The Year of Creative Scotland is set to begin in just a few short weeks.
Tourism, creative industries and events sectors will be working together to showcase Scotland’s best.
Creative Scotland will invest £6.5m of lottery cash in the initiative.
A special map representing Scotland as a creative nation has been designed by artist Murray Robertson and was unveiled to coincide with the launch of the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 programme details.
The year will begin with the Hogmanay fireworks display in Edinburgh and will continue until December 31, 2012.
Highlights of the programme include:
- A celebration of contemporary Scottish printmaking held at Traquair House in the Scottish Borders between July and September 2012.
- Spectacular building-sized dynamic projections on the streets of Edinburgh in 2012, organised by The City of Literature Trust, through their enLIGHTen project.
- A bespoke train service to the annual Rock Ness festival from Kings Cross station in London, known as the RockNess Express, featuring on-board music and the best of Scottish food and drink.
- Scotland’s largest traditional music festival, Celtic Connections, will head to Chicago in September 2012, as the Ryder Cup takes place at the nearby Medinah Country Club. The trip will be an opportunity to showcase the best of Scottish music and attract international visitors to Celtic Connections 2013.
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Scotland is a dynamic and creative nation, rich in heritage with a wealth of world-class cultural events. The Year of Creative Scotland 2012 will be a spectacular celebration of our nation’s culture and creativity on both the international stage and across our communities.
“It will continue to build on the success of Homecoming 2009 as we journey towards a second year of Homecoming in 2014 – when Scotland hosts the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.”
The Year of Creative Scotland will build on the success of existing events, including the Edinburgh Festivals, and major UK events such as the London Olympics.
Andrew Dixon, chief executive of Creative Scotland, said: “The Year of Creative Scotland 2012 is a unique opportunity to celebrate the huge strength of Scotland as a creative nation. Scotland’s talent reaches into every home and in the next year will play out on an international stage.”