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A vision for culture in Scotland

1. What is your view of the Vision as set out above?

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2. If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Scotland is a culturally rich country but culture is not restrictive to creativity and the arts but instead the spirit of the Scottish people and those who choose Scotland as their home. It is important to highlight that the warm and inviting nature of Scottish people is a key part of enriching both the visitor and home economy. (Even more important in light of political change such as Brexit)

Transforming through culture

3. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’?

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4. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
I agree, Scotland can be transformed through culture but it must be carefully maintained to ensure sustainability in this sense. I see culture as the following; food and drink, spirit, innovation, education, technology, arts, diversity, togetherness, history, agriculture and architecture. These are all elements which can highlight what Scotland has to offer in terms of culture.

5. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
I like that the aims support firstly the people of Scotland and how culture can better enrich our lives. The only point would be that there are more societal issues that can be overcome through participation in events/festivals and general cultural activities. Glasgow is a key example of overcoming city issues through cultural campaigns such as "People Make Glasgow" but poverty/separation of poor/rich is not the only issue. As an Edinburgh citizen the over capitalisation of the city has made it difficult for those who work/live and study in Edinburgh to participate in cultural activities due to rising housing prices and the general busy-ness and expense involved with visiting Edinburgh. A cultural aim could be to allow citizens to be more easily involved in the great cultural activities the city has to offer. A huge part of our culture is also our Architecture and Historical heritage, due to the over-tourism of the city these elements have been very capitalised and the cultural impacts can not be fully felt by those who see Edinburgh as their home. Economic gain should not be a key element here, that's what the economic strategies are for.

Empowering through culture

6. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’?

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7. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
I agree, Scotland can be empowered via culture as the culture we have to offer on both a local and national scale is immense.

8. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
These aims are more in line with the diversity of what culture is. The word "creativity" can be exclusive as many elements of culture are not "creative". It is vital to Scotland's future for culture to be equally shared and to not focus on just the "less fortunate" as the above aims suggest. If culture is to be equally shared the aims must reflect how all people will be enriched by a cultural strategy.

Sustaining culture

9. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’?

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10. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Culture is already a positive force in our society and I think it is recognised and appreciated throughout cultural pockets around Scotland. Sustainability is key here so in that sense the ambition is right but what should also be key is to share and as noted, nurture culture.

11. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
We already have the skills to help culture thrive, innovation and hard work is at the heart of Scottish people. What is needed is adequate funding and appreciation for those of all ages who contribute to our cultural industries. Again, "creative" is not the right word. Our culture is defined by more than just creativity. Those who are innovative are often more technologically or logically minded, creativity is a key part but it is not diverse enough. Aim 3 is great, as a country we have always been very open to diverse backgrounds, they are key to our cultural wealth and should be encouraged and celebrated, again in particular with the political climate we are in.

Delivering A Culture Strategy for Scotland

12. Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.

Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.
It is key to look at the ECoC and what the capitals that have been represented have done with that platform. This is strictly on an events perspective but a lot can be gained. Valetta 2018's cultural programme spans the arts, free local events, a psychiatry and arts conference and looks at welcoming exterior cultures, in this instance Turkish music. Edinburgh in particular has a buzzing technology sector, a great cultural gain can be made from broadcasting and encouraging involvement here. Yes as a country we are well known for music, arts, dancing etc but there is also so much with regard to technology, medicine, education, history, agriculture and architecture. With regard to inclusivity those who support these industries should be considered e.g. the NHS workers who don't get time to enjoy cultural activity but work so hard to support our health.

13. What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions and actions of the strategy?

What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions
Working with Visit Scotland and being a key part of how the world see's Scotland cultural aims and objectives can be communicated easily and inclusively. Social media, traditional marketing means, outreach and work experience for many people are just a few ways that the cultural message can be shared and encouraged.

14. What do you think success for the strategy will look like?

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
Education - a rise in young people getting involved in the diverse industries Scotland has to offer and a rise in international and local applications Economy - a more equal economy that allows the locals of Scotland to enjoy the same opportunities that those who visit the country do Environment - a stronger understanding of what Scotland has to offer and the importance of sustaining and protection our national treasures Policy - a policy that puts the people of Scotland and those who choose Scotland as their home first and encourages inclusion across all classes in society

Monitoring the Impact of the Strategy

15. What is your view of the proposed approach to monitoring and evaluating the strategy set out in section 5?

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16. If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.

If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.
Frequent monitoring and publication of results of implementation of strategy will ensure the strategy is successful

Impact Assessments

18. Do you think the partial Equality Impact Assessment has identified where the strategy might impact on people differently depending on characteristics such as age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity?

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20. Do you think the partial Children’s Rights and Welfare Impact Assessment sets out how the proposals presented in the strategy might impact on the rights and welfare of children?

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22. How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.

How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.
Inspiration should be taken from the outcomes of Glasgow after the commonwealth games where more poverty stricken areas were revitalised and people were given new work and education opportunities. Cities such as Liverpool which has also been ECoC should also be seen as an inspiration for a Scotland wide strategy. The main feedback is that all elements of Scottish people should be included, not just those who are from different socio-economic backgrounds as most cultural activities are expensive for even those in full time, well paid careers.

23. Do you think the partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment identifies how the proposals presented in the Strategy might impact on businesses, the third (voluntary) sector or have any regulatory impact?

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About you

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Eboni Greenhowe

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Visit Scotland