A fitting festival finale

Photo credit: V&A Museum of Design, Dundee under construction. VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved

From interactive light shows to architectural exhibitions, Dundee took centre stage on Friday 18 November for the traditional Christmas lights switch-on and official finale of the Festival of Architecture 2016 as part of Light Nights.

A headline event in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, with the support of EventScotland, the Festival of Architecture, led by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, has showcased Scotland’s fantastic buildings, old and new, with a packed programme of events and activities celebrating Scotland’s world-class creativity, design and architecture.

It seems like only yesterday that capacity crowds gathered to mark the official launch of the festival at St Peter’s Seminary for the award-winning, spectacular Hinterland in March.  This immense piece of public art introduced the longer terms plans for the site and celebrated the transitional journey of this architectural icon.

Since the beginning of 2016, the festival has connected Scottish communities and visitors with Scotland’s fascinating architecture with a range of innovative events and exhibitions ranging from a quirky installation of garden sheds transformed by top architects and artists to a giant edible map of Scotland, an exhibition showcasing portraits of some of Scotland’s greatest architects and another offering insights into the architecture of science fiction.

Combining traditional with contemporary, Friday’s finale provided thousands of people with a unique opportunity to experience the illumination of the city’s oldest and newest buildings – The Steeple and the V&A Museum of Design.  Princes Square in Glasgow also took the coveted ‘ScotStyle’ title, with the public voting it Scotland’s favourite building from the last 100 years.

From an augmented reality trip around Scotland to architectural crazy golf, West Ward Works in Guthrie Street has been transformed into a hive of architectural activity for all ages. Kicking off during Light Nights, the Dundee Festival of Architecture, organised by Architecture & Design Scotland and partners, features Prospect North, Scotland’s contribution to the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale  as well as exhibitions including Best of the Best and Adventures in Space (until 27 November).

Paul Bush, Director of Events at VisitScotland said: “Throughout 2016, the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design programme has shone the spotlight on our greatest assets and icons, as well as our hidden gems.

“The Festival of Architecture 2016 has not only captured hearts and minds but formed a pivotal part of Scotland’s Themed Year celebrations highlighting the many ways in which architecture enriches our lives and leaves a legacy for generations to come.”

Click here for more information on Scotland’s Themed Years.

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