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Dundee today formally launched a five-year cultural strategy. ...
Dundee today formally launched a five-year cultural strategy.

Culture minister Mike Watson toured the city's facilities and praised the innovative, forward thinking approach to cultural and sports development.

At the Dundee Centre for Contemporary Arts, Mr Watson said:

'Dundee is a shining example to us all of the important part that arts, sport and culture can play in sustaining, developing and regenerating communities.

'Over the last ten years Dundee City Council has taken the lead in placing arts and sports development firmly at the heart of its drive for social and economic regeneration.

'Local authorities play a fundamental role in implementing the objectives of the Scottish executive's National Cultural Strategy on the ground. Dundee City Council has been a leader in embedding cultural strategies in their local community planning process since the launch of its arts strategy in 1994.

'Today, I have seen at first hand how this approach can promote and enhance the economic and cultural renaissance of a city. Dundee has altered dramatically within the past ten years. I commend your forethought and enterprise, and look forward to the results of this current five-year plan.'

The executive's National Cultural Strategy, Creating our Future, Minding our Past was launched in August 2000. It has a key priority to embed local cultural strategies within the local community planning process and within community learning plans, forming links with key local agencies.

The Dundee Cultural Strategy 2001-2006 features:

Redevelopment of the McManus Galleries

Opening of SPACE dance facility

Growth of cultural tourism

Development of the cultural quarter

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