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ASEF joins Visiting Arts International Producers' Breakfast Panel Discussion

Published on 30 Aug 2018

The Hub, Castle Hill, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Thursday, 23 August 2018, 9 to 11 am

Strengthening international relationships within and beyond Europe and encouraging a greater diversity of voices was the theme of the recently concluded panel discussion at the International Producers' Breakfast organised by Visiting Arts on Thursday, 23 August, in Edinburgh. The event is presented by Visiting Arts in partnership with Creative Scotland and the Edinburgh International Festival, and has become an important annual event gathering over 200 cultural professionals.

Panellists included:
Fatima AVILA, Project Executive (Culture), Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
Hakan SILAHSIZOGLU, Founder and Director, Atta Festival
Mairi TAYLOR, Executive Producer, Birds of Paradise

Moderated by:
Christiana BISSETT, Founder, The Doing Group

Amidst changing geopolitical landscapes, funding cuts and global conflicts, the panel emphasised the importance of being outward facing and interconnected more than ever. During these fragile times, a united and collaborative arts sector has the power to encourage mutual understanding between cultures and communities. Reducing obstacles to cultural mobility, and breaking down barriers of equality, diversity and access should be a priority of all.