A close up picture showing a window in the Scottish Parliament Building and beyond it it a view of Edinburgh landscape
Scottish Parliament Building, Holyrood, where the 2022 Edinburgh International Culture Summit took place ©

Mat Wright

What is the opportunity?

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit is a biennial ministerial forum established in 2012 by the Edinburgh International Festival in a unique partnership with the British Council, Scottish Parliament and the Scottish and UK Governments. The Summit is devised and produced on behalf of its partners by an independent charity – Edinburgh International Culture Summit Foundation.
The Edinburgh International Culture Summit brings together Culture Ministers, artists, thinkers and arts leaders from around the world to share ideas, expertise and best practice, with a view to inspiring positive change in cultural policy and investment. The Summit seeks to emphasise the importance of artistic exchange in a world that is increasingly complex and multi-lateral.

The aim of this research opportunity is to commission an external review of the Edinburgh Culture Summit exploring two overarching themes:

1. An assessment of the achievements and impact of the summit in the ten years since its inception.
2. A proposed vision, objectives and organisational/governance/operating model for a world class international gathering of cultural leaders in Edinburgh

Qualifications required

  • Experience of reviewing cultural programmes.
  • Knowledge of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit.
  • Experience of writing clear and accessible written reports.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of Scotland, its governance and devolved powers.

Outputs and deadlines

  • Inception workshop with the team.
  • Written full review report with findings, learning recommendations and the full review method.
  • Executive Summary of the report outlining key findings and recommendations.
  • Slide deck of the key findings and recommendations.
  • Presentation to the Steering Group.

Key Timelines

Deadline for clarification questions (where you can ask questions about the opportunity via In-Tend) Friday 3 February 2023
Deadline for British Council to respond to clarification questions Thursday 9 February 2023
Deadline for submission of proposals by potential suppliers 5pm (GMT) Wednesday 22 February 2023
Contract concluded with the winning supplier By Monday 13 March 2023
Contract start date

By Monday 20 March 2023

How to apply

A full outline of the proposal request, the instructions for responding and evaluation criteria are available as attachments below. To apply, register (if you have not already) for free on our procurement platform In-Tend and submit a proposal. 

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