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Cultural agency picks Edinburgh base

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The cultural agency is to start operating this summer

The new cultural agency Creative Scotland is to have its main base in Edinburgh.

The organisation, which will unite the existing Scottish Arts Council with the film agency Scottish Screen, is to begin operating this summer.

Edinburgh City Council said it had identified a city centre property which, subject to approval, would house the new organisation.

Council leader Jenny Dawe has welcomed the news.

Ms Dawe said: "We are delighted that Creative Scotland's main location will be here in Edinburgh.

"This is something we have championed from the outset.

"We firmly believe that as the pre-eminent arts and festival city, Edinburgh is the natural home of the newly established national cultural agency.

"A fantastic location has been identified, which will provide state-of-the-art flexible accommodation which suits Creative Scotland's business model and allows for quick and easy access to both national and international transport links."

Ewan Brown, chairman of Creative Scotland 2009 Ltd, the body set up to oversee the establishment of the new national agency, said: "This is a welcome commitment by Edinburgh City Council, which allows Creative Scotland to identify and secure modern premises in Scotland's capital city, close to easily accessible transport links and in a purpose-built environment that will support the new organisation's ambitions for the nation's creative professionals."



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