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£50k for Edinburgh International Culture Summit

The Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Photo: Gregg M Erickson

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit has been given a £50,000 boost by the UK government, as it prepares for its third event next month.

The biennial summit, which brings together culture ministers, artists and arts leaders from across the world, will take place from August 24 to 26, having been founded in 2012.

Announcing the central governments grant, Scotland minister Andrew Dunlop said: “The Edinburgh International Culture Summit is a key global arts forum. Alongside the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, it puts Scotland on the map, highlighting the important role culture plays in our international relations and economic prosperity.”

New arts minister Matt Hancock will represent the government at the summit, alongside Dunlop, while speakers include Southbank Centre artistic director Jude Kelly, British Council chief executive Ciaran Devane and Eugene Downes, who is artistic director and chief executive of the Kilkenny Festival in Ireland.

Jonathan Mills, director of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit Foundation, said the grant would allow the summit to continue demonstrating the “importance of soft power and the UK’s lead in this area”.

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit takes place at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood.