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Article published 10/09/2019

Co-designing a national events programme

In 2018, Scotland celebrated the Year of Young People, with 12 months packed full of events, activities and ideas which gave young people the opportunity to shine, showcase their talents and contributions, and create new ways to stand out.

The Year 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.

It provided more ways for both visitors and locals to explore all that Scotland has to offer whilst making memories that will last a lifetime. Through our Events Directorate, we developed a year-long celebratory events programme with the Scotland’s events and festivals sector which had co-design at its heart.

Take a look at our end of year highlights video.

The Year provided a nationwide opportunity to celebrate the amazing talents and achievements of young people in Scotland through the creation of a high-impact events programme that put young people at the centre of its development and delivery, creating new and valuable experiences for young Scots, their families and visitors alike.

Working in collaboration with the events sector, our Events Directorate developed a year-long, public-facing celebratory events programme, designed to support both new, cultural and sporting events and festivals, and also enhancements to existing events.

As ‘co-design’ was central to the design and development of all activity, the 2018 events programme represented a genuine global first – the first national events programme ever fully co-designed by young people.

We’ve produced a set of resources for those engaging young people in event design and delivery.

YOYP2018 Event Co-design Case Studies:

V&A Dundee’s 3D Festival
National Theatre of Scotland – Futureproof
Tiree Music Festival
Dreams for the Future at Moat Brae


For the full results, take a look at the report: Co-Designing a national events programme

Amazingly, this is the first time that any country has ever dedicated an entire year to young people. Not only were they the focus, they also played a fundamental part in every single step of the process, from the planning right through to the execution – they even helped design the logo. Here’s the highlights…

Future Themed Years

The Year of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters will be celebrated in 2020 while the focus in 2022 will be the Year of Scotland’s Stories, both led by VisitScotland.

With a new delivery model and the introduction of an extended strategic planning period, planning for 2020 began during 2018. It's not too late to see how you could be involved.