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Festival of Politics 2020 – looking forward to 2030

View of Scottish Parliament with caption: Watch online, attend for free, join the debate

Scotland’s Futures Forum is delighted to partner with the Scottish Parliament on its first virtual Festival of Politics, which takes place from Thursday 19 November to Saturday 21 November 2020.

With events moving online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire Festival is free to attend.

As the Futures Forum brings to a conclusion its Scotland 2030 Programme, the Festival programme puts the spotlight on the key issues facing society over the next 10 years.

The challenges presented by COVID-19 and our recovery from the pandemic are a core theme throughout.  The Festival also takes an opportunity to take a broad view on our future, with topics covered including climate change, the American Presidential election and Brexit.

The Festival opens with an event on Scotland in 2030, focusing on the type of country Scotland is likely to be in 10 years’ time. Other topics that link directly to our work include panels on the future of work, sustainable cities and digital democracy.

Full information is available on the Festival of Politics website:
You can also follow @visitscotparl and #FoP2020 on Twitter.

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP speaking at a Futures Forum event in 2019
Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP speaking at a Futures Forum event in 2019 Pic – Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Speaking as the Festival programme was launched, the Presiding Officer and chair of the Futures Forum the Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, said: 

“We are delighted to launch this year’s Festival of Politics which for the first time will be held online and will be free to watch. 

“The Parliament has always prided itself on being open and accessible to all and moving the festival online provides us with another method by which we can engage with people of all ages and backgrounds from across Scotland and beyond.

“The challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic have affected every aspect of our lives and it has never been more important for panellists and audience members to come together to discuss and share ideas on the best way forward for society.

“But we are not just focused on the pandemic.  With sessions devoted to climate change, race, Brexit and the American elections, we will be taking on all the major issues of our time.

“I’d encourage everyone to get online from November 19th, watch for free and join the debate for Festival of Politics 2020.”

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