Fiona Hyslop MSP

Fiona Hyslop MSP

Written 10 posts

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

Women Political Leaders Forum – Visit to Lithuania

7th June 2018

On 6-7 June, I am visiting Lithuania to take part in the Women Political Leader’s (WPL) Summit and strengthen Scotland’s links with our European partners. Bringing together female political leaders from around the world, the summit is an excellent opportunity to discuss global challenges and exchange best practice in relation to women’s representation in politics…

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Canada Day: Scotland’s strong and enduring friendship with Canada

1st July 2017

I am proud to highlight the strong and enduring friendship between Scotland and Canada as we mark the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation today (1st July) and as Scotland prepares to welcome Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Edinburgh next week. Canada has always been one of our key cultural and business partners: threads…

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Europe Day 2017: Scotland’s cultural relationships with Europe

9th May 2017

Today is Europe Day, marking what is widely believed to be the birth of the European Union on 9 May 1950, when Robert Schuman, a French foreign minister, made the Schuman Declaration. It proposed that France and West Germany, alongside Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium, should pool coal and steel production. As Europe was…

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Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

25th March 2017

Sixty years ago today, in a Europe that was still healing from the division and economic scars of World War Two, the signing of the Treaty of Rome laid the foundations for the sustainable peace we all enjoy today. What for centuries had been an abstract aspiration for meaningful cross-border cooperation had turned into concrete…

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Building economic ties with Japan

18th February 2017

This week I have been in Japan to strengthen cultural and economic ties and the special relationship that exists between our two countries. Scotland is an outward looking society and Japan is an important international ally. This trip underlined the Scottish Government’s determination to maintain our reputation on the global stage. One message that I…

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Japan’s growing market for Scotch

15th February 2017

During my visit to Japan, I visited the Isetan Shinjuku Store, which boasts the highest sales of any department store in Japan. I had the pleasure to take part in the first ever Scottish food and drink Fair and highlight the quality and provenance of authentic Scottish produce. Scotland has a fantastic larder of some of the world’s…

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Our flourishing relationship with Japan

11th February 2017

Our long history with Japan dates back to the 19th century – shortly after Japan decided to open its doors to the world. The Scottish merchant Thomas Glover’s relationship with Japan has been widely publicised and celebrated in both countries, and I had the pleasure of visiting Glover Garden in Nagasaki in 2015.

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Book Week Scotland

3rd December 2015

The importance of reading for pleasure cannot be underestimated. It broadens the mind and nourishes the soul, while providing a range of mental health and wellbeing benefits that cannot be ignored. However, finding the time to read or feeling confident reading can be challenging. The Scottish Government is committed to increasing learning through the arts…

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Fiona Hyslop: Edinburgh International Film Festival – showcasing the best of film in Scotland

19th June 2015

This week sees the start of Edinburgh’s festival season with the launch of the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) – the longest continually running film festival in the world. The festival brings together 1,400 industry delegates, film makers and media, and provides a global platform to showcase the very best of Scottish and world…

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Fiona Hyslop: Celebrating Film in Scotland at Cannes

22nd May 2015

Earlier this week, I attended the Cannes International Film Festival and I spoke at the Creative Scotland Reception which was attended by hundreds of Scottish, UK and international film professionals. This gave me the chance to highlight the Scottish Government’s continued support for the film sector in Scotland. The event provided the opportunity to celebrate Film in Scotland in an international…

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