Programme 2018

Wednesday 22 August

16:00
Opening Session

Opening Remarks

Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer, The Scottish Parliament, Scotland

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Scottish Government, Scotland

Sir Jonathan Mills AO, Programme Director, Edinburgh International Culture Summit, Scotland

Special Messages

The Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Prime Minister of Great Britain (video message)

His Excellency The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae

Dr Catarina Vaz Pinto, Councillor of Culture, The City of Lisbon, Portugal

Joshua Ramo, Vice Chairman and Co-Chief Executive, Kissinger Associates, USA

Pu Cunxin and Charlene Boyd


18:15
Performance of Kadamati by Akram Khan, followed by a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse by kind permission of Her Majesty the Queen

Choreographed by Akram Khan, Kadamati draws on themes of identity, migration, connection and hope and will mark the end of the First World War. In Edinburgh, Kadamati brings together hundreds of local dancers in a grand gesture of unity outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Akram Khan Company, Commissioned by 14–18 NOW: WWI Centenary Art Commissions, Presented by Edinburgh International Festival

https://www.eif.co.uk/whats-on/2018/kadamati


Thursday 23 August

09:30
Culture in a Networked World Plenary

Aga Khan Music Initiative performers introduced by Fairouz Nishanova, Director, Aga Khan Music Initiative, Switzerland

With Feras Charestan and Basel Rajoub

Ong Keng Sen, Artistic Director, TheatreWorks, Singapore

Wesley Enoch, Festival Director, Sydney Festival, Australia

Suhair Khan, Lead on Google Arts & Culture Projects, Google Cultural Institute, England

Akram Khan, Artistic Director, Akram Khan Company, England

Ministerial responses to be announced.


11:00
Policy Round Tables/Workshops
Embracing and Celebrating Difference through Culture
Policy Round Table

 

How does art help us understand difference? This Round Table address the role of the artist in the age of networks and discusses how culture helps us find common ground in a fractured world.

Chair: Jenny Waldman CBE, Director, 14-18 NOW, England

Wesley Enoch, Festival Director, Sydney Festival, Australia

Fairouz Nishanova, Director, Aga Khan Music Initiative, Switzerland

Ong Keng Sen, Artistic Director, TheatreWorks, Singapore

Renato Quaglia, Project Manager, The Future Forum of Udine, Italy

Rapporteur: Etan Kinsella McLennan, Cultural Management MA Candidate, King’s College London, England

Reimagining and Reconnecting to Culture
Policy Round Table

 

What is our relationship with culture and how is our experience of culture shaped by place? This Roundtable addresses the challenges around access to culture and investigates creative solutions to revive, reimagine, and reconnect people to culture.

Chair: Martin Rose, Visiting Fellow, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for Islamic Studies, Cambridge University, England

Matt Baker, Orchestrator, The Stove Network, Scotland

Anna Gesualdi, Co-Founder and Director, Altofest, Italy

Suhair Khan, Lead on Google Arts & Culture Projects, Google Cultural Institute, England

Giovanni Trono, Co-Founder and Director, Altofest, Italy

Rapporteur: Rebecca Walton, Regional Director Europe, British Council, UK

Our Shared World: Youth Engagement Workshop
Policy Round Table

 

What happens when teenagers advise on arts policy? This Workshop offers an opportunity for engaged young cultural leaders to share their creative aspirations of what culture means to them.

Facilitator: Faith Liddell OBE, Visiting Professor, The Institute for International Cultural Relations, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Victoria Chen, Associate Artist, Bhumi Collective, Singapore

Daniel McCormick, Founding Member, National Youth Arts Advisory Group, Scotland

Devika Ranjan, Fellow, Georgetown University Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, USA

Emilie Torp Henriksen, Member, Think Tank for Youth Culture, Denmark

Rapporteur: Lisa Ireland, Member, National Youth Arts Advisory Group, Scotland


14:00
Culture and Investment Plenary

Our opening keynote speaker will be Richard Sennett, Founder and Chair of the Advisory Committee of Theatrum Mundi.

Speakers also include:

Elizabeth Diller, Founder, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, USA

Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts, India

Constantin Chiriac ,President, Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Romania

Dr Maria Balshaw CBE, Director, Tate Art Museums

Ministerial Responses to be announced.


15:30
Policy Round Tables/Workshops
Building Culture: Shaping Places
Policy Round Table

 

Chair: tbc

Shaping Places is explored in a session where contributions from a wide range of speakers look at the importance of culture in shaping place, explore the sustainable balance of building and people, and the importance of a range of perspectives at the planning stage

Eng Ahmad Al-Maziad, Chief Executive Officer of the General Culture Authority in Saudi Arabia

Philip Long, Director of the V&A Dundee

Sir David Chipperfield CBE, Founder of David Chipperfield Architects

Dr Lucy O’Carroll the Chief Economist of Aberdeen Standard Investments

 

Empowering People: Sustaining Culture
Policy Round Table

 

Chair: Vicky Featherstone

The breakout session Empowering People: Sustaining Culture focuses on investing in people. The panel includes: Rosa Daniel, Singapore’s Deputy Secretary (Culture), Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Chief Executive Officer of the National Arts Council, Singapore – who will talk about Singapore’s cultural policy over the past 25 years to raise arts excellence and grow audiences, and the Council’s focus over the next five years on long-term sustainability through technology, arts education, research, and capability development; Glen Grant from Super16 in Denmark where final year students move from making films to running the school, shares the benefits of this alternative structure and empowering youth; Leo Kellgren-Parker the Founder of LIVR, a VR app which films intimate theatre productions from a front row seat, talks about creating immersive and highly accessible opportunities to see theatre from far afield; and Lydia Koniordou the Greek Minister of Culture and an actress, speaks from her rare perspective of being both a policy maker and an artist, exploring the difference between living and writing cultural policy.

Cultural Infrastructure and Planning for Production
Policy Round Table

 

Chair: Dr John Bingham-Hall FRSA

The final workshop Cultural Infrastructure and planning for production, facilitated by Dr John Bingham-Hall FRSA, Director of Theatrum Mundi, hears from Amica Dall and Giles Smith from Assemble, Melissa Meyer from We Made That, and Justinien Tribillion, a Researcher with Theatrum Mundi and shares case studies from Stockholm, Edinburgh, Paris and London examining how artists use and produce public space.


Friday 24 August

09:30
Culture and Wellbeing Plenary in the Debating Chamber

David Leventhal, Programme Director and Founding Teacher, Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance  Programme, USA

Prince Totto Théogène Niwenshuti, Multidisciplinary Artist, Dancer and Scholar, South Africa

Dr Assal Habibi, Assistant Research Professor of Psychology, The Brain and Creativity Institute,
for PD, The University of Southern California, USA

Professor Bastiaan Bloem, Medical Director and Consultant Neurologist, Radboud University
Medical Centre, The Netherlands

Julian Herman, Violinist & Former Concert Master, The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,
The Netherlands

Faisal Abu Alhayjaa, Fellow, The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University, USA


11:00
Policy Round Tables/Workshops
The Creative Brain
Policy Round Table

 

Chair: Catherine Cassidy

Why encourage creativity? This Round Table examines how creativity at any age positively impacts quality of life, arguing cultural practice offers long lasting benefits to wellbeing.

Dr Assal Habibi, Assistant Research Professor of Psychology, The Brain and Creativity Institute, The University of Southern California, USA

David Leventhal, Programme Director and Founding Teacher, Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD Programme, USA

Emma Jayne Park, Associate Artist, Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and Founder, Cultured Mongrel, UK

Rapporteur: Alex Talbott, Projects Coordinator, King’s College London, UK

Healthcare Innovation Through Art and Culture
Policy Round Table

 

Chair: Joan McAlpine MSP

What are the social and economic benefits of investing in arts in health programmes? This Round Table offers opinions from policy makers, clinicians, and artists to understand how and why health programmes should consider investing in art and culture.

Professor Bastiaan Bloem, Medical Director and Consultant Neurologist, Radboud University
Medical Centre, The Netherlands

Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Government, Scotland

Dr Karen Ingham, Honorary Interdisciplinary Research Fellow, Swansea College of Art UWTSD and Honorary Fellow, Swansea University Medical School, UK

Sybille Kastner, Curator, Department of Art Education, Lehmbruck Museum, Germany

Rapporteur: Rob Dickie, Communications Officer, Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, UK

The Healing Power of Culture: Movement Workshop
Policy Round Table

 

Chair: Théogène Niwenshuti

Can art help us heal? By demonstrating art therapy in action, this Workshop asks participants to consider how creativity helps us to process trauma, abuse, and disease.

Facilitator: Prince Totto Théogène Niwenshuti, Multidisciplinary Artist, Dancer and Scholar,
South Africa

Faisal Abu Alhayjaa, Fellow, The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics,
Georgetown University, USA

Gemma Connell, Artistic Director, The Artifact, UK
Maria Portman Kelly, Programmes and Engagement Manager, Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD Programme, USA

Rapporteur: Jojo Ruf, Managing Director, The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University, USA


13:45
Closing Session

RAPPORTEURS’ SUMMARIES
Ruth Hogarth, Director, Cultural Partnerships & Enquiry, King’s College London, UK

Catherine Holden, Director, Catherine Holden Consultancy, UK

Asif Majid, Fellow, The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University, USA

Emma Ruse, Member, National Youth Arts Advisory Group, Scotland

Arianne Welsh, Member, National Youth Arts Advisory Group, Scotland

MINISTERIAL RESPONSES
To be announced by the Presiding Officer

CLOSING REMARKS AND PERFORMANCE

Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, British Council, UK

Fergus Linehan, Festival Director, Edinburgh International Festival, UK

Bea Webster, Actress and Theatre Maker, UK


15:10
End of Summit 2018