Launch of Fife’s new cultural & creative strategy

A new creative and cultural strategy for Fife has been launched.

It was unveiled at Lochgelly Centre on Monday night along with the Create in Fife 2014 programme - the dedicated network and support initiative for the creative and cultural industries.

Heather Stuart, Chief Executive at FCT and Cllr Lesley Laird with Damian Baetens of Transmit Start-ups.

Heather Stuart, Chief Executive at FCT and Cllr Lesley Laird with Damian Baetens of Transmit Start-ups.

The new blueprint sets out the main challenges to the sector - it was developed as a result of Fife’s partnership with Creative Scotland which brought investment of £200,000 to the Kingdom to support its creative and cultural economy which is worth some £175m and generates just over 4000 jobs.

The three-year plan covers everything from crafts and visual art to software and electronic publishing, and a number of events and workshops are planned throughout 2014.

The launch was led by Heather Stuart, chief executive of Fife Cultural Trust with contributions from Councillor Lesley Laird, and keynote speaker, Damian Baetens who has worked in the creative sector based out of north-east England for the past 15 years.

She said:’’In the coming year our programme will engage with people across Fife - and significant progress has already been made towards delivering our ambitions.’’

Cllr Laird added: ‘‘Our cultural sector employs 4100 people and accounts for 4.9 per cent of employment - I believe it has the potential to do so much more because Fife has so much to offer.’’

>> Read more about the launch in a special report by Lindsey Alexander, head of features, in this week’s Fife Free Press, Fife Herald, St Andrews Citizen, Glenrothes Gazette and East Fife Mail.