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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 Crisis? Protest and Reaction, 1968–1970

Cultural Crisis? Protest and Reaction, 1968–1970

(p.191) 7 Cultural Crisis? Protest and Reaction, 1968–1970
The Edinburgh Festivals

Angela Bartie

Edinburgh University Press

By 1967, culture had become more widely defined and a more diverse range of arts and artists given state subsidy (and approval). Yet, as this chapter shows, contest over culture remained significant. It covers the growth of fringe theatre and arts labs, the passing of the Theatres Act in 1968, which abolished theatrical censorship, the events of 1968, and the politicization of the arts. It will also consider the growing movement towards culture as a means of ‘social action’, evidenced in the Craigmillar Festival of Drama, Music and the Arts, and will look at both the ‘backlash’ against permissiveness and the response of the churches to the new artistic and social climate of the 1970s. Finally, it introduces the growing sense of Scottish national identity from the late 1960s, how this was reflected in Edinburgh, and outlines changes in the Festival and Fringe as the 1970s began.

Keywords:   permissiveness, theatre, censorship, Craigmillar Festival, social action, fringe theatre, arts labs, counter-culture, Scottish national identity, 1960s, 1970s

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