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19-23 August 2024

Friday, August 23, 2024

Think local, act global? - international cultural ambition in perilous times

Time: 1:15pm to 2:45pm

In partnership with the Cross-Party Group on Culture and Communities

£7.50 full price and £5 concession

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Event description

Working on the global stage allows Scotland to showcase its creativity and wield influence. However, in a world grappling with post-pandemic challenges, Brexit repercussions, climate crises and shrinking budgets, international working is increasingly difficult.

How can Scotland’s culture sector fulfil its global ambitions during unpredictable times?

Chair: Sarah Boyack MSP, Cross-party Group on Culture and Communities


Festival of Politics panellists

Alex Reedijk OBE FRC joined Scottish Opera as general director in February 2006, following four years at the helm of The NBR New Zealand Opera. Prior to that he was executive director of the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. He is currently acting chair of the Citizens Theatre and Chair of Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock.

Dr Anthony Schrag is a practicing artist and researcher, and reader at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. His work examines the role of art in participatory and public contexts, with a specific focus on social conflict, agonism and ethics. He is published widely and known for his use of creative practice research methods.

Dr Lynne J Hocking is chair of Applied Arts Scotland SCIO (AAS), a membership organisation run by professional craft practitioners to support the making community in Scotland. AAS deliver projects where knowledge sharing and craft thinking explore ideas around sustainability and identity as they relate to local and global concerns.


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