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Scots 'culture drive' plan for 2012 and 2014 Games

Commonwealth Games handover
Image caption Scottish culture was showcased at the handover ceremony in Delhi in 2010

A £6.5m programme to promote Scotland on the world stage before the Commonwealth Games has been announced.

The three-year plan aims to increase international and domestic tourism and showcase the creative industries.

The programme's start next year coincides with London's Olympic year. It will continue into 2014 when Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games.

The Lottery-funded plan will be delivered by arts development agency, Creative Scotland.

It will include a series of "creative places awards", celebrating communities with a track record of organising rich cultural events.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "Scotland is known across the globe for its rich culture and heritage and is increasingly recognised for its contemporary and creative cutting edge.

'Creative strengths'

"In 2012 and 2014 the eyes of the world will be on the UK. These present wonderful opportunities, both large and small, to highlight Scotland's cultural and creative strengths on the international stage and across our communities.

"Through Creative Scotland's £6.5m investment and the rich creative activity across our vibrant cultural sector, 2012 will act as a nationwide showcase for our cultural assets and outstanding new work.

"It is the start of an exciting three-year cultural programme that will embrace London 2012 and celebrate Glasgow 2014."

Creative Scotland chief executive Andrew Dixon added: "The £6.5m programme will present opportunities for the whole nation to get involved and it will also develop new partnerships between the cultural sector and the tourism and heritage sectors.

"Creative Scotland aims to reach every community across Scotland through the three-year programme."

Organisers also hope the programme will encourage collaborative work between creative industries and the tourism sector.

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