Edinburgh is the world’s leading festival city. Collectively, the Edinburgh Festivals attract audiences of over four million, more than 30,000 artists from over 70 countries and 1,000 accredited media professionals. Year-round, Edinburgh hosts 12 major international festivals and five of them are staged in August: the Edinburgh Art Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Momentum is the Edinburgh Festivals International Delegate Programme, which takes place in Edinburgh during August and is delivered through a partnership between British Council Scotland, Festivals Edinburgh and Creative Scotland, with the additional support of the City of Edinburgh Council, Event Scotland and the Scottish Government. 

Momentum provides a dynamic platform for key cultural figures from across the world to engage and build relationships with the world’s leading Festival City, the wider Scottish cultural sector, and the international community that flocks to Edinburgh during the peak Festival season. It is aimed at leading cultural figures including government officials, producers, funders, media, cross-art form programmers, curators and cultural entrepreneurs. It also welcomes other high-level cultural figures and in total provides relationships to, and shares knowledge with over 100 delegates from more than 20 different countries. 

Created in 2013, Momentum builds on work over the last three years which has been a pioneering cultural diplomacy programme developed by Festivals Edinburgh, the British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland. The programme aims to encourage partnerships, investment and international collaboration.  Momentum shares the wider Scottish cultural offering with delegates, and cultivates collaborative opportunities for our Festivals, Scottish artists and Scottish work internationally.

For the first time in 2014, Momentum piloted two art form specific delegations centred on visual arts and literature. These two programmes provide a space for peer-to-peer exchange where delegates are exposed to creative programming and can make connections within both the Scottish and international sector. These art form specific delegations continued into the 2015 Momentum programme. 

Momentum literature delegates, August 2015 ©


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