A spotlight on: Scotland the Perfect Stage

50 Scotland’s Coasts and Waters have shaped our history and continue to play a vital part in modern day life from fishing and textiles to whisky and wave power. They have influenced our culture, our stories and our way of life. Scotland boasts a hugely varied coastline and a rich offering of inland waters in both rural and urban settings. Our Coasts and Waters are important elements of our landscape and are greatly valued by communities and visitors alike. A year-long programme of events, activities and ideas will shine a spotlight on the impact our waters have had on Scotland, from the formation of beautiful natural features – including coasts, lochs and rivers to developments in our industrial heritage such as our canals, mills and the creation of our national drink – whisky. So what are you waiting for – jump right in and join the conversation using #YCW2020 . Funding deadlines • Round 1 – deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Monday 14 January 2019. • Round 2 – deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Friday 7 June 2019. Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 will sustain and build upon the momentum of preceding Themed Years, to celebrate and promote opportunities to experience and enjoy Scotland’s unrivalled Coasts and Waters, encouraging responsible engagement and participation from the people of Scotland and our visitors. The continuation of the Themed Years programme, following the Year of Young People 2018, was enthusiastically endorsed as part of a wide ranging consultation during 2016 involving a range of industry representatives. One of the key outcomes of the consultation was a desire to further maximise the opportunity presented by Themed Years both in terms of engagement and impacts. This feedback informed a shift to a new delivery model which now sees Themed Years delivered every other year, but across a three-year period focusing on preparation and industry engagement (Year 1), pre-promotion (Year 2) and delivery (Year 3). The introduction of an extended strategic planning period will help facilitate improved impetus and engagement in order to create a strong collaborative platform to promote Scotland, as well as increased opportunities for participation. Come on in… the water’s lovely Isle of May © VisitScotland Kenny Lam

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