Year of Stories shone a spotlight on the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland. From icons of literature to local tales, the year encouraged locals and visitors to experience a diversity of voices, take part in events and explore the places, people and cultures connected to all forms of our stories, past and present.
In 2020 and 2021, the Year of Coasts and Waters spotlighted, celebrated and promoted opportunities to experience and enjoy Scotland’s unrivalled coasts and waters, encouraging responsible engagement and participation.
2018 was designated the Year of Young People (YoYP2018), a year that aimed to inspire Scotland through its young people by celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and on the international stage. Find out more about the Year of Young People 2018, including the report into its national events programme that was fully co-designed by young people.
2017 celebrated Scotland’s people, traditions, distinct culture, landscapes, attractions and icons, as well as its hidden gems. Throughout the year there was a wealth of opportunities to explore Scotland’s past through a range of cultural and creative events and activities.
2016 showcased awe-inspiring innovation, breathtaking architecture and brave, bold designs through new and exciting experiences and events ranging from pop-up design exhibitions to a Tiny Homes village, Renaissance fashion shows to architecture and design festivals.
Highlights video - A look back at Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016
Highlights video - Finger on Scotland's Creative Pulse
2015 spotlighted, celebrated and promoted Scotland’s natural larder and quality produce to both locals and visitors. The year aimed to increase and promote Scottish produce across the tourism sector and enhance Scotland’s global reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.
2014 was the Year of Homecoming, an unforgettable year in which Scotland welcomed the world to take part in a unique celebration of all that the country has to offer. With more than 1,000 fantastic events across the country, 2014 showcased the very best of Scottish arts, culture, food & drink, nature, activities, history, ancestry and much more.
New delivery model
Following an industry consultation, the Themed Years are planned to take place every second year to enable more time for planning and collaboration. Given the impact of COVID-19 an exception was made in 2021 with the 2020 year rolling forward. In 2022, we celebrated Scotland’s Year of Stories. Details of the next Themed Year will be confirmed in due course. To enquire about future Themed Years funding and opportunities, please email [email protected].