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The Edinburgh FestivalsCulture and Society in Post-war Britain$
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Angela Bartie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748670307

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748670307.001.0001

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Cultural Explosion: The Arts and Moral Conflict in Edinburgh in the High Sixties, 1964–1967

Cultural Explosion: The Arts and Moral Conflict in Edinburgh in the High Sixties, 1964–1967

(p.151) 6 Cultural Explosion: The Arts and Moral Conflict in Edinburgh in the High Sixties, 1964–1967
The Edinburgh Festivals

Angela Bartie

Edinburgh University Press

The ‘high sixties’ were a time of rapid social and cultural shifts in British society. This chapter explores the shifting terrain of cultural provision, and the wider shifts that occurred in British society – the Government recognition of the value of the arts and its emphasis on experimentation, the rising profile of the counter-culture and its ideas about personal freedom, permissive legislation, changing attitudes to theatrical censorship, and the efforts of churches to stay ‘with it’ – are all reflected in Edinburgh. The nuances of these shifts can be teased out by looking at specific case studies, which very effectively highlight the step change in public attitudes to the arts, culture and morality that occurred during the high sixties. That an important function of the arts was to challenge ideas, attitudes and values had become widely acknowledged and this was reflected in the willingness of the state, local authorities, churches and organisations like the Edinburgh Festival Society to support and encourage experimental theatre. In many ways, then, this chapter offers a point of reflection and of comparison with the place of culture, the arts and morality in the immediate post-war years.

Keywords:   experimental theatre, arts, morality, theatre, culture, counter-culture, sixties, permissive, censorship

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