Edinburgh International Culture Summit

Edinburgh International Culture Summit Starts Tomorrow

Sunday 12th August 2012

The first-ever Edinburgh International Culture Summit gets under way tomorrow – with ministers and speakers from around the world gathering to debate the power of culture in forging relationships between nations.

In the Year of Creative Scotland and the London 2012 Festival, in one of the world’s most famous Festival cities, the Summit will celebrate and enhance Scotland and the UK’s reputation for creativity, innovation and imagination.

Representatives from nations attending the Summit will be presented with the gift of a limited edition print – inspired by Edinburgh’s One O’Clock Gun – created by Turner Prize-winning Scots artist Susan Philipsz.

In 1861, to ensure that the timing of the Gun was perfectly accurate, a 1,225 metre cable was hung over the city between a master clock on Calton Hill and Edinburgh Castle. At the same time a map was produced to show the time taken for the sound of the gun to reach different parts of the city.

To commemorate this installation, Ms Philipsz has produced a limited edition of100 fine art prints, re-interpreting the original Time Gun Map by moving its epicentre from the Castle to Calton Hill, the site of the first speaker in her Timeline’s sequence.

A copy of Ms Philipsz’ print will be presented to the leaders of the delegations at the Culture Summit and he remaining editions will be on sale to the public at www.edinburghartfestival.com .

Ms Philipsz said: “I am delighted that this print, which I made in response to Edinburgh’s incredible architecture and history, will be presented to international delegates and will travel all over the world.”

The Summit is a collaboration between the Scottish Government, the UK Government, the Edinburgh International Festival and the British Council, and will be hosted at the Scottish Parliament.

It will bring together Culture Ministers with prominent artists, thinkers and others involved in developing and implementing cultural policy, offering participants a unique opportunity to discuss the power, position and profile of the arts, culture and creative industries.

The Summit will be opened tomorrow afternoon by the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP, with welcome speeches from Scotland’s Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP and UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.

Scots Makar Liz Lochhead will read Burns’ poem ‘A Man’s A Man For A’ That’ and the National Youth Choir of Scotland National Girls Choir will perform ‘Cantate Domino! Alleluia!’ by Cristi Cary Miller.

Speeches exploring the role of the arts and culture in deepening and broadening our understanding of complex relationships between cultures and nations will be delivered by Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth; Haris Pašović, artistic leader of the East West Centre, Sarajevo, and theatre director and writer Amir Nizar Zuabi.

Next Tuesday will see a full day of debate, with speeches in the morning on the theme of sustaining private and public support for culture from Harold Mitchell, Executive Chairman of Aegis Media Pacific, and Her Excellency Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo, Founder of Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation.

The central role of technological skills in the creative industries will be explored that afternoon, with speeches from Professor Moshe Kam, Past President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; Ian Livingstone, Life President of Eidos; Richard Harper, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and Jasleen Dhamija,a distinguished craft historian from New Delhi.

The Summit will end with closing remarks from British Council chair Sir Vernon Ellis and Edinburgh International Festival director Jonathan Mills.

Notes to editors

For further information, please contact Lachlan Mackinnon at the Edinburgh International Culture Summit on 0776 850 0857 or lachlan.mackinnon@britishcouncil.org .

Alternatively, please visit www.eics2012.com or send us a Tweet @CultureSummit . An outline programme for the Summit is available on request.

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All profits from sales of Ms Philipsz’ print will be reinvested in Edinburgh Art Festival’s 2013 commissions programme, which supports the best established and early-career Scottish visual arts talent.

Culture Summit Programme

Monday, August 13

2.30pm - Welcome to Scottish Parliament and Culture Summit. Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick opens the Summit. Scots Makar Liz Lochhead reads Robert Burns’ poem ‘A Man’s A Man For A’ That’. Welcome speeches from Scotland’s Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP and UK Government Culture Minister Ed Vaizey. National Youth Choir of Scotland National Girls Choir perform ‘Cantate Domino! Alleluia!’ by Cristi Cary Miller.

3pm-4pm - Plenary in Debating Chamber. Theme: the role of the arts and culture in deepening and broadening our understanding of complex relationships between cultures and nations. Speaker: Androulla Vassiliou; Artist Voices: Amir Nizar Zuabi and Haris Pašović.

Tuesday, August 14

10am-11am - Plenary in Debating Chamber. Theme: sustaining private and public support for culture. Speakers: Harold Mitchell and Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo.

2.15pm-3.25pm - Plenary in the Debating Chamber. Theme: skills for the future, for the creative industries and the role of technology. Speakers: Jasleen Dhamija, Ian Livingstone, Professor Moshe Kam and Richard Harper.

5.pm-5.45pm - Closing session in Debating Chamber, including remarks from British Council chair Sir Vernon Ellis and Edinburgh International Festival director Jonathan Mills.

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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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