Programme 2018

Wednesday 22 August

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

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

Thursday 23 August

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.