A panoramic view of Calton Hill, Edinburgh.
Calton Hill, Edinburgh, ©

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Each year Edinburgh welcomes over 30,000 of the world’s leading arts professionals to enrich its famous August festivals season. The Momentum international delegate programme brings together curators, creative entrepreneurs, funders, media professionals, officials, producers and programmers from all over the world to immerse themselves in this unrivalled showcase of global cultural excellence.

Each Momentum delegate is provided with an individually tailored schedule of activities, briefings and meetings to help foster collaboration and exchange. The aim is to encourage new international partnerships, as well as investment in and collaboration with Edinburgh’s festivals and the wider arts sector in Scotland.

Since 2011, Momentum has brought over 800 international delegates to Edinburgh. These visits have resulted in seasons of work being presented by arts organisations from countries including India and New Zealand during the festivals, and opened up opportunities for delegates to forge new connections with their counterparts in the UK and internationally.

Momentum is delivered by Festivals Edinburgh (on behalf of Edinburgh’s Festivals), British Council Scotland, and Creative Scotland, with additional support from City of Edinburgh Council and EventScotland.

Each year, country-delegations are invited to give a presentation on their professional practice, along with an overview of the cultural sector in their country, to stakeholders from the Scottish arts and cultural sector.  

If you have an enquiry or want to find out more about the programme you can email the Momentum team at: momentum@festivalsedinburgh.com.

Momentum delagates, Creative Scotland & British Council Scotland meeting at Edinburgh Festival in 2022.
Haven for Artists, in residency in 2023 at Edinburgh Arts Festival ©

Haven for Artists

View videos from Momentum in our Youtube playlist and download case studies below.

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