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07/07/14 11:55

Creative Sector to discuss Scotland’s future

Culture and External Affairs Secretary to hold question session.

Those who work in the creative and cultural sector will have a chance to discuss their views on the future for culture in Scotland with Culture and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop next week.

The Cabinet Secretary will outline her vision for the sector under independence before hosting a public discussion at Glasgow School of Art on 18th July from 1-3pm. The discussion will be chaired by Tom Inns, the School’s Director.

The free event will give people working, or with an interest in, the arts, screen and creative industries an opportunity to discuss the future the Scottish Government has set out in detail in its white paper ‘Scotland’s Future’ following a vote for independence in this September’s historic referendum.

The public discussion forms part of the First Minister Alex Salmond’s commitment that between now and the referendum, people across Scotland will be able to put their questions directly to him and his Cabinet colleagues.

This will be the sixth such discussion Ms Hyslop has taken part in, but the first designed specifically for the culture sector.

Ms Hyslop is keen to hear as many views as possible and will answer questions from members of the audience.

Speaking ahead of the event, Fiona Hyslop said:

“I want Scotland to be a country where everybody cares about, shares and champions our culture and our heritage – where everyone has a responsibility and can make a contribution.

“As we move towards the referendum in 2014, I believe that culture and heritage must continue to be at the heart of Scotland’s continued development and must shape our engagement with the world.

“In an independent Scotland our arts, our creativity and our heritage would be collectively valued, nurtured and supported across the public, private and third sector - not just because of the economic impact that would deliver, but because culture and heritage are an intrinsic and instrumental good for us all.

“This is the most culturally ambitious government that Scotland has ever seen. With independence we would take our strong ambitions to the next level and see Scottish culture and heritage achieve even more than it does already.”

“I’m asking people in the sector to come and have their say about the type of Scotland they want in the future and I would encourage them to come to Glasgow School of Art, to share their views with me and with the wider sector next Friday.”

Attendance is free but spaces are limited, so the Scottish Government has asked attendees to register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-for-culture-in-scotland-tickets-12102445741