Venue: Slessor Gardens // Date: September 14 & 15
A two-day festival celebrating design, music and performance will mark the opening of V&A Dundee and its place at the heart of Dundee’s transformed waterfront. The 3D Festival – a name that pays homage to Dundee, design and the city’s spirit of discovery – will be co-designed by young people from across Dundee working alongside Scotland’s largest promoter and events company, DF Concerts and Events.
The festival will take place in Slessor Gardens at the centre of the Dundee waterfront, with the new museum designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma forming an impressive backdrop. It is supported by EventScotland, part of the VisitScotland Events Directorate, and by Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 event fund.
The festival will open on Friday 14 September, the eve of the museum’s official opening, with a one-off outdoor performance involving music, design and dance. It will continue on Saturday 15 September with family activities, hands-on design workshops, music and creative collaborations on the main stage.
V&A Dundee’s Young People’s Collective, a group of 16 to 25-year-olds from across the city, have spent the last six months planning the festival and will continue to help shape everything.
Maryam Deeni, a member of V&A Dundee’s Young People’s Collective, said: “This is an opportunity for us to do something great and we want everyone to feel part of it. The opening celebrations will show off the new museum and will be a chance to highlight the great things that have been going on in Dundee for a long time. The festival will be a combination of what the city is proud of and the exciting things still to come.”
The full festival line-up will be announced over the summer period.
Alongside Hot Chocolate Trust, the V&A’s Young Person Collective has also been helping us design Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol.21 TAKEOVER! Read more about it here.