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Year of Creative Scotland debate

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop told the chamber the Year of Creative Scotland would help "spotlight, celebrate and promote Scotland's cultural and creative strengths" on 1 February 2012.

Ms Hyslop launched the Year of Creative Scotland 2012 ahead of Hogmanay 2011.

She explained how an additional £1.1m released from UK capital consequentials was being allocated to her department and the National Library of Scotland, Kelvin hall project, the National Gallery of Scotland, national performing companies and the National Museums for Scotland would all be allocated funding from this.

The culture secretary earlier highlighted the Creative Place Awards which included "craftspeople in West Kilbride, poets and writers in Wigtown, budding young musicians in Creetown and artists in Huntly."

She said: "Events and community projects like these, coupled with our already vibrant cultural calendar, will offer something for everyone to enjoy, all year round, and complement the cultural activity taking place around the Olympic and Paralympic Games."

Ahead of the debate, Ms Hyslop had unveiled Scotland The World Over ,a film created using 715 images with a Saltire in the centre of the frame.

The culture secretary told MSPs this kind of marketing alongside Creative Scotland's television advert "Surprise Yourself!" extended "a warm Scottish welcome to the world."

Ms Hyslop concluded by quoting from Einstein who said "creativity is contagious, pass it on" and she said she was confident this year's celebrations would reach beyond 2012.

In response, Scottish Labour MSP Patricia Ferguson welcomed the funding announcements.

She said Scotland was not a "homogeneous destination nor place to live but that is part of the attraction for visitors and those who live here" and many of the events celebrated the difference.

Ms Ferguson emphasised the importance of involving the local community in the planned festivals and events and warned "to be successsful (the Year of Creative Scotland) must achieve this aim."

Scottish Conservative MSP Annabel Goldie agreed "localism matters".


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