Tall tales will be celebrated during Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022

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Next year has been designated as Scotland’s Year of Stories as part of the nationwide tourism strategy aimed at promoting and celebrating Scotland as a top tourist destination.

Led by VisitScotland, the Year of Stories 2022 has been selected as the latest themed year which have all played an important role in engaging with communities in Scotland. Through the initiative, events and activities have helped to attract visitors and promote Scotland.

Previous year’s have included Year of Young People, Year of History, Heritage and Archaelogy, Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and last year – continued from the previous year – was the Year of Coasts and Waters.

Themed years used to change annually, however, they will now take place every second year to allow more time for planning and collaboration. The next themed year will be 2024.

The Year of Stories has been selected to highlight, celebrate and promote the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland.

A nationwide programme of more than 60 events will help to celebrate the Year of Stories. These will include community groups, national organisations, musical groups and various festivals among many others.

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: ‘Scotland’s Year of Stories, and this exciting new events programme, offers an incredible platform to showcase the many sides of Scotland’s distinct, vibrant and diverse culture.

‘We are inviting the world to delve into the wonderful experiences our stories create. From icons of literature to local tales, the year encourages visitors and locals to experience a range of voices, take part in events and explore the places, people and cultures connected to all forms of our stories, past and present.

‘And it’s important to shout about Scotland’s new and untold stories. Year of Stories 2022 will shine a light on emerging, fresh and forward-looking talent and highlight the innovators that break boundaries across all forms of storytelling.

‘As our valuable tourism and events industry continues to rebuild following the impacts of the Covid pandemic, this year heralds an exciting new chapter while also providing quality opportunities for artists, creatives and audiences.’

Further information about the Year of Stories is available on the Visit Scotland website where a full list of the events programme can also be found.