Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

Did you know that 2016 is the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design?

Scotland has been home to ground-breaking scientists, philosophers, engineers and architects for hundreds of years and our creative and scientific minds continue to shape the modern world that we live in today. This year we are shining the ‘themed year’ spotlight on our achievements in the fields of renewables, fashion, textiles, creative industries, science and technology and more.

Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing says: “In 2016 we are carrying forward the momentum from last year’s celebration of food and drink and will demonstrate our credentials as an innovation nation. From the Forth Rail Bridge to Dolly the Sheep we’ll show that Scotland’s creative, modern and inventive past, present and future can continue to inspire and influence audiences across the globe. I invite you all to enjoy the fantastic and diverse range of events on offer throughout the year.”

You could indulge your love of Sci-Fi at the ‘Adventures in Space’ event at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, marvel at the international acclaim for Harris Tweed at a festival on the Western Isles or take your kids to the National Museum of Scotland to design their own Lego buildings at the ‘Build It – Adventures with Lego’ exhibition.

These are just a handful of the events forming part of a year-long programme that will use our stunning architecture, thriving creative industries and spirit of invention to show visitors that Scotland stands shoulder to shoulder with the very best in the world when it comes to cutting edge, contemporary design and technological knowhow.

A festival for everyone, everywhere

Events will be spread across the country and include existing or established activities such as Edinburgh International Science Festival (March 26 – April 10), Findhorn Bay Festival (September 21-26) and Dare Protoplay, Scotland’s biggest video games festival in Dundee (4-7 August) – all enhanced for 2016 with a greater focus on creativity and innovation.

There are also new events designed to inspire and engage diverse audiences. This includesSPECTRA 2016, which will see Aberdeen hosting its third international light festival involving artists from throughout Europe showcasing their interpretations of light and colour (February 11-14), a celebration of the innovative design and architecture Glasgow Aesthetic Movement at Holmwood House, Glasgow (June 1 – August 31), the Festival of Light and Millport Illuminations in North Ayrshire (September 24-25) and Styling the Nation at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh (November 12-13).

A celebration of architecture

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year will be the Festival of Architecture, organised by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) to celebrate their centenary. With 400+ events taking place all over Scotland throughout 2016, there will be something to appeal to everyone – from every architecture buff to self-confessed philistine. Highlights include:

  • Scotstyle – celebrating the top 100 buildings from 1916-2015, as chosen by the public (venues across Scotland, March – October)
  • Adventures in Space – looking at the architecture of science fiction (The Lighthouse, Glasgow, July – September)
  • The Ideal Hut Show – 20 standard model garden sheds transformed and customised by leading architects, designers and celebrities (Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, June – September)
  • Pop-up World Cities Expo – pavilions designed by cities from across the globe (Mound Square, Edinburgh, June 5 – July 16)
  • Hinterland St Peter’s/Kilmahew – public art event organised by NVA offering the opportunity to explore an architectural masterpiece re-animated at night (Helensburgh, March 18-27)

The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design is a SG initiative led by VisitScotland, supported by stakeholders including: Architecture + Design Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Tourism Alliance and Young Scot.

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There’s culture and sport too

In addition, a range of cultural and sporting events are taking place throughout Scotland during 2016. Details are available from VisitScotland and over the first quarter of the year include:-

Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

From textiles and technology, to architecture, fashion, and more, the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, running from 1 January to 31 December shines the spotlight on Scotland’s greatest assets, icons, and hidden gems.

Discover the richness of the country’s beautiful built heritage, culture and environment, alongside contemporary and cutting edge designs of today, through a packed programme of events. #IAD2016

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