This short chapter will summarise the key arguments made in the body of the book, making some broad conclusions about the changing terrain of ‘culture’, shifts in cultural policy, the changing role of religion and discourses of morality, and the interaction between the arts and society in post-war Britain. It also reflects on the impact and influence of the festivals on the development of modern Scotland. Finally, it outlines how the Edinburgh Festivals took shape during their first twenty-five years, showing how they developed from an ambitious post-war event (that some commentators did not expect would last) to the world stage for new artistic talent by the early 1970s.
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