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Return of the Mac

Earlier this month, VisitScotland paid homage to the iconic Mackintosh coat (invented by Scottish chemist, Charles Macintosh in 1823) while launching the events, activities and inspiration that will make up the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.

From festivals of light, to festivals of architecture, luminous origami birds to Harris Tweed celebrations, digital gaming to Renaissance fashion, a stunning variety of events will take place the length and breadth of the country during 2016.

West Dunbartonshire has secured funding for two events - The Rock of Ages and In Vogue - in 2016.



During its 1,000 years, Dumbarton Castle has witnessed many changes - social, technological and more. The Rock of Ages will allow visitors to relive the last ten centuries, from the Romans to the Vikings and WWI & II, and discover the changes each era brought to Scotland. The event will feature over 100 performers bringing history to life. 


In Vogue will allow visitors to experience the grandeur of Stirling Castle and visit the palace of the Renaissance monarch, James V to find out how he expressed his power and majesty through dazzling displays of interior design, sculpture and imagery.


The Rock of Ages and In Vogue are two of the programme of events across the country announced earlier this month with a funding value of £265,350. 

Further information will be available on the specific events in the coming months.

These events join the Festival of Architecture in an exciting line-up that will profile some of Scotland’s greatest assets, icons and hidden gems throughout the year.

Running throughout 2016, with more than 400 events and exhibitions taking place the length and breadth of Scotland, the Festival of Architecture is co-ordinated by The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). Announced in July, the Festival will receive £300,000 from the Scottish Government and £100,000 from VisitScotland.


Get involved 

Next year will showcase Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design through a wide-ranging variety of new and existing activity to boost tourism in every corner of Scotland. 

Is your business geared up for the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016? Download the toolkit today.



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