2012 is the Year of Creative Scotland

In 2012, Scotland will celebrate its cultural and creative legacy with the Year of Creative Scotland. A celebration of Scotland’s creative assets and contribution to the world will be held throughout the year. The objective is to make 2012 the ideal time to experience events and festivals, discover Scotland’s natural and built landscapes, art, architecture and design, literature, music, and arts and crafts.

Reinforcing the year of cultural celebrations, Scotland’s cities offer festival experiences against beautiful, UNESCO World Heritage backdrops; Edinburgh for literature and Glasgow for music. The celebrations include a variety of museums, galleries, and artisan shopping experiences.

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In 2011, Scotland opened the doors to five cultural attractions – the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, The Royal Palace at Stirling Castle, the Riverside Museum in Glasgow and Edinburgh’s newly transformed National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Launching the Year of Creative Scotland 2012, Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, said, “Scotland is a dynamic and creative nation, rich in heritage with a wealth of world-class cultural events that draw visitors from across the globe, year round. The Year of Creative Scotland is a chance to spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on the world stage.”

The information was released today, Dec. 19, by Visit Scotland, which is Scotland’s national tourism organization. Scotland

Photo courtesy: Visit Scotland

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