May 26, 2022

The city’s cultural institutions are being urged to establish more “protection and support” for grassroots organizations and freelance workers to address long-standing concerns.

A restructuring of the cultural sector is being proposed to address the “power imbalance between cultural gatekeepers and the weaker workforce in the sector”.

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A study funded by the University of Edinburgh found that greater collaboration within the cultural sector would “help challenge existing power systems to create a more level playing field.”

The Old College Quad of the University of Edinburgh hosted the shows during the 2021 Edinburgh International Festival. Photo: Ryan Buchanan

However, researchers Morrone Cunningham and WikiLeaks say it is “important” for those with a cultural background to recognize and accept the existence of “deep issues” in their field in the first place.

The study comes from a summit on the future of culture in Edinburgh, held at the Laith Theater in September, when the city’s festivals returned in small form.

The event called for tougher rules to ensure better treatment of people working at events such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Separate research, led by Franz Future’s initiative, said the festival had a “development mindset” and was under constant pressure to expand, making it difficult to handle.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society believes that this year’s event will see a ‘renaissance’. Photo: Jeff J. Mitchell / Getty Images

Future Culture Edinburgh Research, funded by the university’s “Futures Institute”, said: Steps can be taken towards action and implementation. Fundamental, but growing and sustainable change, at a deeper structural level. “

In a further blog post, the researchers said: “In order to address the current power imbalance within the arts in Edinburgh and beyond, our findings suggest that some fundamental change is needed in this area.

“It is important for those with cultural power to openly acknowledge and accept the existence of fundamental inequalities in this area.

“Because it is only by listening to and respecting the experience of those who are at the end of these inequalities, then a significant step can be taken and fundamental change can be implemented at a deeper structural level. Can. “

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