Festival of Politics 2016 Launch event

I was delighted to launch this year’s Festival of Politics. Below you will find a copy of my welcome to the Festival alongside pictures from the launch.


In our 12th year, the Festival of Politics programme is themed around The Architecture of Democracy.

We are as ever bursting with big and thoughtful ideas. From dissecting the concept of democracy and getting the inside track on political statesman the Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable to political dramas such as Borgen; and from the art of the political speechwriter and to the future themes of neuroscience and artificial intelligence.

We have partnered with the Festival of Architecture 2016 on a series of challenging panels including the Scotstyle event celebrating the best 100 buildings in Scotland from the last 100 years as nominated by the Scottish public.

Our Festival Café Bar has its own giant LEGO® map of Scotland and programme of music, choirs, poetry, exhibitions and dance. We hope Saturday’s LEGO and Minecraft events will inspire the imaginations of a future generation of architects, designers and thinkers alike.

We look forward to welcoming you here at the Scottish Parliament for three days of stimulating political debate and conversation.

Ken Macintosh MSP
Presiding Officer


 

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP was joined by mini a ‘Presiding Officer’ in the form of a LEGO mini figure to launch This year’s Festival of Politics which will see political statesmen, big thinkers, Borgen and even LEGO® come together at Holyrood. Political statesmen such as the Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable and Chris Mullin will take part in panels in the Debating Chamber. Elsewhere, there will be a chance for children (of all ages) to build a giant vertical map of Scotland made entirely from LEGO® 15 June 2016. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP was joined by mini a ‘Presiding Officer’ in the form of a LEGO mini figure to launch This year’s Festival of Politics which will see political statesmen, big thinkers, Borgen and even LEGO® come together at Holyrood. Political statesmen such as the Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable and Chris Mullin will take part in panels in the Debating Chamber. Elsewhere, there will be a chance for children (of all ages) to build a giant vertical map of Scotland made entirely from LEGO® 15 June 2016. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

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Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP was joined by mini a ‘Presiding Officer’ in the form of a LEGO mini figure to launch This year’s Festival of Politics which will see political statesmen, big thinkers, Borgen and even LEGO® come together at Holyrood. Political statesmen such as the Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable and Chris Mullin will take part in panels in the Debating Chamber. Elsewhere, there will be a chance for children (of all ages) to build a giant vertical map of Scotland made entirely from LEGO® 15 June 2016. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament
Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP was joined by mini a ‘Presiding Officer’ in the form of a LEGO mini figure to launch This year’s Festival of Politics which will see political statesmen, big thinkers, Borgen and even LEGO® come together at Holyrood. Political statesmen such as the Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable and Chris Mullin will take part in panels in the Debating Chamber. Elsewhere, there will be a chance for children (of all ages) to build a giant vertical map of Scotland made entirely from LEGO® 15 June 2016. Pic – Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament