Creative Dundee

What’s Happening at the 3D Festival

With just one week to go until the 3D Festival kicks off, V&A Dundee has compiled an essential guide to the event including advice on getting to and from Slessor Gardens and key times.

Created in collaboration with DF Concerts & Events and V&A Dundee’s Young People’s Collective, the 3D Festival will celebrate the opening of Scotland’s first design museum created by acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

Up to 20,000 people from Dundee, Scotland and around the world are expected to attend the festival across Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September, which will take place next to V&A Dundee in the city’s waterfront park space, Slessor Gardens.

Full event information for both the sold-out ticketed Friday 14 event and non-ticketed Saturday 15 event can now be found on V&A Dundee’s website, and travel advice is available on the Dundee City Council website.

Legendary Scottish rockers Primal Scream will headline the 3D Festival on Friday 14 September. The psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll band will be joined by singer-songwriter, and BBC Radio 1 Brit List artist, Lewis Capaldi and Dundee’s own Be Charlotte, to perform on the eve of the museum’s official opening. As well as musical performances there will also be spectacular new dance, design and lighting collaborations, putting the audience and the museum at the heart of the show.

To mark the official opening day of the museum, the festival will continue on Saturday 15 September with a day dedicated to celebrating the very best creative talent in Scotland. Performances will include up-and-coming Dundee music talent, mass participation choral collaborations, and specially designed hands-on maker space workshops.

The 3D Festival on Saturday will be open to everyone on a first come, first serve basis with no tickets required, so those attending are advised to plan their day ahead.

Saturday main stage times: 

Workshops will run from 10.00 – 17.00 on Saturday.

Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee, said: “There is just one week to go until the 3D Festival, a massive celebration to mark the opening of V&A Dundee, begins. Over the two days of the festival around 20,000 people are expected to join us in Slessor Gardens for this important moment for all those who have supported and been involved in creating the new museum.


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