Showcasing Scotland’s creative talent: our commitment to culture

By , 01/08/17

This summer marks the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh’s festivals, just one part of Scotland’s fantastic cultural scene.

In government, the SNP is working to provide a platform for our artists to continue flourish, to take their work to an international audience and to provide equity in access to the arts within Scotland. And, at Westminster, we will continue to be strong voices for Scotland’s creative sector.


Here’s how we’re supporting creativity in Scotland.


1.  We have enhanced the Edinburgh Festival Expo Fund in the International Festival’s 70th anniversary year, with an additional £300,000 of funding.


The Expo Fund was created by the SNP government in 2008 and has since supported Edinburgh festivals with £19 million of funding. The fund supports works premiered at the festivals to tour within Scotland or further afield, work by Scottish-based artists or companies and work created jointly with international artists.


2. We continue to support our world-class National Performing Companies.


Scotland has five national companies that we are committed to funding in government: Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the National Theatre of Scotland. We are also continuing to provide an International Touring Fund to help the national companies perform overseas.


And as part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal, we have committed £10 million to support the development of a new performance venue that will serve as the new home of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.


3. We are committed to a film studio for Scotland.


The SNP Scottish Government is facilitating the development of private sector-led permanent film studio space that will support Scotland’s potential in TV production and filmmaking. And we’re committed to creating a new dedicated unit for film and TV, based within Creative Scotland.


4. We are developing a culture strategy for Scotland that is based on access, equity and excellence.


We have begun the process of developing a new Culture Strategy for Scotland. Developed in collaboration with artists, cultural organisations and communities across the country, the strategy will support the long-term development of culture in Scotland.


5. We are working to protect Scotland’s place the European Single Market, the continuation of freedom of movement and the funding programmes our cultural sector currently benefit from.


Scotland’s cultural sector benefits immensely from the free flow of artists across Europe - we believe that this sharing of ideas and talent should continue. At Westminster, we will continue to demand clarity and certainty over existing EU funding and will fight any and all attempts to grab Scotland’s funding.


Read more about how we’re standing up for Scotland’s creative sectors at Westminster in our 2017 General Election culture manifesto.


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