Culture Secretary to take part in online discussion

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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop is to take to Twitter on Tuesday, September 24 for a live discussion on architecture and to seek tweeted views on how the Scottish Government should mark Scotland’s focus year in 2016.

It follows First Minister Alex Salmond’s announcement last Tuesday of Scotland’s new set of focus years- part of the legacy launched after the Year of Homecoming 2009, which spanned food and drink, active, creative, natural and ancestral themes.

2016 has been designated as a year in which Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design will be celebrated with a 12 month programme of events aimed at supporting and driving the nation’s tourism and events.

Ms Hyslop said:

“2016 presents a fantastic opportunity for Scotland to showcase to the world the incredible resource and skills that we have in our architects and designers.

“The year will also mark the 100th birthday of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the focus year theme is timed to coincide with a year-long RIAS Festival of Architecture.

“I am keen that we engage with the public and the profession to make sure we fully capitalise on this focus year. I want to reach out, not only to the architecture and design community but also to those who work in heritage and the digital sector – in fact, anyone who wants to share a view on how the visitor experience in 2016 can be enhanced and show off Scotland at its best.”

RIAS President, Iain Connelly, said:

“This is a great opportunity for our members throughout Scotland to put forward their views and make a valuable contribution to how Scotland should be promoted. The designated focus year and public engagement like this Twitter chat further emphasise the Scottish Government’s commitment to architecture as both a key driver of Scotland’s economy and as an art form in which Scotland has excelled throughout history, right up to the present day.”