Ukraine in the focus of the Edinburgh International Cultural Summit
Every August Edinburgh International Culture Summit takes place in the premises of the Scottish Parliament. It is a closed, several-day event that welcomes ministers of culture and key experts in the field of culture from around the world.
About the project
As part of the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture, the Ukrainian Institute and the British Council, in cooperation with the leadership of the Summit, organized a Ukrainian program called “Culture and Freedom”. There were several events dedicated to Ukraine, the post-war restoration of the cultural sphere and the need to rethink the modern world order.
The Summit delegates were welcomed by the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, The Rt Hon Alison Johnstone MSP, Deputy First Minister of Scotland, John Swinney MSP, the UK’s Prime Minister The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, and Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Arts). The Summit took place from 26 to 28 August 2022.
The morning of August 26 began with the Cultural Leadership Dialogue. This closed-invite event was attended by Ministers from around the world, a delegation of cultural leaders from Ukraine, with the UK Government representatives. The roundtable discussion was designed to seek practical steps and solutions to rebuild Ukraine’s vibrant cultural sector in the future.
The official opening of the Summit
At the official opening of the Summit the prominent novelist, essayist and poet from Ukraine, Oksana Zabuzhko, Heba Alwadi, an alumnus of the Trojan Women Project, and Professor Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO 2009-2017 spoke. Maryna Krut, more famous as KRUTЬ, the renowned Ukrainian singer and songwriter played the bandura, the traditional Ukrainian string instrument, in the Parliament’s Debating Chamber.