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The Collective Voice of Scotland's Cultural Sector


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City Deals: Cultural Cities & Local Resilience #CPGCulture
5:30 PM17:30

City Deals: Cultural Cities & Local Resilience #CPGCulture

The Topic of the next Cross Party Group on Culture will be 'City Deals: Cultural Cities & Local Resilience.'. We have interesting speakers to share ideas and experiences from being involved in City Deals. 



5.30pm Announcements from CPG 11th Dec Cultural Freelancers 
5.40pm Introduction to discussion and panellists
5.45pm Short-Film from Arts and Business Scotland 
5.55pm Panellist Anna Young - Glasgow Canal Project 
6.05pm Panellist Julie Farr – Dundee Social Enterprise Network 
6.15pm Panellist Dame Seona Reid – Cultural Cities Inquiry. 
6.30pm Skye Eco-Museum Short-Film 
6.40pm Open discussion, including group members 
7.30pm Confirm Group Actions (if any) 
7.40pm Date of Next Meeting 1st Oct 2019 (incorporating the AGM) 
7.45pm Close



Members of the Cross Party Group receive notification of events by email. You can see the current membership on the Scottish Parliament website. If you would like to join, please contact Andy Membership is open to all.

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Core Members Meeting - Policy Design (Feb 19)
10:30 AM10:30

Core Members Meeting - Policy Design (Feb 19)

  • Buchanan Suite, The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Culture Counts members meet twice a year at Core Members Meetings. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 27 February 2019 at The Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow. This event is invite only, for Core Members of Culture Counts. If you can't attend, but know a colleague who would like to come along, please email Andy



10:30AM - Scottish Government Climate Adaptation Plan.

11:00AM - Visa Policy: Collaborative Build Policy Workshop: Help design the Visa system that our sector needs.

13:30PM - Norway: Morten Jgelten Director of the Association of Norwegian Orchestras and Theatres shares information. How to work with the EU as a non-member state?

2:45PM - Facilitated collaborative policy experiment. The Active Scotland Framework; could this work for Culture alongside the National Performance Framework? 

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One Step Beyond: Radical Futures for Cultural Freelancers in Scotland - #CPGculture
6:00 PM18:00

One Step Beyond: Radical Futures for Cultural Freelancers in Scotland - #CPGculture


The Cross Party Group on Culture, hosted by Joan McAlpine MSP, invites you to the next group meeting.


The Topic.

The next Cross Party Group on Culture topic is 'Radical Futures for Cultural Freelancers in Scotland'. The group will discuss;

  • What are the barriers to working successfully as a Cultural Freelancer in Scotland?

  • What changes can we make to better support freelancers?


  • Networking: 5.30 PM - 6 PM

  • Meeting: 6 PM - 8 PM



Use #CPGculture to follow and join in the discussion online.

Who is this event for?

The Cross Party Group on Culture is open to all. If you haven't attended before; Cross-Party Groups (CPGs) provide an opportunity for Members of all parties, outside organisations and members of the public to meet and discuss a shared interest in a particular cause or subject. The cross party group on culture meets twice a year at the Scottish Parliament. The purpose of the group is to discuss cultural matters and ideas.


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Core Members Meeting - Culture Strategy Consultation (Aug 18)
12:30 PM12:30

Core Members Meeting - Culture Strategy Consultation (Aug 18)

  • City of Edinburgh Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Policy Design - Culture Strategy



Facilitated collaborative policy build event to produce a response from the sector to the Culture Strategy for Scotland:

  • Theme 1: Measuring Impact: ideal outcomes and practical realities

  • Theme 2: One Step Beyond: culture strategy into action plan

  • Theme 3: To Tsar or not to Tsar?

Report (Appendix 1)

The outcomes from the event have been pulled together in our Report - Culture Counts Response to the Draft For Consultation. Read an overview here or download the full PDF Report.

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Core Members Meeting - Policy Sharing (May 18)
12:00 PM12:00

Core Members Meeting - Policy Sharing (May 18)

Policy Sharing

Core Members of Culture Counts met on Wednesday 23 May 2018 to discuss and share policy.

Amanda Huxtable

Amanda Huxtable

Jonathan Stoneman

Jonathan Stoneman


  • Data Visualisation: How to use data to tell a story, BBC Data Journalist Jonathan Stoneman

  • Improving Equality & Diversity: How to implement effective change in your organisation to improve equality and diversity within the Cultural Sector with Amanda Huxtable, Hull Truck Theatre

  • Parliamentary Inquiries: How to write a Parliamentary Inquiry that a clerk can use with Sigrid Robinson, Scottish Parliament

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