Momentum literature delegates, August 2015  ©


Momentum offers a platform for officials, producers, funders, media, programmers, curators and creative entrepreneurs from around the globe to make new connections by engaging with the international community of cultural figures that gather in Edinburgh during its festival season. 

Delivered through a partnership between the British Council, Festivals Edinburgh and Creative Scotland, with support from City of Edinburgh Council, Event Scotland and the Scottish Government, the Momentum programme provides each delegate with a specially tailored schedule of activities to enhance their opportunities for international collaboration and exchange.

The Scottish capital is host to 11 major international festivals, with five of them staged in August: Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. As the world’s leading festival city, Edinburgh attracts some 30,000 artists from more than 70 countries, as well as 1,000 accredited media professionals.

Momentum aims to encourage partnerships, investment and international collaboration. The programme shares the wider Scottish cultural offering with delegates, and cultivates collaborative opportunities for our Edinburgh’s Festivals, Scottish artists and Scottish work internationally.

Created in 2013, Momentum has to date brought over 450 international delegates to Edinburgh. These visits have resulted in seasons of work by India and New Zealand during the festivals and opportunities for Scottish artists to tour to Argentina, Australia, India and many other countries around the world.

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