Year of Creative Scotland 2012

Scotland’s incredible influence on the world has encouraged invention, inspired creativity and fired imaginations for generations. Throughout 2012, the country's arts, culture and creative contributions to the world were celebrated during the Year of Creative Scotland.

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Highlight events

The Year of Creative Scotland included many inspirational highlight events.

Man watching fireworks bursting high over a floodlit castle

Year of Creative spotlight

Be inspired by the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 spotlight and the country’s diverse cultural and winter festivals.

A scene from Scottish Ballet's production of the Nutcracker © Graeme Wylie

Music, theatre and dance

Enjoy fantastic music, theatre and dance performances across Scotland.

S.J. Peploe, The Coffee Pot (detail), c.1905, Private collection, courtesy Susannah Pollen Ltd

Art, architecture and design

Get ideas on where to see the very best in Scottish art, architecture and design.

The crowd at the main stage at T in the Park, Balado

Year of Creative events & festivals

Discover Year of Creative events across Scotland

Merida from the Disney•Pixar movie Brave

Literature and film

Celebrate the written word and Scotland's place on the silver screen.

Curator knitting at the Shetland Textile Museum at Weisdale Mill, Lerwick

Craft, textiles and fashion

Scotland has a stunning range of authentic crafts and fabrics.

The world's first and only rotating boat lift, the Falkirk Wheel

Science, innovation and technology

Be inspired by Scotland's science, innovation and technology.

The sign for West Kilbride, Scotland's Craft Town

Creative Place Awards

Celebrate Scotland’s Creative Place award-winners, including the country’s Book Town and Craft Town.

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Glencoe Sunrise © John Irvine
Photo competition ››

See the winners of the Year of Creative Photography Competition