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Developing a culture strategy for Scotland

We are committed to creating a culture strategy for Scotland which will show how important culture is to Scotland's future, and enable everyone to have the opportunity to take part in or contribute to cultural life in Scotland. We created a draft strategy in collaboration with individuals, artists, cultural organisations and communities across the country.

Public consultation on a draft Culture Strategy for Scotland

The engagement report, which summarises the key themes and ideas which emerged from these early discussions, informed the development of a draft strategy which issued for public consultation in June 2018. The draft strategy set out a vision for culture in Scotland supported by a series of ambitions, aims and actions that will deliver the new National Outcome for culture: we are creative and our vibrant and diverse cultures are expressed and enjoyed widely.

The consultation closed in September 2018. Almost 220 responses were received which demonstrated overall support for the ambitions, aims and actions set out in the draft strategy: transforming through culture, empowering through culture, sustaining culture. Respondents included individual artists and creative practitioners, community groups, public bodies, local authorities, sector representative groups and members of the public across the length and breadth of Scotland.

The consultation analysis report, which sets out the findings of the public consultation, can be found here:

Many of the broad range of responses were very detailed and reflected the importance of culture to those who took part in the consultation. We are reflecting on the rich material that the consultation has generated and will bring forward the final strategy in 2019.


To help shape early thinking around the themes and priorities for the strategy, we held a series of 'Culture Conversations' between June and December 2017. These aimed to stimulate discussion about what matters most to people about culture in Scotland, as well as what is working well and what needs to change to ensure that culture continues to benefit all of society.

We have summarised the key themes and ideas which emerged from these discussions and written submissions in the engagement report and summary below:


To find out more about the culture strategy, email culturestrategy@gov.scot or contact a member of the strategy team:

  • Donna Stewart, Senior Policy Manager: 0131 244 7682
  • Jemma McGuffie, Cultural Engagement Support Officer: 0131 244 9647

You can also share your views on Twitter by mentioning @culturescotgov and using the hashtag #culturescot