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Youssou N'Dour to address culture summit in Edinburgh

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Youssou N'Dour, the Grammy Award-winning songwriter and former minister of culture for Senegal, is to talk at this year's Edinburgh International Culture Summit.

He will be joined by 60 speakers from around the world including Syria, Nigeria, Mexico, India, South Africa, Australia and the US.

It will be the biggest and most diverse summit in the history of the event.

Held in The Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, it runs until Friday.

This year it includes its first ever youth programme, which will feature 40 young artists and artistic entrepreneurs from the four UK home nations.

The main summit sessions are open to the public and along with N'Dour will be addressed by speakers such as Professor Maamoun Abdulkarim, the director of general antiquities and museums in Syria, and David Leventhal, programme director and founding teacher of Mark Morris Dance Group's Dance for PD programme, which provides dance classes for people with Parkinson's disease in New York.

'Perfect backdrop'

Summit 2016, Culture: Building Resilient Communities will have three sections - culture and heritage, culture and economics and culture and participation.

Fiona Hyslop , Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: "The third Edinburgh International Culture Summit will provide a platform for more than 60 key representatives, from 42 countries, to come together to engage in constructive debate.

"As the world's eyes are firmly fixed on Scotland's capital, the city provides the perfect backdrop for three days of exciting and engaging discussion.

"This year's event offers a diverse range of speakers, from Youssou N'Dour to Professor Maamoun Abdulkarim.

"For the first time ever, young people will also be given a prominent voice in the culture summit as part of the youth programme.

"The Scottish government's ambition is for Scotland to be the best place to grow up, with every child being given the best chance to succeed.

"We can all learn from our young people and I look forward to hearing their contributions."

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