Posted : 1 May 2024

Dundee’s Slessor Gardens, City Square and Waterfront are set to be transformed into a food and drink haven this summer as Dundee Food Festival reveals its first line-up of events.

Organisers, Dundee City Council, will serve up a delicious offering of community-led workshops and events across multiple venues that will see residents and visitors be encouraged to eat, drink, play and think, as they explore the wonders of the city's food, drink and hospitality scene.

Taking place on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7, the two-day festival will see numerous local businesses get involved and activities will pop-up across varying locations.  They include V&A Dundee, Discovery Point, City Square, the Waterfront, Slessor Gardens, fringe events across the city and more.

Activities such as a street food market at V&A Dundee, a local producers showcase with cooking demos at The Keiller Centre with Kitchen Press, Jim’s Delhi, and Lyndsey Kitchen, and herb and flower arrangement workshops run by Verdant Works are a few not to miss events.

The family-friendly weekend will see various free activities for children to enjoy including ScrapAntics and Dundee Science Centre’s playful educational sessions in Slessor Gardens.

The main festival hub will be based at City Square with food stalls, characters on stilts, street performers, live music and more which will keep little ones busy.

For those who enjoy a tipple, The Discovery will be hosting a beer and toastie night with local firms LAW Brewing Co and Strathearn Food Co. on Saturday, July 6 from 5-8pm.

Bakers won’t want to miss the free workshop on Sunday afternoon at 4.30-5.30pm at Braw Tea Cafe in Broughty Ferry with Jeni Iannetta of Bad Girl Bakery, who is originally from Kirkton, Dundee. The well-known Scottish baker owns venues in Muir of Ord and Inverness and is held in high regard by celebrity chef Nigella Lawson who has raved about her bakes and cookbook online.

Social enterprise, The Eden Project, which is bringing Eden to Dundee, has challenged children from local schools to design a sustainable packed lunch.  The children will use knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to create a picnic that they can take to and enjoy at the festival. 

Talks and lectures from local organisations with leading scientists from University of Dundee, James Hutton Institute and Abertay University will leave attendees inspired.  Award-winning chef, Dean Banks from Arbroath, will host a talk and question and answer session on sustainability at one of the city’s newest cocktail bars, Temple Lane.

City Council Fair Work, Economic Growth and Infrastructure Convener Councillor Steven Rome, said: “I am very encouraged that so much progress is being made to deliver the first Dundee Food Festival.  Excitement will no doubt continue to build in the lead-up to July and I hope that the range of attractions on offer will prove to be popular.”

Sustainability is at the heart of Dundee Food Festival, promoting active travel with partners such as Dundee Cycle Hub providing activities at the Waterfront.

The event is designed to highlight the local larder, encourage community involvement and celebrate the food heroes of the city and surrounding area.  Dundee is abundant in quality food and drink and around 70% of Scotland’s fresh produce is located within 30 miles of the city.

It is also on a journey to become more sustainably conscious and any partners taking part are asked to pledge to the festival’s Sustainability Charter which focuses on food waste, reduction of plastic use, and using more local produce.

City Council Climate, Environment & Biodiversity Committee Convener Heather Anderson, added:We are placing a strong emphasis on sustainability and the local reaction so far has been extremely heartening.”

Dundee Food Festival will be a highlight in locals’ and visitors’ calendars and is a great opportunity to eat, drink, play and think.

A range of local businesses will be participating throughout the event, hosting and organising food-focused activities which are yet to be announced.  These events will continue to highlight the importance of supporting local, celebrate Dundee’s food heroes, and bring together the wider community through the medium of food and drink.

The festival has been delivered in collaboration with local partners including the Dundee City Council, Eden Project, V&A Dundee, James Hutton Institute and Eat and Drink Dundee.

For additional information and to find out how to get involved visit


Dundee Food Festival 2024

Posted : 30 January 2023

This morning on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, Greg James revealed that Lewis Capaldi, The 1975, Raye, Niall Horan, Anne-Marie and Arlo Parks are the first acts set to perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2023 which will be held in Dundee from 26 – 28 May. 

Camperdown Park in Dundee, Scotland will play host to Radio 1’s flagship live music event with over 80,000 music fans expected to attend the three day festival, over the late May bank holiday weekend. 

The first artists to be announced are (in alphabetical order):

•    Anne-Marie 
•    Arlo Parks 
•    Lewis Capaldi 
•    Niall Horan 
•    Raye 
•    The 1975  

Radio 1’s Big Weekend kicks off the UK’s festival season by bringing some of the biggest UK and international artists to cities that may not otherwise host such a large scale event, shining a light on the local area and providing a major boost to the local economy. There is always a huge demand for tickets, with the festival selling out within minutes every year.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend was originally set to go to Dundee in 2020 but due to the Covid-19 Pandemic it was unable to go ahead. This year, the BBC is working closely with Dundee City Council to put on Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2023.

Radio 1 Big Weekend - Dundee 2023

Lewis Capaldi says: “I’m very excited to be playing in Dundee for Big Weekend, I never managed to get tickets last time so I’m very excited to be able to come along and enjoy it as well as playing.” 

The 1975 say: “We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Dundee for our first outdoor show of the year!”

Niall Horan says: “I can’t wait to kick off festival season at Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2023 in Dundee. See you all there!”

Arlo Parks says: “Can’t wait to be at this year’s Big Weekend! What a joy to perform for you guys in Scotlandddd”

Greg James, Radio 1 Breakfast Show host, says: “We were gutted not to come to Dundee due to the pandemic so it’s massively exciting to finally fulfil our promise this year. I was on holiday close to Dundee in the summer and decided I wanted to move there so doing Big Weekend nearby is just the first part of my cunning plan to get out of London. I’m glad Radio 1 have fallen for it.”

John Alexander, Dundee City Council leader, says: “This is an incredible opportunity for Dundee and we are looking forward to hosting such an exciting event at Camperdown Park after the disappointment of 2020’s cancellation.

“Radio 1’s Big Weekend will showcase Dundee not only to the tens of thousands of people who attend, but also the millions who will watch and listen through the BBC. We expect a huge economic boost for the area as the event has been worth millions of pounds to previous host locations.” 

Aled Haydn Jones, Head of Radio 1, says: “Radio 1’s Big Weekend always delivers the biggest and hottest artists from around the World and what better place to bring them than Dundee! We’ve got some brilliant ideas for the event this year and a few special guests who we’ll be bringing along to celebrate with us!”

Further information about Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2023, including the full line-up and ticketing details will be announced on Radio 1 in the coming months.

BBC Radio 1 will broadcast live from the festival site across the weekend, with performances and tracks available live and on demand across Radio 1’s iPlayer channel and BBC Sounds.

For more information see this dedicated Big Weekend page.

Posted : 11 January 2023

Image by Matt Rowe, courtesy of Art Night - Zadie Xa, 'Child of Magohalmi and the Echos of Creation' (2019) at Walthamstow Library, co-commissioned by Art Night, Tramway, Yarat and De La Warr.

In 2023, internationally renowned contemporary art festival Art Night will deliver its first full iteration in a city outside London - in Dundee.  In June 2023, over one packed weekend, organisers will present ten major new commissions in civic spaces across the city by internationally significant and emerging artists.  The free festival will be brought to Dundee in partnership with Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA).  The scheduled date is the evening of the 24th of June 2023.  Art Night will also collaborate with V&A Dundee;  Creative Dundee;  NeoN Digital Arts;  Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD) at the University of Dundee;  GENERATORprojects;  Dundee City Council;  Dundee Heritage Trust, and Hospitalfield, Arbroath.

The commissions will comprise ambitious live events, installations and performances and be presented in well-known Dundee locations, bringing to audiences and participants world-class cultural opportunities in the city.

Art Night has delivered four editions of the festival in London (2016-2019) in collaboration with major partners such as The Hayward Gallery and the ICA and showing work by globally significant artists such as Barbara Kruger;  Joan Jonas;  Zadie Xa;  Celia Hempton;  Mark Leckey;  Christine Sun Kim;  Frances Stark and Alberta Whittle.  One edition took place across the UK and online (2021) during the Pandemic, including an outdoor commission by the Guerrilla Girls in Dundee, which was also installed in further sites across Scotland, England and Wales alongside other works and projects.  The Dundee festival will be the first time a full festival has taken place in a city outside London.  Since 2019, Art Night has been curated by Artistic Director Helen Nisbet, a Shetland and London based curator and a team of curators and project workers based in Dundee.

Helen Nisbet, Artistic Director of Art Night

Art Night Dundee will take place primarily around the city centre of Dundee.  Many of the commissions will be developed in partnership with local communities and the majority will be developed as co-commissions with local, national and international partners.  Local artists and arts workers will be employed by the festival.  Some works will be installed longer than the ‘festival’ weekend for audiences to engage with across the summer of 2023, and one work will be gifted to a local collection after the project ends, creating further legacy of the festival in the city.  It can be announced now that one commission will be a new work by Turner Prize winning artist Tai Shani.

Joe Namy, 'The Eighth Automobile' (2019), Live performance at Sainsbury's Rooftop in Walthamstow, commissioned for Art Night 2019 and part of the London Borough of  Culture in Waltham Forest programme. Photo by Rama Knight, courtesy of Art Night

Artistic Director of Art Night, Helen Nisbet said, We are beyond delighted to announce that our first full national festival will be in Dundee. Dundee is an excellent city which is very close to my heart due to formative experiences in the city and the people I’ve met here.  Dundee is a tremendous venue for Art Night, it has a vibrant cultural scene and strong social history and we will collaborate with inspiring partners to commission new work by globally important artists and work with local people to deepen our knowledge of the city. Art Night will bring a festival atmosphere to the city and wider area and kick off the summer of festivals in Scotland in 2023.  I look forward to telling you more plans soon, including the artists we will work with and more about the gorgeous and rich locations works will take place within”.  The programme will be free to attend, as with every edition of Art Night.  Since its inaugural edition, Art Night has also engaged with a wide range of audiences, exhibiting work in everyday places such as libraries, parks and squares, places of worship, shopping centres and car parks.

Beth Bate, Director, DCA, added, "We're thrilled to be partnering with Art Night to bring this exciting programme of new commissions to Dundee.  Our city, with its lively visual arts scene and world class galleries and museums, is a perfect location for Art Night's first full festival outside London, and we can't wait to share the full programme with our audiences."  Art Night Dundee is funded by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

Kirsteen Macdonald, Visual Arts Officer at Creative Scotland said:  “This is a hugely exciting development for Dundee and art lovers across the city and beyond. Art Night Dundee is the result of excellent partnership working across the region combined with the strong artistic vision of curator Helen Nisbet.  The festival will provide a unique opportunity to support an exciting group of artists to reach new audiences beyond traditional gallery spaces, reimagining the city and bringing people together in new experiences.”

Mark Flynn, convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said:-  “I am delighted that Dundee will be the first venue outside London to host the unveiling of so many ambitious live events, installations and performances developed in partnership with local communities.  The city’s reputation as a visitor attraction of choice for its heritage and culture can only be cemented with the announcement of such a prestigious and creative event happening here.”

The artist line up will be revealed later in 2023.


Posted : 5 July 2022

Batman, Rupert the Bear and Minnie the Minx are just some of the much-loved characters to appear in a new University of Dundee exhibition exploring the production process underpinning the creation of comics.

Comics Stripped!  opened this week and will be on display at the University’s Tower Foyer Gallery throughout the summer.  A celebration of the world of comics, it explores how comics are made and how that process has changed over time.

The exhibition is one of several comics-themed activities taking place in Dundee as part of the Summer (Bash) Streets Festival

Matthew Jarron, Curator of Museum Services at the University, said, “Dundee is, of course, famous for producing comics and our students at the University have the opportunity of studying comics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

“We were keen to explore the process of making comics, much of which has changed completely in recent years thanks to digital technology.  As well as some amazing artwork, the exhibition also features fascinating examples of scripts, printing plates, corrections, colour proofs and more.”

This exhibition has been guest-curated by Zu Dominiak, a comics creator and former PhD student at the University, who now teaches comics at De Montfort University in Leicester.  While in Dundee, Zu was an intern with the University’s Museum Services and the exhibition also features larger-than-life characters from Inside the Museum, an upcoming comic created by Zu based on the internship.

Zu added, “One of the most incredible things about being an intern at Museum Services was interacting with original comics artwork.  There are so many ways in which comics have been produced over the years, and I am very excited to share this insight with the public.”

All the artwork on show comes from the University of Dundee’s Museum Collections.  The University holds Scotland’s only public collection of original comics art, featuring both Scottish and international creators.

Comics Stripped! runs until 30 September and is open from 9.30am-6pm on weekdays. Admission is free.

More information about studying Comics at Dundee can be found here


Posted : 14 October 2019

The 2019 Festival of the Future will get off to a flying start when Scotland’s leading aerial dance company take to the sky outside the University of Dundee on Wednesday 16 October.

All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre will perform their trademark spectacular moves while suspended high above the ground as part of the official opening of this year’s Festival. The dancers will move up and down the University’s Tower Building to a specially created soundtrack, while an original animation created by Dundee alumni Ryan McKnight is projected on to the side of the building.

Guests will then be led to Bonar Hall for a musical performance by children from Claypotts Castle and St Pius primary schools, who are part of the Big Noise Orchestra, a Sistema Scotland initiative.

In addition to opening the Festival, the show will also mark the 60th anniversary of the Tower Building’s foundation stone being laid.

“The Tower is one of the tallest and most recognisable buildings in Dundee as well as being the beating heart of the University,” said Festival programme director Emma Beatt. “The exciting performance by All or Nothing and Ryan’s film lighting up the building is the perfect way to launch the Festival while celebrating a landmark anniversary for this Dundee landmark.

“We are delighted to have put on such a packed programme to suit all tastes with events exploring how science and culture can come together to solve some of the biggest issues we face while educating and entertaining visitors at the same time.”

Festival of the Future, the University’s flagship celebration of art, culture and science will take place from October 16-20. The theme of this year’s Festival is social change, and more than 60 events featuring music, design, dance, theatre, food and comedy will explore this while engaging with audiences of all ages.

High-profile speakers include author Kerry Hudson, who will share the personal stories from her memoir Lowborn: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain’s Poorest Towns, an attempt to understand what it means to be poor in Britain today. Meanwhile broadcaster Paul Mason will launch a radical defence of universal rights and human-centric institutions while resisting the insidious influence of algorithms over our lives.

Paul will also take part in a panel considering the question ‘Do editors pander to audiences more than they should?’ as part of an exploration of journalism in an era of clickbait, fake news and social media.

Each day of the programme will feature events aimed at children, young people and adults, debates with academics and external speakers and high-profile events featuring prestigious figures from the worlds of science and culture. Dance, theatre, music and comedy performances will also take place.

More information about Festival of the Future can be found at

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