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One City, One Vision: The Inverness 2035 vision puts arts and culture at the very heart of its proposals saying 'Local culture, art and music will be at the core of city plans, nurtured and supported by creative funding'

By Scott Maclennan

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Eden Court is at the heart of the city's cultural scene.
Eden Court is at the heart of the city's cultural scene.

Dundee enjoyed enormous success when it set out to make itself a cultural centre after traditional industries waned – and Inverness 2035 now wants to see the Highland embark on a similar evolutionary journey.

Much of the plan involves building on what is already there, whether it is more work with High Life Highland or Eden Court, and says that much of what is not there already is on its way.

Around £18 million is being invested in revamping Inverness Castle, removing eyesore office buildings and creating what has been described as “a world-class visitor experience” through funding from the UK and Scottish governments.

The city’s scenic riverside will be viewed from an economic perspective as it is “brought to life with market stalls and activities” while the variety of offering across the city would aim to meet “every style, budget and taste.”

The vision states: “As a successful city with wellbeing at its heart, Inverness will be a showcase for art, leisure, culture and music, bringing to life Highland heritage through artistic expression in physical art and spaces.

“Local culture, art and music will be at the core of city plans, nurtured and supported by creative funding.

“An ongoing commitment to culture and the arts will grow the city’s night economy and ensure Inverness’s reputation as an experience city.

“A world-class visitor experience, Inverness Castle will cement the city’s reputation for tourism, heritage and arts. Urban trails will be well planned and engaging.

“Eden Court, Scotland’s largest single-site, award-winning arts venue, will be one of Scotland’s best-loved experience venues, bringing an excellent artistic programme to residents and visitors alike.

“High Life Highland will be leading peer organisations in attracting the best in culture, learning, sport, leisure, health and wellbeing, along with engaged partners, such as Sportscotland, Creative Scotland, VisitScotland and Scottish Canals.

“Every corner of the city will boast modern sport and leisure facilities that are accessible and welcoming.”

To read the full Inverness 2035 policy document click here

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