Whether there is an appetite for a publicly funded design festival in Scotland relies entirely upon its content.
If this seems non-committal, my reticence is due to the fact that the creative industries are often highly aware of their role but are, ironically, unable to communicate this to the public.
Even with the Scottish Executive’s embrace of the creative industries, it will remain to be seen whether the public supports these initiatives or remains unaware of them.
For this kind of initiative to be a success it needs to educate and inform in widely used public spaces, where those who fund it can learn the importance of creativity in all its forms. This mantle rests entirely on those who organise these initiatives – of which Long Lunch is one.
Rufus Spiller, Co-founder, Long Lunch and Director, Good Creative, Glasgow G2 6PH