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World Braille Day

Celebrated on 4 January since 2019, World Braille Day is observed to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication.

See the United Nations website for more information.

International Day of Education

Celebrated on 24 January, the International Day of Education highlights the role of education for peace and development.

This year, the International Day of Education is celebrated under the theme ‘Changing Course, Transforming Education.’

See the United Nations website for more information.

Burns Night

Celebrated each year on 25 January, Burns Night commemorates the life and legacy of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. Many mark the occasion by going to a traditional Burns supper.

Have a look at the VisitScotland website for more information.

Image: Creative Commons CC by NC, National Galleries Scotland.

LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. The aim is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public, including increasing the visibility of LGBT+ people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community.

Visit this website for more information and resources.

Young Person’s Guarantee Employer Webinar – Creative Industries

The ambition of the Young Person’s Guarantee is that within two years every young person in Scotland aged 16-24 will have the opportunity of a job, apprenticeship, further or higher education, training programme or volunteering.

The impact of the pandemic on employers and young people alongside a challenging labour market means that there has never been a more important time to consider how young talent can benefit your organisation.

This employer webinar will help you find out more about the benefits of engaging with young people, support available and how to get involved. Delivered by the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) the webinar includes:

• an overview of the Young Person’s Guarantee, the 5 asks of employers and how to sign up

• examples from employers in Creative Industries on how they’ve got involved

• sectoral information from SDS including apprenticeships and business support

The event will be hosted and introduced by Kathryn Willens, Head of Partnerships (Scotland) at Creative & Cultural Skills.

The Culture & Business Scotland Conference

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Arts & Business Scotland is delighted to invite you to the Culture & Business Scotland Conference 2022, hosted by BBC Scotland’s Arts Correspondent Pauline McLean.

This event welcomes the business, public, and arts and heritage sectors to come together to discuss how engaging with creativity and culture can be the key to not simply surviving but thriving in the face of key universal challenges.

Whilst the event will be invaluable for culture organisations (as it will share innovative practice, fresh perspectives, and the value of cross sector collaboration), there is a deliberate focus on presenting things from a business and public sector perspective, to help those sectors better understand the value of and return on establishing partnerships with the culture sector. This includes how engaging with culture can deal with the impacts of covid-19, address environmental sustainability, and manage staff wellbeing, engagement and retention

International Book Giving Day

Celebrated in over 44 countries, the International Book Giving Day is a volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. It is celebrated each year on 14 February.

Visit this website for more information and ways to get involved.

Illustration by Sanne Dufft.

Year of Stories x Paisley Book Festival: Shaping Scotland’s Stories: From Inspiration to Publication

Your book has been signed up with a publisher: What happens now? What is the work that goes into making a story the best it can be? In this event, we’ll bring together a duo of authors, both of whom had their debuts later in life, alongside their editors, to discuss the life experience and influences behind the work, as well as the working relationship between author and editor, the vital collaboration that brings books to their fantastic final form. Join Anne Pia, author of creative memoir Language of my Choosing and poetry collection Transitory, and her editor Jennie Renton; alongside Mick Kitson, winner of the Saltire First Book Award for his debut novel Sal, whose latest novel is Featherweight, with his editor Jo Dingley.

Curated by Publishing Scotland as part of their Year of Scotland’s Stories events strand, these events look to spotlight the brilliant talent thriving within Scotland’s publishing scene and invite readers to learn more about the inner workings of the book industry.

International Mother Language Day

Celebrated on 21 February, the International Mother Language Day recognises that languages and multilingualism can advance inclusion.

The theme of the 2022 International Mother Language Day is ‘Using technology for multilingual learning: Challenges and opportunities.’

Visit this website for more information.