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Dundee Design Festival 2021

Dundee Design Festival is back!

For its fourth edition, taking place over ten days from 23 September to 3 October, the festival will explore the theme of ‘Every Where Design’ across multiple locations around the city and online.

The festival will consider the ways which design is an essential but often invisible part of people’s lives. Alongside the physical program of events, there will be a virtual presence allowing people to participate from anywhere in the world.

The festival will be centred around five ‘Design Houses’ which will be created in collaboration with local communities and organisations to profile the value of design within our everyday lives. The program will be free to attend and take place at the following locations;

  • Hilltown Park, to the north of the city-centre.
  • A retail unit in the main shopping area of Stobswell.
  • A former pump station in Finlathen Park.
  • The waterfront plaza surrounding V&A Dundee.
  • A Digital Design House hosted on the festival website.

Dundee Design Festival 2021 is delivered by UNESCO City of Design Dundee and produced by Agency of None, a design studio in Dundee run by Lyall Bruce and Ryan McLeod. Agency of None also produced the 2019 edition of the festival located in the Keiller Centre and asked the question; what makes a city more liveable / loveable?

Ryan McLeod and Lyall Bruce, producers of Dundee Design Festival 2021, said: “Through DDF21 we are aiming to help develop a healthier approach to design, one that broadens its understanding, breaks down barriers to entry and shows how it can be used to transform our communities and urban environments.”

Annie Marrs, Lead Officer, UNESCO City of Design Dundee, said: “From the outset, we’ve always tried to ensure that Dundee Design Festival reflects the world we are living in, with content showing the ways in which design can impact on our day to day lives.”

The festival is generously supported by Abertay University, Creative Scotland, Dundee City Council, Hillcrest Housing Association, InGAME, Leisure & Culture Dundee, University of Dundee and V&A Dundee.

For news and updates on the festival follow @dnd_designfest

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