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Developing a culture strategy for Scotland

The Programme for Scotland 2016 to 2017 committed to creating a culture strategy for Scotland based on the principles of access, equity and excellence. We are creating this strategy in collaboration with artists, cultural organisations and communities across the country.

The strategy will position culture as having intrinsic value and contributing both directly and indirectly to the health, wealth and success of our nation: defining Scotland as a diverse and distinct society with creativity and innovation at its heart. It will create an overarching framework to support the long-term development of culture in Scotland.


The views and experiences of all those working across Scotland's cultural sector, as well as anyone with an interest in culture, are crucial to developing the culture strategy for Scotland.

We are engaging extensively with people across Scotland, through a range of events and online channels, to determine the scope and shape of the strategy.

Culture Conversation at Glasgow Women's Library – 26 June 2017

Our engagement process began in June with an invitation-only event at Glasgow Women's Library, where we spoke with around 90 representatives from across the culture sector.

Participants discussed what we mean by culture today, and shared their ideas about the role of and vision for culture in Scotland in the future. These expert views from the sector, gathered at the very start of this process, will help to refine the strategy's principles and scope.

For more from the event, see:

Feedback from our first and each subsequent event informs our plans for further engagement, including targeting different sectors and encouraging communities in local authority areas to hold their own discussions.

Further events

We are hosting two public events in July, which anyone can attend:

We will update this page with further events in due course.


To find out more about the culture strategy and how to get involved, email or contact a member of the strategy team:

  • Leonie Bell, Head of National Culture Strategy: 0131 244 7965
  • Donna Stewart, Senior Policy Manager: 0131 244 7682
  • Sarah Simpson, Policy Officer: 0131 244 0305

You can also share your views on Twitter by mentioning @culturescotgov and using the hashtag #scotlandscultureconversation, or get involved in our online discussion forum.