Friday, 10 July 2021 09:16

£400,000 funding for Festival of Architecture.

A new £400,000 funding package has been announced for the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Festival of Architecture, which it is hoped will boost tourism through celebrating the country’s built environment.

The Festival will take place from March to October 2016, and form a key part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. Over the eight months, hundreds of events across Scotland will take place, including exhibitions, performances, talks, tours, educational initiatives and conferences.

Visitors to Scotland contribute an average of £187million to the economy every year by viewing the country’s architecture and buildings.

Scotland’s Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, has announced that the Festival will receive £300,000 from the Scottish Government and £100,000 from EventScotland.

She said: “Architecture is a pivotal part of Scotland’s culture. This funding from the Scottish Government and VisitScotland will allow the Festival of Architecture to connect Scottish communities and visitors with our architecture through events & exhibitions, Scotland-wide.

“The 2016 Festival of Architecture will form a key part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design celebrations which will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s greatest assets, icons and hidden gems through a wide-ranging, variety of new and existing activity to boost tourism in every corner of Scotland.”

Mike Cantlay OBE, Chairman of VisitScotland, added: “One of the big aims of the festival is to make architecture more accessible to both young and old, encouraging everyone from adventure-seeking families to seasoned design experts to engage with this artful science and discover exciting and innovative developments, buildings and structures across the country. Scotland is a nation of pioneers and it’s high time we shouted about it.”

David Dunbar PPRIAS, Chair of the Festival of Architecture 2016, said: “The Royal Incorporation and our 62 other partner organisations are delighted that the Cabinet Secretary values Scottish Architecture so highly and that the Festival will be a key part of the themed Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

“This Festival is a national celebration, notably of great architecture, but also of how the work of architects improves people’s lives. It has the potential to transform Scotland’s relationship with its built environment, engaging local communities, young and old alike, with the artform which has been called “the mother of the arts”. By improving people’s appreciation and understanding of architecture we all have the potential to improve Scotland.”

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