2012 is the Year of Creative Scotland and so we fittingly began the year with our Albion Dinner programme kicking off with Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive at Creative Scotland.
The Year of Creative Scotland 2012 is a chance to showcase, celebrate and promote Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity we celebrated our world class events, festivals and cultural strengths. Andrew Dixon talked about the journey of Creative Scotland and the rallying call that has driven its transformation from Scottish Screen and Scottish Arts Council to the new outward facing investment agency. He asked how can Scotland become one of the most creative nations in the world, and how can we improve the packaging of Scotland's culture strengths?
Andrew also discussed ‘Scotland the Festival Nation’ and contemplated what brought Brad Pitt, Halle Berry and Scarlet Johansson to Glasgow last autumn along with how the Year of Creative Scotland advert got a screening on the BBC News at Ten on the day the campaign was launched? This was the first dinner in a series and took place at No.12 Picardy Place, the most innovative and urbane venue in Edinburgh. First opened in February 2011, Mark Greenaway’s signature restaurant at No.12 Picardy Place continues to attract public admiration as one of the most exquisite dining experiences in Scotland.
Packed full of enthusiasm for modern Scottish dining, the seasonal menu highlights the quality of each individual dish, served in a casual, fine dining atmosphere. The fine-dining restaurant recently received the coveted three AA Rosettes, making Mark Greenaway at No.12 Picardy Place the only restaurant in Scotland to have been awarded the accolade.