"Expect the unexpected" - look back at our Edinburgh reception

On 20 August 2018 – at the heart of the Edinburgh festivals – we were joined by over 150 people for our 4th annual Creative Europe panel and networking drinks.

The event was kicked off by Kate Deans, Creative Europe Desk UK - Scotland, whose welcome speech celebrated Scotland's deepening appetite for cross-border collaboration:

"Scotland’s determination to strengthen its European links is more pronounced than ever, as you can see from the 2018 Creative Europe Cooperation Projects results, where a record seven projects involving Scottish organisations were supported (North Lands Creative Glass, Creative Carbon Scotland, Imaginate, Scottish Ensemble - on panel, Fablevision, National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, and Leith Theatre Trust) and over half of these organisations are lead partners."

Guests then listened to stories of collaboration and insight into working in partnership to address common questions, challenges and issues.

Jim Hollington, Head of External Affairs at Edinburgh International Festival, chaired a panel discussion with:

  • Živilė Diawara, Director of arts incubator Loftas in Lithuania, a partner on Cooperation Project and long-term network Europavox.
  • Jenny Jamison, Chief Executive at Scottish Ensemble, lead partner on new Cooperation Project The Bridge.
  • Ali Dunican, Executive Director at Quarantine in Manchester, lead partner on Meet the Neighbours.

Ailbhe's advice for Creative Europe applicants was to "be brave, be big and don't get too lost in the details". Jenny explained that: "it was only through international exchange that we could have these debates" and also encouraged the room to "think big... you need to believe in the project". Ali said applicants should "expect the unexpected" and called for projects to "disrupt, connect and be responsive".

Following the panel discussion, guests made the most of this opportunity to connect with others in the room and continue the discussion over a glass of wine in true festival fashion. 

Image by Kat Gollock