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Dundee Soup #5 joins St Andrew’s Fair

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Huge thanks to Allison Declercq for making this video. Check her work here

In response to the growing (and possibly concerning) popularity of Black Friday, Fair Saturday (1st Dec) sees many artists and cultural/social organisations putting on events and performances all across Scotland to express a shared belief that culture and empathy are essential to building a better future. Our fifth Dundee Soup is taking part in St Andrew’s Fair Saturday Festival and we invite you to share a moment and a warm bowl of soup with us, to support local social causes and creative ideas.

Dundee Soup is a social event supporting local community-based projects and creating new connections in the city. The next Dundee Soup will take place at lunchtime and with a Christmas spin on Saturday 1st December 2018, from 11am – 1pm, at The Circle.

Dundee Soup gives micro-grants to creative projects which benefit the Dundee community. For a suggested donation of £5 or more, you can join us on the night, receive a simple soup supper and hear four short presentations from local people with creative ideas to benefit their community – these can range from art, design, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and much more. At the end of the night, everyone gives their donations directly to their preferred projects!

Projects include:

The Art of Seeing Photography is a community-based Photography editing and printing suite in Studio 11, in Meadow Mill, which creates an exciting learning environment for photographers of all ages and stages. The ethos of the studio is simple, learn and exhibit work in a fun and imaginative way, building confidence through inspiration. Studio 11 is a truly unique gallery and learning space in the heart of the city, for both community based and/or established photographers and artists to exhibit.

Emerging Dundee – Acting Locally, Thinking Globally. The intention is to deliver a weekend festival to connect do-ers in the city. The purpose of the festival is to co-create ideas that could benefit Dundee and are relational to what participants sense are happening globally. This will be done through a programme of activities that ignite free thinking, intuition and togetherness.

Togs for Tots is a clothing, equipment and experiences bank for children living in poverty. We receive donations from the public and distribute them to children suffering from the effects of poverty. Right now, we need to support to buy new pyjamas and underwear for children for referrals waiting to go out.


Anyone who has an idea to benefit Dundee’s communities can pitch – whether you are an individual, small team or community group.

Although the application process to be considered for Dundee Soup #5 on Dec 1st has ended, you can fill out the form below or click here to apply at any time throughout the year to be considered for future Dundee Soup events. If you would like a paper copy of the application, you can pick a copy up from The Circle – see map below this proposal form.

This event is produced in partnership between Creative Dundee and The Circle for kindly coordinating Dundee Soup. Thanks to Shona Littlejohn for helping kick-start the first Dundee Soup to happen in the city in April 2017.

See previous Dundee Soup projects here.

Dundee Soup dinners are open to anyone – whether you need help for an idea that could benefit the Dundee community or whether you want to support a local community-based project. Read more about the event here.

If you are interested in hosting a Dundee Soup in the future, sponsor the supper, play some music, or something else on the night then get in touch – we’d love to hear from you:

*Dundee Soup #5 is partly funded by BEMIS Scotland via Scotland’s Winter Festivals, and part of the St Andrew’s Fair Saturday Festival. This is a partnership between BEMIS Scotland and the Scottish Government to facilitate diverse, multicultural celebrations.

About Soups

The first SOUP was developed in Detroit in 2010 with a group of artists’ friends gathered around a dinner to share ideas about art challenges, finding innovative solutions and imperfect ideas for projects that were hard to discover funding for. Over the years, Detroit SOUP has moved from funding artists to a wide variety of community members that need a little money to start their projects and the challenging ideas pushed people to think about the city in different ways.

“It’s a little bit of funding, it’s a lot more empowering and it’s even more about connectivity.” – Amy Kaherl, Detroit Soup founder.

Find out more about Detroit Soup here.


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