Tue 14 Dec 21
VisitScotland is introucing their new Themed Year for 2022, Scotland's Year of Stories. A nationwide programme of more than 60 events, presented by a range of partners from national organisations to community groups, has been unveiled today (14 December 2021). Scotland's Year of Stories 2022 embodies the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland. As the year progresses, they'll continue to add events throughout 2022.
Book festivals, musical journeys, favourite cartoon characters and fresh takes on our culture and heritage, will form part of a dazzling programme of events to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.
The programme was launched along with a new promotional video featuring the voice of Game of Thrones star James Cosmo. The Clydebank-born actor, known for his role in the fantasy epic as well as numerous Scottish film and TV shows, lends his distinctive timbre to inspire visitors and locals to explore Scotland and celebrate the Year of Stories.
Read on to find out more about what the Year of Stories has in store:
The events programme will bring Scotland’s places and spaces to life, sharing stories old and new covering everything from local tales to oral traditions, iconic books, to tales told on the big screen. They will be told by diverse voices and discovered in many different places, showcasing the many sides of Scotland’s distinct culture.
Across the country, from national to community organisations and businesses, people are preparing to tell their tales of Scotland, shining a spotlight on iconic stories and storytellers, tales of our people, places and legends and stories inspired by nature.
For 2022, the Themed Year will include a brand new events programme strand. The Community Stories Fund has been designed to support organisations and community groups to take part in and celebrate the year, spotlighting the unique stories that matter to them. The fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland, with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players.
In addition to the directly funded programme of events, VisitScotland will work with the widest range of partners to showcase and promote the full gamut of events and activities that celebrate Scotland’s many and diverse Stories across 2022.
From the wider programme of Burns events in January, including National Trust for Scotland’s Burns Big Night In on 22 January, to the 75th Anniversary of our World Festival City to wonderful stories from our National Theatre of Scotland, including Enough of Him, a remarkable story based on the life of one man who changed the course of history, and the ambitious programme coming to Scotland as part of UNBOXED, a UK wide celebration of creativity and innovation. Scotland's Year of Stories 2022 will be a year in which stories are shared and created on a huge scale.
2022 is the year we celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories. Storytelling and celebrating our unique oral history tradition has never been more important as we continue to respond to the impacts of the pandemic.
We must ensure our Scotland’s stories are preserved and celebrated. 2022 will have something for everyone from some of the biggest cultural events of the year taking place at the Edinburgh festivals, to small community festivals in our towns and villages.
I’m looking forward to celebrating the very best in Scottish storytelling talent throughout 2022 - which will be absolutely vital to our continued culture recovery.
Jenny Gilruth, Culture Minister
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-19 pandemic, this year heralds an exciting new chapter while also providing quality opportunities for artists, creatives and audiences.
Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland
It is an honour to be involved with Scotland’s Year of Stories.
I know first-hand the impact our nation’s stories have on the world and to have a full year dedicated to sharing them from all corners of Scotland, is incredible.
I am really excited to see the year unfold and all these events take place. It’s so important that we share how Scotland’s stories, in all their forms, make our country so special.
James Cosmo, Actor
Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 will begin on 1 January 2022 and run until 31 December 2022. Many more partner events celebrating the theme will be joining the programme over the forthcoming months, and you can find further details of the supported event programme below.
Join the conversation online using #YS2022 and #TalesOfScotland and for more information and inspiration see visitscotland.com/year-of-stories
The Year of Stories 2022 provides businesses and organisations with many opportunities to engage and inspire locals and visitors to discover, celebrate and share their own stories of Scotland.
Take a look at our Year of Stories 2022 marketing toolkit to find out more about what's in store and how you can maximise the opportunity. We've included our top tips for engaging with the Themed Year, logo download, research and insights, and free imagery to download.
Hear from their Themed Years team in our industry webinar recording, where you can find out more about the key strands of this year's activity, how to make the most of Scotland's film and literary connections and an overview of the new Year of Stories 2022 Insights Paper.