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A Plan for Wales?     

A sustainable, inclusive and equal Wales demands a distinctive and creative culture; one which values diversity, where bilingualism is a growing reality and where there are strong links between community arts and sport and our national cultural institutions.

Wales has a strong identity - with a growing number of people learning and speaking Welsh, an active arts sector and international reputation for our festivals; a strong sporting tradition and the emergence of 'Cwl Cymru'. However this identity is under pressure from a global media and social change.

Through our new Cultural Strategy and the work of the cultural consortium Cymru'n Creu we will promote the distinctive and creative cultural life which will support social and economic development and reach out to an international audience.

New proposals:

Fulfil the economic and social potential of our culture through Wales' first National Culture Strategy
Our commitments:
To promote the cultural life of Wales

Continue to press the UK government to designate St. David's Day as a national bank holiday for Wales
Develop a concerted approach to promoting the arts and cultural heritage of Wales through the work of our new cultural consortium, Cymru'n Creu.
Investigate the establishment of a Welsh Film Fund
To promote excellence, inclusion and diversity in the arts
Continue to support the development of the Wales Millennium Centre
Sustain the Welsh National Opera and BBC National Orchestra as world class companies
Complete the restructuring of the Arts Council for Wales to make it more locally responsive
Ensure all main lottery streams have a distinctive Welsh direction
Improve access to information on arts and events in Wales through a new database and web-site
To promote participation and excellence in sport and recreation
Greatly increase participation in sport at all ages, but particularly helping the young
Encourage greater female participation in sport, through the Sports Council's programmes
Fund a minimum of 120 of our top sporting achievers through Elite Cymru

By 2003/4:
Increase attendance at arts events to 42% of population by 2003/4
Stabilise the proportion of Welsh speakers and sustain the growth amongst young people
Increase the number of remote users of the National Library to 151,000
Ensure all public libraries are online by 2002
Undertake a major redevelopment of the visitors facilities at Big Pit, Blaenavon
Maintain the increase in visitor numbers at museums, through a programme of exhibitions
Increase extra-curricular participation in sport by 7-16 olds to 80%
Increase sports participation by Welsh adults to 60%
Halve the gap between men and women's participation in sport by 2005

To extend access to and awareness of the Welsh language
Reinforce the Assembly's commitment to bi-lingualism with the new Assembly language scheme
Support the promotion of the Welsh language in communities through funding and work of Mentrau Iaith.
Focus the work of the Welsh Language Board in light of the current review of its operation
To increase access to libraries and museums
Support the development of the National Library's new visitors centre
Make the treasures of Welsh museums and libraries accessible in digital form on the internet
Display the National Museum's collections at local museums
Set service standards for public libraries, in particular to assist disadvantaged groups and lifelong learners
Rationalise the advisory structure for museums, archives and libraries

By 2010
More people who can speak Welsh, with the sharpest increase amongst young people
Substantially increase international knowledge and appreciation of Welsh music, film, art, drama, cultural he
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