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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Join this study visit to discover what makes Edinburgh’s heritage so special and internationally renowned, including the city’s far-reaching influence on European urban planning. Get insights into Edinburgh’s fascinating history leading the 18th century Age of Enlightenment which inspired radical new ideas and transformed philosophy, literature, science and history. Discuss 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.

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.