Scotland-wide celebrations for the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 have been mapped out by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs.
On a visit to Glasgow Print Studio, Fiona Hyslop unveiled a map representing our creative nation by artist Murray Robertson as she confirmed more details of the 2012 programme.
The Year of Creative Scotland 2012 will begin with a bang this Hogmanay, with a spectacular fireworks display in Scotland’s capital, and will continue until 31 December 2012. Through an exciting programme celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s creativity in the global spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing our creative sector and events industry.
Creative Scotland will invest £6.5 million of National Lottery funds in the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 programme, and the first of their funded projects have been announced today by Ms Hyslop.
They include the shortlist for the Creative Place Awards, which aim to celebrate the creativity of smaller communities across Scotland and support them to develop a year-round programme. There are three award categories with a shortlist of three nominees in each. For places with under 2,500 residents, the nominees are Creetown, Kilmartin Glen, and Wigtown; for places with under 10,000 residents, the nominees are Huntly, Prestonpans and West Kilbride; and for places with under 100,000 residents, the nominees are Irvine, Perth and St Andrews. The category winners will be announced at a ceremony in January.
VisitScotland is supporting The Year of Creative Scotland through extensive promotional activity. More information and resources to help businesses and organisations engage with the Year of Creative Scotland are available at www.visitscotland.org/yearofcreativescotland-toolkit
You can also add your event to VisitScotland's What's On calendar to be part of the partner programme. Find out more and upload your event here.