Closing the cultural gap between nations

Speakers from Scotland and France will feature in a round-table forum on 'Dialogue amongst civilisations' to be held at the National Library of Scotland on Friday 7 March. Organised by l'Institut Français d'Ecosse and supported by the Library, the event arises from concerns about the rift between international cultures, and discussion will focus on ways to bridge the gap.

All five speakers are or have been involved with international festivals or literary organisations. From France are: Martine Grelle, Head of International Relations for the French Ministry of Culture; Françoise Gründ, formerly director of La Maison des Cultures du Monde (Paris); and Michel Le Bris, director of an international writing festivals network. The Scottish speakers are: Robyn Marsack, director of the Scottish Poetry Library; and Donald Smith, director of the Netherbow Arts Centre and Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.

To register for the event, which runs from 2 to 6pm, please phone 0131-225 5366 or e-mail the French Institute at culture@ifecosse.org.uk. Tickets (free) are also available at the Library's shop in the George IV Bridge Building. (Click for location map.) The registration deadline is 4 March.

21 February 2003



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