chief Executive, Kissinger Associates, USA urges governments to tackle their fluency in many cultures and to fully grasp the effect and opportunity of digital communication in our networked world; well-known actors Pu Cunxin, (Coriolanus EIF 2013) and Charlene Boyd (NTS The Macbeths) will perform excerpts of classic texts by Shakespeare and Li Bai in Chinese and English to demonstrate the emotional power of theatre to transcend the barriers of language.