Manx government minister to go to Edinburgh Festival

Peel MHK Tim Crookall

Peel MHK Tim Crookall

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Education Minister Tim Crookall will attend the Edinburgh International Culture Summit from August 10 to 12.

It is being held at the Scottish Parliament as the city enjoys its famous festivals.

He will join culture ministers and leading arts and culture experts from around the world to discuss the importance of cultural exchange in a world that, according to a Scottish Parliament press release, ‘is increasingly complex and multi-lateral’.

The summit takes place during the largest annual celebration of arts in the world – Edinburgh’s summer festivals.

Mr Crookall will take part in a series of discussions and debates around the theme ‘Culture – A Currency of Trust’.

This theme reflects the summit’s ‘belief in the capacity of the arts and culture to build bridges of understanding between nations, states and cities’.

The programme features a line-up of speakers including Benjamin Barber from the City University of New York, Nandi Mandela, businesswoman and grand-daughter of Nelson Mandela; and Irina Bokova, director general of UNESCO.

Other speakers include Simon Anholt, who is described as ‘the world’s leading authority on national image and reputation, and a world leader on ultra-wide scale human engagement’. Danilo Santos de Miranda, Sao Paolo director of Brazilian arts funding agency Serviço Social do Comércio (SESC), and Australian-based poet, philosopher and artist Paul Carter will present on ‘Place-making and Storytelling’.

The summit will facilitate a wide-ranging conversation across three interlinked topics:

• Values and Measurements: the principles of valuing culture and how to measure that value.

• Cities and Culture: the city as a locus of cultural innovation and participation.

• Advocacy and Identity: how culture and cultural diversity are best sustained, promoted and protected.

The Peel MHK said: ‘Culture is something that connects us all – as small communities, as countries and globally. The island has a long and rich cultural heritage and a wealth of diverse cultural activity that help to define us and shape how the world sees us and I look forward to discussing that with fellow delegates.

‘It’s particularly appropriate that we are participating in the Summit as we in the Isle of Man host our own, vibrant, year-long celebration, Island of Culture 2014. and I hope to share our experiences in Edinburgh.’

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