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V&A Dundee to Reopen on 1 May

1st May, 9:00am at V&A Dundee

Sub Club, Glasgow – 2 – photo by Brian Sweeney

A UK-exclusive exhibition on the joyful history of nightclub design will reopen V&A Dundee on Saturday 1 May. 

Nightclubs are spaces for adventure and escape, and have always encouraged experimental and radical design, from New York’s Studio 54 to Manchester’s Haçienda. Night Fever: Designing Club Culture is the first large-scale examination of the relationship between club culture and design, charting the evolution of nightclubs from the 1960s to today. Tickets are on sale now.  

From Italy to New York, Paris, Manchester, London, Beirut and Berlin, and into everyone’s homes today through online streaming, the exhibition charts how nightclub design has changed and developed. It will include a new section on Scotland’s unique and distinct club culture, including legendary club nights in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Paisley, exploring how the Scottish club scene holds closer ties to the music and influences of Chicago, Detroit and Europe than London clubs. 

Volker Hinz, Grace Jones at ‘Confinement’ theme, Area, New York, 1984.

The exhibition celebrates these critical cultural spaces at a very important moment, a year on from the first coronavirus lockdown, as we all look to a brighter future where everyone can come back together, to dance and enjoy shared public experiences once again. 

A number of measures are in place across the museum to ensure a safe, welcoming and inspiring experience for visitors and staff alike.  

All visitors now need to book free tickets to enter the museum, as part of the essential steps to keep visitors safe and to ensure physical distancing. Those free tickets can also be booked here 

Leonie Bell, Director of V&A Dundee, said: “Night Fever: Designing Club Culture is a perfect exhibition to reopen V&A Dundee with. Nightclubs and dancehalls are precious cultural spaces that often play a pivotal role in our lives. Night Fever explores the history of nightclub design, looking at how this has changed from Italy in the 1960s right through to everyone’s living rooms today with online streaming of club nights“. 

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out Leonie Bell’s Pecha Kucha Night Dundee talk from last year!

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