Scotland's Culture Strategy: What's Next?

This event will examine the Scottish Government's upcoming 'A Culture Strategy for Scotland' following last year's consultation. We'll bring together expert speakers and key organisations to discuss how we can work in collaboration to transform and empower through culture, and also how we can sustain this to promote Scotland's rich and diverse culture.

Our culture sector: a strategy for innovation, openness and inclusion

The upcoming Culture Strategy for Scotland can be a game changer for the culture sector in Scotland. From grassroots organi

The Scottish Government published the results of their consultation on the draft strategy in January 2019, citing a commitment to long term change through greater collaboration and integration across culture, communities and policy development as key for developing a vision for the promotion of Scottish culture. The results focused on three ambitions - transforming through culture, empowering through culture and sustaining culture, while also focusing on education and careers, involving society and communities so that the transformative impact of culture is experienced by everyone in Scotland. 

Scotland has a rich and diverse culture, and the new strategy will highlight this through focusing on our heritage, landscapes, languages, traditions and creative industries. Bringing together a variety of sectors and industries the strategy will emphasise the importance of working together to achieve it's goal. It is ambitious, and it is happening, but how do we make this work in practice? 

Join Holyrood on 26 June as we bring together expert speakers to examine how to promote Scotland both at home and abroad, how to support the infrastructure, skills and leadership in the creative industries, tools your organisation can use to encourage collaboration and partnership working and how to empower communities through culture. At the core of this event we'll ask how to sustain culture through nurturing it to grow as a diverse and positive force in society across the country. 

Key issues we'll examine with you... 

  • The value of culture for all and the value of having a cultural strategy in Scotland. How are all different forms of culture reflected in the new strategy? 
  • How will the new Culture Strategy promoting equality and widening access to culture? 
  • Forthcoming funding and partnership opportunities in the new Culture Strategy for Scotland. What is the best way forward to create a sustainable culture sector in Scotland?

Is this event for me?

This event is relevant to anyone working within the culture, heritage, creative and tourism industry in Scotland, and those involved in promoting and sustaining Scotland’s heritage, including:

  • Cultural Heritage manager
  • Gallery and exhibition directors
  • Film, media and publishing experts
  • Outreach program managers
  • Inclusion and equality managers
  • Partnership managers
  • Policy advisors/officer working in culture 
  • Community councils/community advocacy


09:30    Registration and Refreshments

10:00    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

10:05    Session 1: What a culture strategy means for everyone involved

  • Will the new Culture Strategy offer an inclusive definition that embraces all forms of culture in Scotland? We will hear how local grassroots arts and culture organisations and  umbrella sector associations interpret the proposed definition of culture. 

11:00    Questions and Discussion

11:20    Refreshments and Networking

11:40    Session 2: Towards an equal access and production of culture

  •  Analysis of the proposed mechanisms to widen access to culture across Scotland, culture education plans and provision of culture workforce. Key organisations working to widen access to culture, artist representation organisations and culture education entities will examine the Scottish Government's proposal.

12:20    Questions and Discussion

12:50    Lunch and Networking

13:50   Culture funding and cross-sector participation 

  • How can local governments, community initiatives, national institutions and private entities work together enhance culture across Scotland? We will examine alongside experts how the new strategy opens opportunities for new funding and partnerships

14:50    Questions and Discussion

15:20    Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Speaker callout

We are committed to bringing the latest policy information with engaging dialogue and practical case studies to make a real impact in the public sector. If you are a knowledge expert in your field or have an inspiring case study which would make an impact to Public Sector organisations, we would love to hear from you. Please email with your name and contact details, linkedin profile and a summary of your project or area or expertise and we will be in touch.


Central Edinburgh, venue TBC. 


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VATpp (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VATpp | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VATpp | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635
26 June 2019

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