Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has praised Scotland’s cultural and creative attractions and welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s on-going commitment to their continued success.
Ms McTaggart was speaking in a debate at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 21st April on the contribution of culture, visitor attractions and events to Scotland’s economy and society.
She highlighted 2014 as a great year for Art and Culture in Scotland, made possible by events such as Big Big Sing, the World Pipe Band Championships and the Edinburgh Festival which saw record attendance and box office sales.
Speaking in the debate, Ms McTaggart said: “It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to discuss the huge contribution that Scotland’s cultural and creative attractions make to our society, our economy and our diversity as a nation.
“The world’s eyes are always on Scotland’s cultural sector, as time and again it punches well above its weight in the world. This year promises to be no different.
“From the world of music, we have already had the amazing Celtic Connections festival, which, once again, showed why Scotland’s bands are among the most influential in the world. In Glasgow, we again welcome back to Glasgow Green the world pipe band championships, with more than 300 live performances.
“2014 was indeed a momentous year for culture in Scotland and there are promising signs to suggest that this was no fluke. Let us ensure that 2014 is the rule rather than the exception and that, with our continued support in this Parliament, Scotland continues to flourish creatively and culturally.”
You can read Anne McTaggart’s speech here.