Creative Dundee

Free and Open Dundee Weekender

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This weekend you can check out a number of big cultural and digital free events which are taking place right across the city, with many more that you can find out about on our website and on our Facebook page.

Here are details of the biggies covering Friday 18th through to Sunday 20th September, the Place Partnership Launch, PARK(ing) Day, BBC’s Make it Digital Tour and Doors Open Day Dundee.

Friday 18th September, 12 – 2pm

Place Partnership Launch:

The launch of Dundee’s Place Partnership Programme with a host of city centre pop up performances over lunch time, including Be Charlotte who is featured above, check out the following spots!

There are four pop-up creative places in the city where activities including music, dance and printmaking will all take place between midday and 2pm.

The Wellgate:
12 – 12.20: Flow! – Revolutionary open stage event that sees dancers in close conversation with spoken word artists
12.30 – 12:40: Layla Brown – Opera singer and one half of music duo Lunan Bay
12.40 – 13.20: D&A College – Performances from current students at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance
13:30 – 14:00: Stuart Small Jazz Trio

City Square:
12 – 12:20: Be Charlotte – Contemporary, cutting edge pop music
12:30 – 12:50: Sheena Wellington – Scotland’s leading traditional singer
13:00 – 13:20: Syann – Stunningly-voiced 20-year-old singer songwriter
13:40 – 14:00: Seven Sons – Trio heavily influenced by Bluegrass and Country duet singing

The Overgate:
12-14:00: Printmaking with DCA – have a go at printmaking courtesy of the DCA

The Penguins at Steeple Church:
12-14:00: Literary Dundee – Pop-Up poetry library

Plus you can pick up a free Sounds of Dundee music CD, packed full with local music, from Dundee Science Centre, HM Frigate Unicorn, Assai, Groucho’s, Time Lifestyle Boutique, PDQ Print Services, The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum or Hannah Maclure Centre.

Place Partnerships are a Creative Scotland initiative to encourage and support ambition in different places across Scotland. Dundee will be the newest of 12 current Place Partnerships and will last for the next three years. Dundee’s Place Partnership will celebrate and support cultural and creative activity in the city, working to improve accessibility and make Dundee an even more creative place to live, work and visit.

You can share your photos and experiences of the day on social media by using #DundeePlace.

Visit here for more details.

PARK(ing) Day 2014.

PARK(ing) Day 2014.

PARK(ing) Day:

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

PARK(ing) Day will be taking over parking spaces on Perth Road, near DJCAD/Airlie Place and in front of Braes Bar all day Friday 18th Sept, from 9am – 5pm.

Find out more info here.



BBC’s Make it Digital Tour coming to Dundee.

Saturday 19th + Sunday 20th September

BBC Make it Digital Tour:

Turn yourself in to a Dalek and attempt to outwit the Cybermen in a virtual reality game controlled by coding or take over the weather to make 2015 a ‘barbecue summer’ on the BBC Make It Digital tour, this weekend in City Square.

With Dalek mazes and Royal Meteorological Society demonstrating how to become a weather watcher. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will show you how to programme their tiny computer to give a personalised weather forecast and find out how digital technology has changed the way that your local news is gathered.

The tour is coming to Dundee City Square on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September and is open between 1000-1700 on Saturday and 1100 – 1700 on Sunday, where you can see how Minecraft has been used to re-design the Dundee waterfront, meet the BBC micro:bit and make your own Beano game with Code Club.

Follow #bbcmakeitdigital for all the info.

Creative Dundee will be hosting some Pecha Kucha tech talks at the event, at the following times on Saturday 19th only, with speakers including:

Sat 19th Sep – 11am – 11.30am:

Elizabeth Armour uses haptic 3D programs to design imaginative wearable pieces and is inspired by her love of underwater environments and fascinating creatures. She loves making new discoveries as new technologies and materials develop whilst practicing traditional craft; following a position within DCA’s Print Studio, she is interested in research and teaching within the creative industries. @lizziearmour

David Flatla originally hails from Canada and is currently a Lecturer and Dundee Fellow within Computing at the University of Dundee. David leads the DAPRlab (Digitally-Augmented Perception Research lab) research group which combines sensors and wearables to enhance the day-to-day perceptual abilities of everyone – both people with impaired sensory capabilities as well as those with typical abilities. Current DAPRlab projects include developing visualizations to improve speech reading and to enhance intercultural non-verbal communication. David’s personal research focusses on helping people with impaired colour vision.

Grant Richmond Grant is a self employed web developer who works with small companies and individuals. In his spare time he volunteers at Code Club at the DCA and helped found and run Dundee MakerSpace. In the near future Grant is going to become a “Digital Nomad” and work in various cities around the world. 

Sat 19th Sep – 2pm – 2.30pm:

Malath Abbas is an independent game designer, artist and producer working on experimental and meaningful games. Since co-founding the award winning studio Quartic Llama, Malath is establishing Scotland’s first game collective and co-working space in order to support a community of independent game makers. His current work includes Kill Box, an online game and interactive installation that critically explores the nature of drone warfare, its complexities and consequences. @maltron3D

Robin Griffiths is originally from Birmingham, and is now a Dundee based artist and game developer with a passion for digital art and animation. She is currently working at Space Budgie on a programming puzzle game called Glitchspace. @Melophilus @SpaceBudgie

Lyall Bruce is a designer and illustrator based in Dundee. His work covers a broad range of projects from video game user interfaces to branding and interior design for bars. Lyall has worked for clients including BBC, Channel 4, Chunk Digital and NCR and helped develop Dundee’s City of Culture ‘We Dundee’ strategy. In 2011 Lyall co-founded Fleet Collective, a creative space that mixes us design disciplines to make a uniquely creative working environment, NEoN Digital Arts Festival and Creative Dundee. @sooperdd

Doors Open Days Dundee:

Explore and rediscover Dundee’s fascinating buildings at Dundee Doors Open Days. The event on the weekend 19th and 20th September gives you free access to over 50 buildings across Dundee.

Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime. Doors Open Days celebrates architecture, design, buildings, places and spaces right on your doorstep.

Open buildings include an hourly tour of Verdant Work’s recently-restored High Mill, a full height cathedral-like space with a dramatic ‘forest’ of columns. This monumental new addition houses a fully functioning Boulton and Watt steam engine from 1801. Booking essential. Please phone 01382 309089 to book your tour.

Keep up to date with Dundee Doors Open Days by following them on Facebook.



The renovated and just open High Mill at Verdant Works – open during Open Doors Days.




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