Creative Dundee

Based on the popular Detroit SOUP model, with a local twist, Dundee SOUP is a micro-funding event celebrating and supporting creative community projects in Dundee.

What is Dundee Soup?


Held in different venues across the city, Dundee SOUP is a safe space where everyone is welcomed and supported. People come together to share a simple soup supper, connect with each other and champion community-based projects through crowdfunding, creativity, collaboration and fun.

The Dundee twist is that each project that is pitched on the night is guaranteed a share of all the money collected at the door and the encouragement from a supportive audience! At Dundee SOUP, we eat, talk, share ideas and create new connections in the city.

£2,200 have been redistributed since Dundee SOUP started!

“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.

Dundee Soup FAQs

How does it work?

For a suggested donation of £5, you receive a simple soup supper and a vote. During the event, four people who have creative ideas to benefit their community make a short pitch for the audience’s support! Then everyone votes on their favourite pitch and all cash collected on the night is distributed between the projects accordingly.

Who is it for?

Dundee Soup dinners are open to anyone – whether you (as an individual, team or community group) need help for an idea that could benefit a community in Dundee or whether you want to support a project that aims to tackle local challenges! Your idea can be about anything and you can submit it more than once.

How did it start?

The first SOUP was developed in Detroit in 2010 with a group of people gathered around a dinner to share imperfect ideas for projects for which there wasn’t much funding available.

Based on the popular Detroit SOUP model, Dundee SOUP was initiated in April 2017 by Shona Littlejohn in collaboration with Creative Dundee, ACK and The Circle, and is now run by Creative Dundee and The Circle.

How can I apply to pitch my idea?

It’s easy – you can apply anytime and your proposal doesn’t have to be long! Just answer the following questions via email to We’ll let you know two weeks before a Dundee SOUP if you have been selected to pitch your project.

  • Name of project & short description?
  • How does your project benefit Dundee?
  • How will you use the donations from the event?
Are there other ways I can support Dundee SOUP?

If you are interested in hosting a Dundee SOUP, sponsoring the supper, performing music or something else on the night, then we’d love to hear from you! Contact our programmes producer at with your suggestions.

Dundee Soup events


Dundee Soup #8 at The Circle

Dundee SOUP

Dundee Soup #7 at DJCAD

Dundee Soup at V&A

Dundee Soup #6 at V&A Dundee


Dundee Soup #5 joins St Andrew’s Fair


Dundee Soup #4


Dundee Soup #3


Dundee Soup #2


Dundee Soup #1

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