Scotland's National Cultural Strategy Annual Report 2003
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...minding our past
scotland's national cultural strategy
annual report 2003
Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Frank McAveety, MSP receiving a copy of the Smithsonian Tartan from Alastair Buchan, Lochcarron of Scotland weavers at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington DC, Summer 2003
I warmly welcome you to Scotland's 'cultural yearbook' for 2003.
This publication gives a full account of Scotland's cultural highlights since last November's report. It is packed with exciting information about new developments, investment and initiatives - testimony to the commitment and achievements of legions of organisations and creative artists throughout Scotland. So many prestigious accolades have headed their way in the last year; I have to wonder how many other countries can boast a 'roll of honour' like ours covering such a wide range of creative endeavour.
I am particularly excited by the following new commitments and events:
the grand re-opening of the Royal Scottish Academy refurbishment in Edinburgh after the highly successful first stage of its 30 million transformation;
the launch this year of our new major events body, EventScotland;
"Scotland at the Smithsonian", a truly splendid showcase of Scotland's living cultural traditions in Washington DC this Summer;
record-breaking increases in audience figures for Edinburgh's Summer festivals;
the announcement that Scotland is to have a National Theatre, based in Glasgow's Easterhouse;
the new 30 million strategy to provide a network of high quality sports facilities across the country;
publication of draft legislation that will provide secure status for the Gaelic language - and the establishment of Gaelic development agency, Bòrd na Gàidhlig;
the announcement by the First Minister of 17.5 million funding so that, by 2006, every primary school pupil will be able to take a year's free music tuition.
So much is being done to provide high quality cultural experiences for young and old alike, to enrich their lives. All Scotland's cultural agencies are giving priority to increasing participation rates.
As with last year's report, Part 4 lists key national organisations which offer practical help to those wishing to take part in Scotland's culture.
In addition to this forward-moving action programme, the Executive's Partnership Agreement makes a new commitment. This Executive has a bold vision for Scotland's cultural life - its arts, heritage, language and sport - and for developing the latent creativity of its people. To achieve that we must get our governance and structures right.
We shall shortly be launching a wide-ranging consultation about the future shape of Scotland's cultural governance. This will be vital in defining the focus of cultural policy in Scotland beyond the life of the present Cultural Strategy. I look forward to energetic debate about the important issues that will be raised, and identifying the best way to build on and surpass our achievements of the very recent past, as set out in this document.
Frank McAveety, MSP
Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport
The document is in 4 parts. Parts 1 - 3 cover 3 themes which are key in driving the Strategy forward -
promoting the contribution of culture
developing education and learning
widening opportunities and improving the nation's health
The document explains the progress being made to achieve them, including action since the second annual report of the Strategy in November 2002, and plans for forthcoming activity.
Part 4 gives contact details for organisations that have an important role in making things happen and in providing practical help so that more people can get involved.
An Leabhar Mor, The Great Book of Gaelic, Will MacLean artwork
"A VISION FOR A VIGOROUS AND DIVERSE CULTURAL LIFE FOR SCOTLAND - A COUNTRY CONFIDENT OF ITS IDENTITY, KEENLY AWARE AND PROUD OF ITS HERITAGE, AND EAGER TO SEE ITS CULTURAL LIFE DEVELOP AND FLOURISH IN THE 21ST CENTURY"