A delegation of cultural diplomats visited Scotland with Visiting Arts in partnership with Creative Scotland between 21-23rd August 2019.
The three-day visit, coincided with the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival and British Council Edinburgh Showcase, and gave the diplomats the opportunity to make contact with representatives of the main Edinburgh festivals and other key institutions in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee. The participants explored options for creative exchange, and gained an overview of arts and creativity in Scotland.
There were representatives from the: Austrian Cultural Forum, High Commission of Canada, Canada Arts Presentation Fund, China National Tourist Office, China Culture Office at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United Kingdom, Embassy of Estonia in London, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of Mongolia in London, Quebec Government Office in London, KHOJ International Artists’ Association India, CultureLink Singapore, Asia-Europe Foundation.
The visit began with a welcome and context setting from the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Creative Scotland followed by a meeting with the Cultural Diplomacy Partnership. Delegates attended Visiting Arts’ Edinburgh Programme of networking and discussion on the 22nd with a welcome from Edinburgh International Festival Director Francesca Hegyi, and panel conversations focused on cultural leadership and international exchange. Alongside seeing shows and arranging individual meetings, the group also visited Cove Park and attended the Creative Europe Summer Reception and British Council Edinburgh Showcase Trade Fair. Arts and cultural operators were met in groups in Dundee and Glasgow in partnership with our hosts at V&A Dundee, Glasgow Life, GOMA, Tramway & CCA.