EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL CULTURE SUMMIT 2022
Culture and a Sustainable Future
The sixth Edinburgh International Culture Summit took place at the Scottish Parliament between Friday 26 – Sunday 28 August. Titled, Culture and a Sustainable Future, Summit 2022 reflected on the urgent need for consideration of and investment in our future.
Ministers and Cultural Policy delegations from over 30 countries attended the Summit presenting a unique and vital platform to facilitate collaboration between artists, practitioners, thinkers and policy makers from across the globe.
The Culture Summit believes that global problems require global solutions, and that effective responses to the most pressing challenges facing us today must be dynamic, multifaceted, and collaborative. Culture can play a vital role in helping people all over the world discover commonality, to conceptualise the critical issues we must face, and to help imagine and create a sustainable future.
The two core themes of Summit 2022 were reflected in our programme of digital discussions that placed artists and creative directors in conversation with politicians to discuss subjects such as the legacy of COP26, and the design of creative curricula. This series, produced and hosted by our founding partners, are freely available to view on our website and YouTube channel.
The two core programme strands of the Summit were:
Theme 1: Culture & Education
Culture & Education asked what unique role the arts can play in education curricula, and how creative and collaborative skills are attained through cultural practices, developing skills and learning habits that are essential to life in a cosmopolitan and digitised world.
Theme 2: Culture & Sustainability
Culture & Sustainability highlighted the sensory aspects of art: by looking and listening, tasting, and touching, art engages us deeply and directly with the world we live in. The poetry and song, stories and rituals, and intimate knowledge of unique locations are a profound and enduring set of human relationships that we risk losing alongside our shrinking ecosystems and biodiversity.
Beyond Summit 2022
A series of urgent and fascinating interviews with sector-leading experts and artists in attendance at Summit 2022.