Culture is important in and of itself and participation in culture is a force for good for individuals and society. To support Scotland’s culture and heritage, we are investing almost £270 million.
Our world class National Collections are enjoyed by over five million people every year. We are protecting free access and are working to widen the touring of our National Collections – beyond traditional settings – in our schools and communities.
Engaging young people in cultural activity in and out of their education environment is a priority – in 2015/16 alone over 1.6 million opportunities were created for young people to participate in music and the arts.
Since 2008 we have provided £21 million investment in Edinburgh’s major festivals, now opened up funding to Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, investing in the skills and talent of both emerging and established artists here in Scotland.
We are committed to the International Touring Fund, helping our National Performing Companies share their work with audiences worldwide.