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    Culture summit returns to Holyrood

    On Wednesday Presiding Officer, Ken Macintosh MSP, welcomed the 2016 Edinburgh International Culture Summit to Holyrood. Over the next 2 days plenary sessions, workshops and policy discussions will address how the arts enrich peoples’ lives around the world and what role culture plays in building successful communities.

    Watch live from 09:30

    Find out more, read the programme

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    Culture summit returns to Holyrood

  • Harry Benson looking at his picture of Ronald and Nancy Reagan © Harry Benson

    Harry Benson’s iconic images now on display

    An exhibition featuring the work of one of Scotland’s greatest photographers, Harry Benson CBE, is now open at the Scottish Parliament.  The free exhibition, Harry Benson: Seeing America, includes some of the photographer’s most iconic images.

    Find out more

    Image: Harry Benson looking at his photograph of Ronald and Nancy Reagan © Harry Benson

     

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    Harry Benson’s iconic images now on display

  • A Festival of Politics event audience in the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber

    Festival of Politics 2016: Highlights

    Our three-day festival of debate, film, music and exhibitions is over!

    A big thank you to all who came! If you haven't had a look already, check out our photo galleries on social media and share your experiences with us using #FoP2016.

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    Festival of Politics 2016: Highlights

  • Image: European Union flag by Håkan Dahlström

    Inquiry on EU withdrawal extended

    The European and External Relations Committee has extended its inquiry into the implications for Scotland leaving the EU and issued a call for views in order to get more evidence on the impact of the vote. Businesses, organisations and individuals from across Scotland are invited to engage with the Committee.

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    Inquiry on EU withdrawal extended

 

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The Presiding Officer with the Ambassador of Germany to the UK

Presiding Officer welcomes the Ambassador of Germany to the UK

On Friday the Presiding Officer, Ken Macintosh MSP, welcomed the Ambassador of Germany to the UK, His Excellency Dr Peter Ammon, on an official visit to the Scottish Parliament.

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