Pledge 31

Maintain our city's reputation as the cultural capital of the world by continuing to support and invest in our cultural infrastructure

This is where we are now

The Edinburgh Cultural Venues study in partnership with Scottish Enterprise set up a programme to invest in selected city venues. 73 venues were assessed to see what upgrades needed to be done.

Completed projects

  1. Usher Hall
  2. Church Hill Theatre
  3. National Museum
  4. New stands for the Tattoo
  5. Museum of Edinburgh
  6. Improvement to the City Art Centre

Improvements are also planned for the Museum of Childhood.


The Assembly Rooms have won several industry awards, these include

  • Edinburgh Architectural Association Award 2013
  • Commercial category Royal Incorporation of Chartered Surveyors Scotland Awards 2013
  • Commendation in the 'Best Re-use of a Listed Building' category Scottish Design Awards 2013


It has been estimated that £25m would be needed to address the basic requirements of existing venues across the city. £100m would bring the venues up to a competitive international standard and £200m would place Edinburgh at the top of venue provision in the world.

Investment would

  • improve the quality of existing venues
  • increase the volume of high quality product coming to the city
  • meet identified gaps and market need.

This is where we want to get to

Through building strong partnerships and delivering against our current project plan, we will continue to improve the city's cultural infrastructure.

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