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Developing a culture strategy for Scotland

The Government's Programme for Scotland 2017-2018 underlines our commitment to create a culture strategy for Scotland which will show how important culture is to Scotland's future and enable everyone to have the opportunity to take part in or contribute to cultural life in Scotland. We are creating the strategy in collaboration with individuals, 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 support the long-term development of culture in Scotland.


The culture strategy is being developed over a number of phases. We are currently in the engagement phase, gathering ideas and views through Scotland-wide Culture Conversations. This phase will help shape a draft of the strategy which will form the basis of a formal public consultation. We will again promote public engagement throughout the consultation phase and ensure that the final, published culture strategy responds to feedback received.

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 future role of and vision for culture in Scotland. 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:

Upcoming events

There are still opportunities to feed into the strategy at this stage either by hosting your own Culture Conversation (see link below) or by sharing your ideas online.

The following public events will conclude the early engagement phase of the strategy.

In partnership with Young Scot and the Scottish Youth Parliament we are hosting:

  • A Culture Strategy for Scotland: future of culture in Scotland Facebook live event, 29 November 2017.

More information will follow on how to join in the conversation.

The following organisations are hosing their own Culture Conversations:

Traditional Music Forum Events:

Details of further events will be confirmed and added to this page in due course.

Gaelic language events

Bòrd na Gàidhlig are hosting their own Culture Conversations in autumn 2017. These are as follows:

  • Monday 16 October, 2pm in Alexandria Hotel, Fort William

Note: these meetings will be held in Gaelic with simultaneous English translation.

For more information please email

Previous events

The following public events have already taken place:

  • Dundee's Culture Conversation, 25 July 2017
  • Inverness' Culture Conversation, 26 July 2017
  • Paisley's Culture Conversation, 19 September 2017
  • Dumfries' Culture Conversation, 26 September 2017
  • Galashiels' Culture Conversation, 27 September 2017

The Scottish Parliament's Cross Party Group on Culture discussed 'A Culture Strategy for Scotland' on Tuesday 5 September. Further details are available on the Cross Party Working Group website.

Resource pack

We have developed a Culture Conversation resource pack to enable anyone who has an interest to host their own discussions on the culture strategy, and to feed into the early thinking on the strategy.

Submit anonymised feedback from your Culture Conversation by 5pm on Thursday 30 November 2017 on the form provided in the resource pack.

A Gaelic version of the resource pack is available by emailing

Online discussion forum

There is an online discussion forum to support the development of a culture strategy for Scotland. To get the conversation started, we have included a number of questions to stimulate debate, but the platform also allows you to add further ideas – please feel free to do so.

Follow the instructions to register as a user on the site.


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 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.