Huge number of events planned
Celebrations ready to rain on year of design
VisitScotland today kicked off the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design which will feature inventors, artists and designers representing Scotland’s past, present and future contribution to these fields of endeavour.
From festivals of light, to festivals of architecture, luminous origami birds to Harris Tweed celebrations, digital gaming to Renaissance fashion, a variety of events will take place across the country during 2016. Highlights include:
Ø Clo Mor Festival of Harris Tweed (Outer Hebrides)
Ø In Vogue – a fashion show of the centuries (Stirling Castle)
Ø Luminous Birds – art installations encouraging communities to celebrate their surroundings (Aberdeen, Dumfries & Galloway, Glasgow)
Ø Craft Scotland – Meet Your Maker (Scotland-wide)
Ø Edinburgh International Science Festival – including a Tiny Home Trail (Edinburgh)
Ø World Canals Public Programme (Highlands)
Ø Building Blocks at Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow)
Ø SPECTRA – Festival of Light (Aberdeen)
Ø Keyframes – involving the RSNO (Edinburgh)
Ø Ignite – celebration of creativity in our City of Design (Dundee)
The programme of 28 events announced today with a funding value of £265,350 joins the Festival of Architecture in an exciting line-up that will shine a spotlight on some of Scotland’s greatest assets, icons and hidden gems throughout the year.
Running throughout 2016, with more than 400 events and exhibitions, the Festival of Architecture is co-ordinated by The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). Announced in July, the Festival will receive £300,000 from the Scottish Government and £100,000 from VisitScotland.
Public arts organisation NVA will mark the official launch of the Festival of Architecture in March 2016 by inviting audiences to experience Scotland’s greatest modernist building, St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, with a night-time public art event exactly 50 years since the building was first opened.
The event, which has secured £85,000 from VisitScotland and £50,000 from the Scottish Government, will be a key highlight of the celebrations. It will give audiences a unique opportunity to discover one of Europe’s most important buildings ahead of its reclamation as an international platform for arts and heritage set to open in 2018.
In addition to the funded events programme announced today, there will be a wide range of partnership events celebrating the three themes including Architecture and Design Scotland’s ‘Say Hello to Architecture’ programme, Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, and Doors Open Day.
VisitScotland is also putting innovation at the heart of its wider activity for 2016. In June, young creatives in Scotland were invited to design the official logo used to promote the year across domestic and international marketing campaigns. The organisation is also working with Interface to challenge teams from Higher and Further Education to create an innovative digital resource that will be at the heart of Scotland’s marketing during 2016.
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “The exciting programme for the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design announced today will showcase Scotland’s greatest contemporary assets, innovative icons and hidden architectural gems, inspiring visitors and people from all over Scotland to get involved.
Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, said: “With this new themed year we have the opportunity to put Scotland on the map in a new and exciting way, catching the attention of visitors old and new, positioning Scotland as a mix of traditional and cutting-edge at the same time. “
Photo: Maria Tena won a competition to design the logo