Tuesday 14 August 2018

The British Council will be supporting the participation of youth delegate Nicholas Kee at the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, which takes place in Scottish capital city from 22-24 August 2018. This year’s Edinburgh International Culture Summit brings together internationally respected names from literature, politics, arts, and media to discuss Culture in a Networked World, one of three strands being explored at this powerhouse of international discussion.

Kee, who will be a member of the Ministerial delegation heading to Edinburgh, shared his excitement at being selected for this opportunity. “I'm honoured to be selected as a delegate to attend the Culture Summit in Edinburgh. While there, I hope to explore the various perspectives on how culture influences societies. I'm most excited about exchanging ideas with others who will no doubt expand my worldview, thus enhancing my professional development.”  

Hailing from Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Kee is the co-founder and Executive Director of Next Gen Creators - a non-profit organization aimed at promoting youth software development and tech-entrepreneurship in the Caribbean. He has been featured in the Junior Achievement Worldwide #100Lives Campaign and is a recent recipient of the Queen’s Young Leaders Runner-up Award. He wants to inspire generations of students to not only explore STEM, but also be the best they can be. His time is spent mostly thinking about ways in which technology can transform developing nations to bring economic fruition.

British Council Country Director, Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick, is also looking forward to the Summit and to working with Kee and the Jamaican delegation. “We are very happy to be able to support Nicholas’s participation at the Summit and at the youth delegate conference, which will be central to these proceedings. This is the first time Jamaica is participating in the Summit, along with 38 other nations and I will be working closely with the delegation, to maximise experiential learning for both Jamaica and the UK. We anticipate a rich, productive cultural relations exchange.”

The overarching theme of Summit 2018 is Culture: Connecting Peoples and Places. Building on the succinct and successful format of previous editions, Summit 2018 will address three key themes; Culture and Investment and Culture and Wellbeing and Culture in a Networked World, the details of which are announced today. Each theme will be the focus of a plenary session in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament, supported both by private policy discussions and workshops.

About the British Council

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