Creative Dundee

Dundee Design Festival 2019!

It’s here! The week of Dundee Design Festival 2019 has finally arrived!

The third Dundee Design Festival will open to the public on Tuesday 21 May. This year it’s based at a new venue and with a new team behind the scenes. The UK’s first and only UNESCO City of Design have demonstrated their commitment to putting design at the centre of their activities by inviting Dundee based designers Agency of None to curate this year’s festival programme. Lyall Bruce and Ryan McLeod have transformed under-utilised parts of the 1970s Keiller Centre into a series of exhibition spaces and design-led experiences.

Activities are available on-demand, so people can turn up at any time during the week and take part in any of the free activities. Dundee Design Festival at the Keiller Centre is open to everyone between 10.00 and 5.00 pm until Tuesday 28th May.

The designers explain: “This year we are rethinking what a design festival is and how it should work, putting people first and building from the ground up. We have developed a programme that explores process, makes design accessible and delivers it through an on-demand format so you can turn up at any time during the week and take part in anything.

This year has a rich programme of activities, some of it includes:


A self-service Poster Playground allows you to be part of DDF19. Play with a custom designed variable typeface, shapes, pattern and colour palette. Create a poster to say something to your city and they’ll print it and paste it up in Dundee as part of the festival.

The Claw

In the spirit of shopping centres in the past providing arcade-style entertainment, they’ve reinvented the traditional grabber machine to offer a fun experience and unique prizes. Win specially designed products created specifically for the festival.


The festival has collaborated with local music artists and record shops to create a soundtrack for the festival at the Keiller Centre. From 21 – 28 May they will be taking over the centre’s sound system. Local artists Andrew Wasylyk, SHHE, Tommy Perman and many more have all curated music to create a bespoke soundtrack for each day of the festival. It’ll also have a day of exclusively playing and championing locally produced music. The playlists will be available on the live feed after each day.

As part of the festival, the organisers have also developed Afterwards – a series of fun and thought-provoking events taking place each evening outside of the main festival venue.

You can have a look at the festival’s full programme here and take a look at the entire Design Month’s programme here.



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