Scotland's Themed Years 2010 – 2016

2016 - Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

From pop-up design exhibitions to Renaissance fashion shows, Tiny Homes to the official launch of Scotland’s oldest new building, the year  brought Scotland’s awe inspiring innovation, breath-taking architecture and brave, bold design to life through a range of new and exciting experiences and events.

The Festival of Architecture 2016, led by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and a key part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design also welcomed an audience of over 1.25million across a range of events throughout Scotland including: Scotstyle, Adventures in Space, Cake Fest, Pop-Up Cities Expo, Out of Their Heads, the Ideal Hut Show and NVA’s award-winning Hinterland.
Scotland’s 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design saw 1.4 million attendances across a number of supported events including Luminous Birds, Ignite Dundee, Findhorn Bay Festival, The Rock of Ages, University of Aberdeen May Festival and Craft Scotland’s ‘Meet Your Maker’ programme.

The Festival of Architecture 2016, led by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland was a key part of the year notably launching NVA’s award-winning Hinterland.

Scotland’s 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design saw 1.4 million attendances across a number of supported events.

Read the end of year media release >>

 

2015 - Year of Food and Drink

The Year of Food and Drink 2015 was led by VisitScotland and supported by Scotland Food & Drink and a range of other partners with the aim of inspiring the people of Scotland and our visitors to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding natural larder and further develop the country’s reputation as a land of food and drink.

The year-long programme featured over 200 supported and partner events and festivals.

 

Homecoming Scotland 2014 

Building on the successes of Scotland’s first Year of Homecoming in 2009, Homecoming Scotland 2014 positioned Scotland on the international stage as a dynamic and creative nation.

It extended the benefits and opportunities offered by the Glasgow XX Commonwealth Games and the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles by presenting a year-long, coordinated programme of events designed to generate pride in the people of Scotland and welcome visitors from around the world in a celebration of Scotland’s greatest assets.  

 

2013 – Year of Natural Scotland

2013 was The Year of Natural Scotland, during which a series of events highlighted the country’s breathtaking scenery and natural heritage.

Throughout the year a celebration of our great natural assets helped remind the people of Scotland and visitors to the country of our reputation as a land of outstanding natural beauty. Wigtown Book Festival, The Enchanted Forest and Fife Regatta were just a handful of events that embraced the Year of Natural Scotland.

 

2012 – Year of Creative Scotland

The Year of Creative Scotland’s focus was to turn up the volume on Scotland's exciting cultural assets.

One of the many highlights was the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, which delivered a captivating programme, including featuring Jeremy Deller's 'Sacrilege', which also featured as part of the London 2012 Festival. 

NVA’s Speed of Light was another exciting new initiative that took place within the Year of Creative Scotland.

 

2011 – Year of Active Scotland

This Themed Year was aimed at raising the profile of Scotland as an active holiday destination and country, encouraging more people to take part in sport and physical activity and fostering collaborative relationships with key partners including sportscotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and NHS Scotland.

 

2010 – Year of Food and Drink

EventScotland worked with VisitScotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Scotland Food & Drink and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to increase brand awareness of Scotland as a land of food and drink, showcase Scotland’s local produce and enhance the quality of food and drink on offer at key events.

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