A ministerial shake-up in the Scottish Government has handed the culture portfolio to new Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture Angus Robertson.
As well as culture, his work will cover constitutional policy and coordinating European and wider external relations, including post-Brexit relations.
Formerly SNP Leader in the House of Commons, the pro-independence MSP lost his Westminster seat in 2017 but successfully contested Scotland’s Edinburgh Central constituency in the Scottish Parliament election earlier this month.
An interview with Huffpost revealed him to be a “huge heavy metal fan” who “likes nothing better than to bang out a few tunes on his electric guitar.”
Robertson replaces Fiona Hyslop, a longstanding voice in Scotland's cultural sector. Her knowledge of the culture brief dates back to 2009 when she became Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, making her the UK’s most experienced politician to work with the arts and cultural sector.