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Developing a culture strategy for Scotland

The Government's Programme for Scotland 2017 to 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.

Public consultation on a draft Culture Strategy for Scotland

The engagement report has informed the development of a draft strategy which has now issued for public consultation. The draft strategy sets out a vision for culture in Scotland supported by a series of ambitions, aims and actions that will deliver the new National Outcome for culture: we are creative and our vibrant and diverse cultures are expressed and enjoyed widely.

The draft strategy recognises the fundamental value of culture and its empowering and transformative potential for everyone in Scotland. It commits to long term change through greater collaboration and integration across culture, communities and policy development – transforming through culture; empowering through culture; sustaining culture.

We have produced a British Sign Language (BSL) translation of the consultation.

You can respond to the consultation online either as an individual or part of a larger group or organisation. If you are interested in hosting a consultation discussion event with your local community group, your members or anyone who may have an interest, please get in touch. There is a limited budget to help smaller groups and organisations with any reasonable costs they might incur.

The consultation will run until Wednesday 19 September 2018 and responses will shape the final strategy which will be published later in 2018.


To help shape early thinking around the themes and priorities for the strategy, we held a series of 'Culture Conversations' between June and December 2017. These aimed to stimulate discussion on what about culture matters most to people in Scotland, as well as what is working well and what needs to change to ensure that culture continues to benefit all of society.

We hosted nine public events - in Dundee, Inverness, Paisley, Galashiels, Dumfries, Aberdeen, Skye, Edinburgh and Dunfermline - which attracted nearly 400 contributors in total, and supported more than 50 events held by partners and stakeholders. We also received written submissions from organisations and individuals, including more than 30 contributions via the online ideas forum.

We have summarised the key themes and ideas which emerged from these discussions and written submissions in the engagement report and summary below:


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

  • 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 #culturescot