Study Visits

Date: Friday 30 November 2018
Time: 14:00-16:00
All study visits will depart from the EICC at 14:00.

Please assemble at the entrance to the Strathblane Hall

1. Creativity as a catalyst for change –
The Edinburgh International Festival School Residency

Creativity is giving space and opportunity to every child. This study visit will share learnings from this ground-breaking collaboration between a creative industry, local authority, and the education sector. This long term residency has been highly successful in delivering empowerment and skills development for young people and staff. Hear first-hand from the inspiring young people and mentors on how they have gained confidence, skills and new opportunities, including learning how to run a world class festival event within their school. The three-year residency received the award for ‘Developing employability and creativity skills across learning’ at this year’s Scottish Learning Festival.


Venue: Castlebrae Community High School,  2a Greendykes Rd, Edinburgh EH16 4DP
Transport: By coach leaving from the EICC and optional return to the EICC. 
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2. Shaping city futures – Data driven innovation

The University of Edinburgh is at the heart of a new City Region Deal for Edinburgh which is based on innovation. Take part in this study visit hosted by the university, to find about the exciting data driven innovation programme and world-leading advances in data science working to shape a better future. This will include discussing new approaches to capturing data flows within the context of Edinburgh as a festival city, and the connection between culture, citizenship and the creative industries.


Venue: Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT
Transport: By coach leaving from the EICC and optional return to the EICC
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3. Creative place making through social innovation – Leith

This study visit is hosted by Out of the Blue, a leading social enterprise which provides opportunities and spaces for creative practice and cultural participation for the benefit of the Leith community. Hear about innovative partnership initiatives such as the Meanwhile project on Leith Walk and Abbeymount studios. Drop in to the Out of the Blueprint studio which specialises in risograph printing and offers training opportunities for young people. Learn how Leith Creative is working with citizens and communities in Leith to enhance the area through creative thinking including sharing the results of a comprehensive cultural mapping exercise.


Venue: Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8RG
Transport: By coach leaving from the EICC and optional return to the EICC
Accessibility note: This tour involves some walking outdoors. Comfortable shoes and warm and waterproof clothing is recommended
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4. Harnessing the city’s talent and innovation – Creative Edinburgh and CodeBase

Edinburgh is alive with creativity, has a vibrant start-up eco-system and a highly active investor community. It is one of the leading UK hotspots for innovation, attracting and growing a critical mass of technology and creative businesses. This study visit offers an opportunity to meet and hear from leading creatives from Creative Edinburgh’s community, the city’s biggest network of creatives, and to take a tour of Codebase, the UK’s largest technology incubator. An opportunity to learn and share more about the blend of talent and space that the creative and tech industries both require and generate.


Venue: CodeBase 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 9DZ
Transport: 15-20 minute walk from the EICC. Comfortable shoes and warm and waterproof clothing is recommended
Accessibility note: There will be one flight of stairs.
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5. Exploring Edinburgh’s world heritage

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 in recognition of the striking contrast of these two distinct urban townscapes of exceptional historic and architectural value.  The city was also designated the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature in 2004.

 Delegates will hear about how the city is managing the opportunities and challenges facing the World Heritage Site as a thriving living city centre with a rich cultural life. Share the learning from cross agency partnership planning and initiatives involving extensive public consultation and stakeholder engagement, including a youth heritage manifesto.

The study visit will then be split into two groups:

 You can join Edinburgh World Heritage Trust on this study visit to discover a history of Edinburgh through exploring a number of objects throughout the Old Town from the iconic, to the spiritual, and to the everyday.  This tour forms part of a curated collection – ‘101 Objects’ – that delegates can explore in their own time.

 Or you can join UNESCO’s City of Literature for a walk around the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, taking in some of the sites, characters and stories which made this the world’s first city of literature.  From Sir Walter Scott to Dame Muriel Spark you can look at the books, words and ideas that have shaped Scotland. 

 Edinburgh World Heritage is an independent charity that aims to ensure the city’s World Heritage status benefits everyone. We want to connect people to their heritage in everything we do – through the conservation of historic buildings, delivering improvements to public places, or engaging people directly through education.


Venue: Tour begins at The Tron 9 Hunter Square, Edinburgh EH1 1QW
Transport: By coach leaving from the EICC and optional return to the EICC
Accessibility note: There are lots of hills in the Old Town! We advise wearing comfortable shoes, warm clothes and a waterproof jacket during the visit as you will be outside for most of the time.
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6. Democracy by Design – Inside the award winning Scottish Parliament

Join an exclusive tour of the Scottish Parliament building – described as ‘Democracy by Design’. Explore the architecture and symbolism of Holyrood, the work of the Parliament and some of the featured Parliament art collection. There will also be time to explore the Parliament for the People exhibition, and take iconic photographs of the Debating Chamber or relax in the Parliament Café and Shop.


Venue: Scottish Parliament, Horse Wynd, opposite the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh EH99 1SP
Transport: By coach leaving from the EICC and optional return to the EICC
Security note: Please note that all visitors must pass through an airport-style security screening area on entering. Please do not bring objects that are likely to be prohibited, including knives.
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