New Desire Lines event

Jan 19 2015 | By More

Assembly Rooms to host debates on Edinburgh’s cultural future

The next phase of the Desire Lines strategy to crowd-source input to Edinburgh’s cultural strategy has been announced for Tuesday February 3.

Two debates will take place in the Assembly Rooms, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Entry to both debates is open to all and is free by booking through Eventbrite.

The Assembly Rooms

The Assembly Rooms

Both debates will once again be chaired by Joyce McMillan, who was in the chair for the first Desire Lines debate on December 8 2014 at Summerhall. The debate was structured around the question of What makes Edinburgh a culturally successful city? and a full length video of the debate is available on YouTube.

Following that debate there has been an online survey to explore perspectives and priorities for the cultural future of the City.

The Assembly Rooms debates mark the third public phase of Desire Lines.
Topline results from the online survey will be announced and  participants encouraged to openly share thoughts on which areas to prioritise and to recommend ideas for action.

cultural policy

Desire Lines, described as “an open conversation about the cultural and creative future of Edinburgh”, is being structured so that the results can inform the Edinburgh Council’s new cultural policy. The first draft of the policy is due to be presented to the Culture and Sport Committee in March 2015, with a final draft in May 2015.

Desire Lines is being run by a group of representatives from some of the Edinburgh’s cultural venues, organisations and networks, who were invited by the Council to work independently to make the consultation process happen.

It gets its name from an urban geography term for pathways created by “many people walking on the same course, creating a common route without the need for a prescribed direction”.

A spokesperson for Desire Lines said: “As we enter the next phase of Desire Lines it is vitally important that we gather and focus the thoughts and ideas of all who care about the cultural life of Edinburgh to help us to inform Edinburgh City Council’s future cultural policy and shape approaches that all those who work and engage with the arts can embrace.”


Desire Lines Debates
Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, EH2 2LR
Tuesday 3 February 2015: 2-5 pm and  6-9 pm.
Register attendance for the 2pm event:
Register attendance for the 6pm event:
Desire Lineswebsite:

Desire Lines Facebook page
Desire Lines on Twitter: @DL_Edin
Hashtag: #DesireLinesEdin

The members of the group running Desire Lines are:
Jan-Bert van den Berg (Artlink)
Deborah Keogh (Culture Enterprise Office)
Adam Knight (Edinburgh Playhouse)
Cerin Richardson (Festival City Theatres Trust)
Janine Matheson (Creative Edinburgh)
Jenny Langlands (Dance Base)
Ken Hay (Centre for the Moving Image)
Karl Chapman (Usher Hall)
Duncan Hendry (Festival City Theatres Trust)
Faith Liddell (Festivals Edinburgh)
Nick Barley (Edinburgh International Book Festival)
Frank Little (Edinburgh Museums and Galleries)
Donald Smith (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland)
Fiona Bradley (The Fruitmarket Gallery)


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