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Culture Ministers visit Edinburgh

Posted on 22 August 2018

Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Michael Ellis, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, visited Edinburgh to host the Edinburgh International Culture Summit and meet with cultural leaders at the peak of the city’s festival season.

Mr Wright addressed the Edinburgh International Television Festival to outline his support for the UK’s broadcasting sector, and welcomed ministers and cultural leaders from across the world to the Edinburgh International Culture Summit at the Scottish Parliament.  He also attended performances at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as meeting with some of the city’s key festival leaders.

Mr Ellis gave the closing speech at the Edinburgh International Culture Festival, visited the National Museum of Scotland, and announced funding for a University of Glasgow project which will preserve archaeological heritage in a region suppressed by Saddam Hussein’s forces.  The funding will come from the UK Government’s £30 million Cultural Protection Fund, which exists to safeguard heritage of international importance threatened by conflict in countries across the Middle East and North Africa.