• Book Week Scotland

    3rd December 2015 by

    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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  • Family Portrait: The Scots Italians 1890-1940

    11th November 2015 by

    This December, National Records of Scotland, with the support of the Consulate General of Italy in Edinburgh, will host an exhibition exploring the history of the Italian community in Scotland. The exhibition, featuring rare photographs and restored documents, provides new fascinating insights into the life of Italian families who moved to Scotland in the early twentieth...

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  • Fiona Hyslop: Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

    22nd October 2015 by

    Scottish Diaspora Tapestry by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop. One of the foundations on which a modern Scotland is built is the enduring relationship with France which dates back to 1295. The long standing treaty, Vielle Alliance, began when King John Balliol’s relationship with England started to deteriorate. This period...

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  • Humza Yousaf: Refugees are coming to Scotland – here’s how you can make them welcome.

    5th October 2015 by

    The Scottish Government has made it clear to the UK Government that Scotland will take its proportionate share of refugees coming to Britain. As Minister for Europe and International Development, I chair a task force which is designed to help smooth the transition for the adults and children preparing to come to Scotland. We’re holding...

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  • Fiona Hyslop: BBC Charter review stakeholder event

    30th September 2015 by

    Last week I joined a cross-section of Scotland’s broadcasting sector to consider the question `What does Scotland want from the BBC Charter Renewal process?` at the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow. The Scottish Government has – for the first time – secured a formal role during the process of BBC Charter renewal. This offers us...

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  • Scotland at the Milan Expo

    27th August 2015 by

    Scottish food, drink, tourism and sustainability will be the focus of a four-day Scottish showcase at the World Expo in Milan next month. ‘Scotland at the Expo’, a programme of events to be held at the Milan Expo 2015, was announced this week at the Italian Consulate (25 August) by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture,...

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  • Dr Aileen McLeod: Showcasing Scottish Aquaculture in Norway

    20th August 2015 by

    Earlier this week, I attended Aqua Nor, the largest aquaculture trade show in the world in Norway, which brings together world leading figures in the industry including farmed salmon producers, suppliers and the service sector. This gave me the opportunity to continue to promote Scotland’s global reputation as the most developed salmon aquaculture industry in...

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  • Maureen Watt: Aberdeen International Youth Festival

    10th August 2015 by

    I recently had the pleasure of attending and saying a few words at the film premiere of A Dance Explosion at my local cinema, the Belmont Filmhouse, as part of this year’s Aberdeen International Youth Festival. The film showed how amazingly powerful the legacy of arts can be as it intertwined the story of internationally...

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

    19th June 2015 by

    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 by

    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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