This study was based on the premise that each person in Scotland has rights of access to high-quality cultural activity. The right to choose from options that can be provided locally and nationally is paramount; but if marketing, education and interpretation are not present too, the rate of take-up is likely to be impaired.
The report states 'The Scottish Government believes that culture is a vital ingredient in Scotland's success, both here and overseas. Culture is also central to the well-being of Scotland's citizens. Its inspirational qualities defy measurement - just as there is no adequate way to define the confidence and pride that culture's myriad works stir up in those who participate and in those who look on in admiration. Government recognises the imperative of freedom of expression. Artistic activity can challenge authority and can carry uncomfortable messages. Creativity is seldom diffident, and the independent conviction found in much of Scotland's art happily contradicts the lack of confidence to which Scots can be disposed.'
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