Throughout the year the nation will celebrate the best of its breath-taking built heritage, bold design and awe-inspiring innovation with a range of events across the country.
From textiles to tech, architecture to fashion and design, the year-long programme will shine a light on Scotland’s architectural masterpieces, unique crafts and textiles, and its cutting edge design creations.
Tourism minister Fergus Ewing said: “The 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design offers tourism businesses across Scotland a fantastic opportunity to showcase, celebrate and engage visitors with this wide-ranging and fascinating theme.
“The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design has begun. Visitors already travel to Scotland to experience world-class architecture and top-class design and the year will build on this heritage with an enticing programme of events that shows Scotland’s creative, modern and inventive approach continues to inspire and influence audiences across the globe.
“Building on the success of Homecoming 2014 and the previous themed years, I encourage the industry to embrace this latest opportunity to show the best of what Scotland has to offer and to invite all of our visitors – from day-trippers to those coming from further afield – to enjoy the diverse range of events on offer throughout the year.”
The year will be celebrated with a programme of 28 events funded by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.
They include the Clo Mor Festival of Harris Tweed, Luminous Birds, Craft Scotland’s ‘Meet Your Maker’, SPECTRA and the Festival of Architecture.
Over 400 events and exhibitions will take place throughout the length and breadth of Scotland, coordinated by The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).
Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, added: “With this new themed year we have the opportunity to put Scotland on the map in a new and exciting way, catching the attention of visitors old and new, positioning Scotland as a mix of traditional and cutting-edge at the same time.
“Scotland is a nation of pioneers, home to ground-breaking scientists, philosophers, engineers and architects for hundreds of years.
"From the Forth Rail Bridge to Dolly the Sheep, the telephone to the television, Charles Rennie Mackintosh to Andy Scott, and Harris Tweed to the iconic Mackintosh raincoat, Scotland’s innovative past, present and future continue to inspire and influence audiences across the globe, shaping the modern world we live in today.
“The events planned for the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 are diverse, interesting and inspiring and we look forward to what we hope will be a ground-breaking year for tourism.”