so what’s the plan
“We want to foster a Scotland where people are confident to express their creativity, and a nation that is confident in participating on the world stage”. Scotland’s political manifesto includes a strong statement of intent to drive the formulation of a Scottish cultural strategy, but it also points to a lack of belief. Confidence in Scotland’s creative culture will develop from a new level of engagement in much the same way as confidence in Scotland’s political culture has been transformed. This means a plan that is focused on encouraging rather than framing activity, and anticipating future possibilities rather than current exigencies. I hope the SNP use their manifesto commitment as an opportunity to listen to all of the voices with something to say about arts and culture and to ensure that platforms are provided for young and emerging practitioners to shape the debate.
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