Stirling to host range of events to celebrate 20 years as a city

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Stirling will mark 20 years of city status with a range of events to celebrate the city’s rich history and heritage.

Stirling, which was awarded city status in 2002 as part of the Queen’s Jubilee, will host several events including (but not limited to):

  • Stirling will host the Scottish Album of the Year Awards in October for the first time ever. The awards will take place in the Albert Halls
  • A range of events including music concerts and art workshops at the Toolboth venue
  • Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival will return in September to mark its 10 year anniversary
Image Credit: Stirling Council

Local MSP Evelyn Tweed has tweeted:

Commenting on the upcoming anniversary, Convener of Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Gerry McGarvey, said:

“Securing city status was a major milestone in Stirling’s rich history and it’s fitting we are marking this special anniversary with such an exciting and diverse programme of events.

“Over the past 20 years, Stirling has strengthened its reputation as a key events location and a must-visit destination so it’s fantastic that huge concerts and international festivals such as Bloody Scotland are returning to the city in 2022 following the pandemic. 

McGarvey added: “This will provide a significant economic boost to the area and will raise the profile of Stirling to a wide audience, boosting our recovery from the challenges of the past two years.”

McGarvey concluded by re-emphasising the commitment of the local authority to developing the local area, saying: “This inspiring programme underlines the Council and its partners’ commitment to investing in culture to regenerate and grow our communities.”

Residents can find out more about the whole range of events on offer by visiting the website here.

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