Donald Smith has been Director of the Netherbow Arts Centre and its successor, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, through nearly three decades of dramatic change. He has also been Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival since its inception and a catalyst in the global storytelling renaissance.
In his lecture, “Global Nation? Defining Scotland’s Festive Identities”, Dr Donald Smith, a respected commentator on cultural affairs, teases out some of the inside stories, and peers into a potentially turbulent yet open future for Scotland’s capital city and its Festivals in a period of global crisis.
What is driving Scotland’s twenty-first century identity and self projection? What are the roles of culture, environment, history and politics in this crucible? And where are Edinburgh’s Festivals positioned in the mix? Is there consensus around starting points and objectives, or are Festival programmers part of wider, partly undeclared, culture wars?
What might it mean for Scotland to be a truly global nation, and are its Festivals crucial to the project – or freeloaders?
The lecture is open to all staff, students and the public, and is followed by a reception.