Festival of Politics 2012 Highlights

Edinburgh’s Festival of Politics 2012  presented a wide and varied programme of debates discussions and performances. For the first time the programme this year is split into themed sections – Arts; History; Music; People; Politics; Theatre; and Young People. – that include discussions and debates on human trafficking; children’s rights; democracy and society; humanising the workplace; libraries in the digital age; the power of small nations; and the future of the music industry in Scotland.


In an age when music is commonly available via the internet and CD sales are declining, this event explored what this means for the future of the industry and asked what it means for future generations of musicians.

Iain Banks, James Robertson and Louise Welsh, amongst others, discuss how Scottish writing has reflected our politics and society over the last century.