The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

10-year strategy launched

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Aberdeen City Coun­cil has ap­proved a new 10year strategy for cul­ture.

In an at­tempt to boost the city’s cultural of­fer­ing both at home and abroad, the coun­cil has worked closely with or­gan­i­sa­tions across the city to iden­tify their pri­or­i­ties for the next decade.

Cul­ture Aberdeen in­cludes bid­ding for the Unesco Cre­ative City des­ig­na­tion, cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties within the cul­ture sec­tor and build­ing on ex­ist­ing links to partner cities such as Cal­gary, Hous­ton and Sta­vanger.

More than 30 or­gan­i­sa­tions have signed up to the coun­cil-led plan, and it is ex­pected that £2.7 mil­lion will be spent this year alone on events – such as the hugely pop­u­lar Spec­tra.

Lead­ers hope that by boost­ing the city’s cultural draw they can bring even more vis­i­tors, amid a pro­longed down­turn in the oil and gas in­dus­try.

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