Public tickets announced for international culture summit


People in Scotland are today being given the opportunity to attend a major international summit being held in the Scottish Parliament on the future of the arts and culture.Edinburgh International Culture Summit

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit takes place between 22 – 24 August and is the 4th event of its kind to be held alongside the Edinburgh International Festival. The theme of this year’s event is Culture: Connecting Peoples and Places.

The summit brings together internationally respected people from the fields of politics, arts, education and healthcare to discuss why culture is important, explore its contribution to social and economic development and compare international approaches to promoting and supporting culture.

The Scottish Parliament has today released free tickets to the public gallery of the Debating Chamber for members of the public to observe the summit.

Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Rt. Hon Ken Macintosh MSP who will Chair the Summit said:

"The Scottish Parliament is proud to support art and culture in Scotland and we are delighted to host this event which will bring together experts from across the globe to debate how the arts can further enrich all our lives.

“It’s important the public have the opportunity to be a part of that debate and the Parliament is pleased to announce a number of free public tickets for the summit.”

This event is a collaboration between the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Government, the UK Government, the British Council and the Edinburgh International Festival.

The sessions that are open to members of the public are listed below and includes information on how to apply.


The sessions open to members of the public are listed below.

Wednesday 22 August

16.00-17.30: Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Culture Summit

Thursday 23 August

09:30-10.45: Culture in a Networked World plenary

  • 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 Google Arts & Culture Projects, Google Cultural Institute, England;
  • Akram Khan, Artistic Director, Akram Khan Company, England.

14.00-15.15: Culture and Investment plenary

  • Prof Richard Sennett OBE, Founder & Chair of Advisory C’ttee, Theatrum Mundi, England.
  • Further speakers to be announced.

Friday 24 August

09:30-10.45: Culture and Well-being plenary

  • David Leventhal, Programme Director and Founding Teacher, Mark Morris Dance Group Dance for PD® Programme, USA;
  • Théogène Niwenshuti, Choreographer and Dancer, South Africa;
  • Dr Assal Habibi, Assistant Research Professor, Brain and Creativity Institute, The University of Southern California, USA;
  • Prof Bas 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, Georgetown Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, USA.

14.00-15.15: Closing plenary

  • Rapporteurs summaries
  • Closing remarks

How to apply

Members of the public may apply for up to two tickets for each session by emailing Only those with prearranged tickets will be given access to the Chamber. For further information please call: 0131 348 5200.

Applicants must supply the following information for each person who wishes to attend.

  • Title (Mr, Mrs, Ms, Miss, Dr, etc.)
  • First name and any middle names
  • Surname
  • Organisation (if applicable)
  • Address with postcode
  • Telephone number
  • Email address (if available)
  • Session(s) wish to attend: Wednesday 16:00; Thursday 09:30; Thursday 14:00; Friday 09:30; Friday 14:00. It is possible to apply for more than 1 session.

Ticket applications must reach the Parliament no later than Sunday 12 August. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 17 August at the latest and will be given detailed instructions on the arrangements for the event.

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