Edinburgh International Culture Summit

About Edinburgh

Edinburgh is Scotland's capital city and home to 12 world-renowned Festivals. From Science Festival in March to the Mela in September, via the Edinburgh International Festival and the Book Festival in August, Edinburgh’s population doubles during the summer months as the city plays host to visitors and performers from every corner of the globe. Edinburgh attracts over 1.3 million overseas visitors a year, making it the second most visited tourist destination in the United Kingdom.

The city was one of the historical major centres of the Enlightenment, helping to earn it the nickname Athens of the North.

Edinburgh's unique natural landscape houses a mass of spectacular architecture, from Georgian townhouses to baroque opulence. The Old Town and New Town districts of Edinburgh were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 in recognition of the unique character of the Medieval Old Town and the planned Georgian New Town.

Edinburgh is also the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature owing to its rich literary past and present. Edinburgh-based writers have been inspired to create world renowned and lasting literary characters such as Peter Pan and Sherlock Holmes, and authored famous books such as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Treasure Island.

Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the skyline, looming down from its volcanic peak at the top of the Royal Mile, attracts over 1.2 million visitors per year.

Extending your stay

Edinburgh hosts the world's largest cultural event every August, with the Edinburgh International Festival offering a programme of the world's most prestigious performing companies and artists, alongside the Festival Fringe, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh International Book Festival and Edinburgh Art Festival.  We warmly welcome you to visit and learn more about the planning, social and cultural impacts and economic benefits of the festivals.

To extend your stay beyond the Cultural Summit please visit the Edinburgh Festival Delegate Centre which offers a host of options and services including a bespoke seminar programme, meetings with key creative, tourism and government bodies, a Festival City tour, and ticketing assistance to help you experience some of the 3000+ shows a day.

Scotland also has a lot more to offer, Edinburgh, our historic capital is the gateway to Scotland. In less than 45 minutes, you can be in the scenic highlands, walking along deserted beaches or hiking in majestic mountains. Home to 7 diverse cities and 19 world-class universities and colleges, Scotland is a fantastic place to visit, live, work and study. To find out more, visit www.scotland.org

If you would like to explore more about Scotland visit www.visitscotland.com 

About the summit

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit 2012 will bring together Culture Ministers with prominent artists, thinkers and others responsible for formulating cultural policy. 

They will discuss how the arts enrich the lives of people around the world and contribute to the wellbeing of nations.


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