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Year of Architecture, Innovation and Design 2016

The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, running from 1 January to 31 December, will celebrate the richness of Scotland’s beautiful built heritage, culture and environment, alongside the contemporary and cutting edge designs of today.

From textiles and technology, to architecture, fashion and design, the year-long programme will shine the spotlight on Scotland’s greatest assets and icons, as well as some of our unique hidden gems.

Discover Scotland’s achievements in innovation, design and architecture through a wide variety of events, festivals, exhibitions, business conferences and visitor attractions, throughout the whole country.

2016 will also see The Festival of Architecture take place, with the official launch at the much anticipated March 2016 event Hinterland, in the ruins of St. Peter's Seminary, Cardross. As dusk falls to darkness amongst semi-ancient woodland on the Firth of Clyde, Hinterland invites audiences to experience one of Scotland’s most iconic 20th century buildings transformed using sound and light to symbolise its rise out of monumental ruination into a new creative life.

Other events include the opening of the much anticipated Queensferry Crossing – set to be the world’s longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge - and The National Museum of Scotland will also open new galleries in 2016 showcasing Scotland’s internationally important collections of decorative art, design, fashion, science and technology.

So whether you want to discover the innovative structural design behind Andy Scott’s magnificent horse-head sculptures – the Kelpies, enjoy the splendour of a bygone era through the iconic designs of one of Scotland's best known architects Charles Rennie Mackintosh, or simply be inspired by our creativity, from the past present and future, there will be something for everyone throughout 2016.

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