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Culture Club

Culture Club | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

The List's indy issue is really odd. Promising 'a range of cultural voices' I thought of all the papers out there The List has managed at last to unearth some No voting creative types....

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The roots of our cultural cringe

The roots of our cultural cringe | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
JONATHAN Mills's decision to ignore the independence referendum in next year's Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) has evoked two reactions:
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A sense of promise | Scottish Left Review

Scotland is a land of many cultures; a cause for celebration. A mongrel nation is a healthy nation, with inward migration an enhancing counterpoint to the outward variety which has long been a feature of Scottish ambitions for some of her daughters and sons.

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Glasgow artists showcase Scotland in Venice

A DISINTIGRATING tiled Glasgow hallway, films about colonialism and freedom, and a new dance work from leading Scottish ballet director Michael Clark have been unveiled as Scotland's weighty contribution to the world's biggest art festival.

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Project: Flytings | National Collective

Project: Flytings | National Collective | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

In 1964, Hamish Henderson and Hugh MacDiarmid engaged in their second, and most important, round of “flytings” – intense but respectful poetic competitions between Scottish makaris. Through correspondence in the Scotsman, what began as a discussion of the worth of Scottish folk song became a fiery argument about the role of the artist and thinker in society, which Henderson described as “taking on with every letter more and more of the high mottled complexion of a Celtic flyting.” Macdiarmid insisted that real culture resides in the intellectuals, whose interests are identical to those of the masses, because the function of the creative artist “is the extension of human consciousness.” Henderson, however, believed that true culture arose in the people. This exchange took place through public correspondence.

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Fuzzy Friday 2

Fuzzy Friday 2 | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Each week we offer you five great things, sites, events, people or projects which we think are Bella-isimo. 1. Come and Have a Go if you Think Your Bard Enough. [...]
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Culture sheltered from major cuts in Scottish budget

Culture sheltered from major cuts in Scottish budget | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Creative Scotland and the culture sector are to receive relatively small cuts in the Scottish government's draft budget for 2013/14, published on Thursday at Holyrood.
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Scotland Inspired: James Robertson

Scotland Inspired: James Robertson | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Who and what has shaped some of Scotland's most creative minds?
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Scotland's Proud Cultural Heritage Benefits From Being in the UK

Scotland's Proud Cultural Heritage Benefits From Being in the UK | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
In Scotland we can be proud of not just having a great cultural heritage, and to lay claim to the likes of Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson, but we can also be proud of the many modern companies that we can call our own...
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Who does Maggie Curran imagine is preventing "Scotland's creative communities" being heard on both sides of the constitutional debate? The reality is that artists and those in the creative industries are as free as anybody else to come out for or against the restoration of Scotland's rightful constitutional status. It just happens that through groups such as National Collective there appear to be more artists and creatives coming out for independence than against. Curran may want to pretend that this is because anti-independence voices in the creative communities are being suppressed by some mysterious force, but the more likely explanation for the dearth of artists and performers coming out in support of the anti-independence campaign is the dire nature of that campaign's aptly named "Project Fear".

And who can blame them when the closest Curran can come to a positive argument in favour of the union is that Scotland gets back some of the money the people of Scotland pump into the National Lottery. By implication, at least, Curran suggests that Scotland benefits disproportionately from sending money to London to be disbursed as the cliques of the British state see fit. But, unsurprisingly, she offers no evidence of this. Perhaps because the National Lottery's accounting procedures are so labyrinthine as to make it all but impossible to determine where money comes from and where it goes to. Perhaps because, in keeping, with the abysmal standards of Better Together - the official name for the Tory/Labour/LibDem alliance for the preservation of the British state - evidence, accuracy and honesty are not a priority.

Totally in keeping with the barrel-scraping, scaremongering standards of Project Fear is Curran's threat that the rest of the UK (rUK) would somehow contrive to cut off Scotland from the cultural world. The threat that, in a fit of petty pique at the people of Scotland deciding that they want to bring their government home, those cliques of the British state would throw up barriers to exclude Scotland from the networks of cultural discourse and exchange that have been built up over centuries - not only between Scotland and the other nations of these islands, but between Scotland and the global family of nations.

It is generally accepted that Maggie Curran is not the most intellectually acute among the little group that British Labour in Scotland are pleased to regard as their "big-hitters". Some say that she is there to make Anas Sarwar look clever, while Sarwar's role is to make Johann Lamont appear smarter than your basic kitchen utensil. It is perhaps not surprising, therefore, that she should be unable to think of independence as anything other than a severing of relationships rather than a redefining of them. As necessarily implying isolation rather than allowing Scotland to freely negotiate the terms on which it engages with other nations which consider this freedom their natural right.

Unfortunately, such attitudes are not confined to the shallow end of the British nationalist intellect pool where Curran and her ilk wallow. The contemptuously condescending view of Scotland evinced by Curran is a defining characteristic of British nationalist ideology.

The claim that Scotland's artistic and creative communities can only thrive under the auspices of a superior, paternalistic British state is profoundly insulting. It is patronising in a way that grates on Scottish sensibilities. While British sensibilities think it patronage that Scotland should be grateful for.

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Let’s Keep Edinburgh’s Festivals International | National Collective

Let’s Keep Edinburgh’s Festivals International | National Collective | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

The biggest challenge that the Yes Campaign faces, in every sector, is that of not casting Scotland,  or Scottish culture, as victim.

The biggest challenge that the Yes Campaign faces, in every sector, is that of not casting Scotland,  or Scottish culture, as victim. - See more at: http://nationalcollective.com/2013/08/18/lets-keep-edinburghs-festivals-international/#sthash.3lt0tps3.dpuf
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A progressive creative stance for Scotland

A progressive creative stance for Scotland | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

Following last week’s widely appreciated keynote speech by Culture Minister, Fiona Hyslop, and the appointment of a new CEO at Creative Scotland, Janet Archer, comes a Petition to the Scottish Government calling on them to deliver a new participative Cultural Policy for Scotland


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What difference would independence make to Scottish culture? Karyn Dougan

What difference would independence make to Scottish culture? Karyn Dougan | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Bookseller Karyn Dougan, from our Glasgow Argyle Street bookshop, reads a new collection of essays on Scottish independence and wonders exactly what a "yes" vote might mean for her nation's culture...
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Finding Scottish Art

Finding Scottish Art | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
No country can afford to have its culture devalued in this way, no culture can afford to be defined as ‘out of history’.
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From Castlemilk to California: the scheme which became a star factory

From Castlemilk to California: the scheme which became a star factory | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Once infamous for its deprivation and crime, Castlemilk in Glasgow now has a new reputation, for producing actors honed in schools where drama is now seen as 'hardcore'...
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"Storytelling, the ceilidh tradition, is such an important part of Scottish culture: Scottish artists and filmmakers need to stand up and reclaim that", says Tim Barrow

"Storytelling, the ceilidh tradition, is such an important part of Scottish culture: Scottish artists and filmmakers need to stand up and reclaim that", says Tim Barrow | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Tim Barrow explains why he believes modern story tellers – particularly those involved in film and theatre – have a vital role to play in creating Scotland’s cultural and political future in the run-up to the independence referendum in 2014.
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Edinburgh to host biennial arts summit | Herald Scotland

Edinburgh to host biennial arts summit | Herald Scotland | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

EDINBURGH will become the centre of the world's artistic political elite every two years, in a regular series of summits for arts ministers.

 

Jonathan Mills, the artistic director of the Edinburgh International Festival, which unveils its ambitious 2012 programme today, has revealed plans for the Scottish capital to host biennial August meetings of more than 40 government arts ministers.

 

The group will not only meet and discuss policy and partnerships, but take in the cultural offerings of the annual festival, Fringe, and book festival.

 

The first International Culture Summit will take place on August 13 and 14, during the Edinburgh Festival and just after the close of the 2012 London Olympics.

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