Momentum programme

Momentum is a delegate programme, based in Edinburgh, which runs for the last week of July and throughout the month of August. It provides a dynamic platform for key cultural players from across the world to engage and build relationships with the Edinburgh’s Festivals, the wider Scottish cultural sector, and the international community that flocks to our city during the peak Festivals season.

It is delivered by Festivals Edinburgh on behalf of Edinburgh’s Festivals, British Council Scotland, and Creative Scotland. Momentum’s objectives are to: 

  • To build long-term relationships between international artists, producers, key government agencies and funders, and Edinburgh’s festivals
  • To share the wider Scottish cultural offering with these delegates
  • To cultivate collaborative opportunities for Edinburgh’s festivals, Scottish artists and Scottish work internationally

Below are two reports related to the development of Momentum:

  1. The first is a Research Report commissioned to mark the 10th anniversary of the programme, funded by the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) led by Nesta and the University of Edinburgh Business School - noting that the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) works to support the growth of the UK’s creative industries through the production of independent and authoritative evidence and policy advice
  2. The second takes a look at four compelling Momentum stories, each of which demonstrates the unique strength of the programme in enabling new international partnerships to take root and blossom. Taking in literature and the visual and performing arts, and extending a truly global reach, these stories tell of the encounters, challenges and rich opportunities that have been born through the Momentum delegate experience


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