Creative Dundee with #Blogmanay – in Photos

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Creative Dundee

Last week, I spent a few days in Dundee with local social enterprise Creative Dundee, tourism initiative Dundee One, City Many Discoveries, and the team behind the #blogmanay campaign. I didn’t know much about this city before visiting, so I didn’t have a clue what to expect – but what we discovered on our whirlwind tour really blew me away!

This is a seriously cool and creative town, with a lot going on for quite a small city. From quirky local shops and boutiques – like the fab vintage glasses store Spex Pistols – to some amazing galleries like the McManus Gallery and the DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts), there’s a real focus on art and creativity. No wonder, then, that Dundee recently became the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design, or that work has now commenced on the V&A Dundee – the first ever design museum in the UK to be built outside of London – which will be finished in 2018. I was even able to get a look at the future building, designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma, using some virtual reality goggles. Dundee is nothing if not high-tech – which is why there’s a really strong video games industry in this city, too. We even got a chance to visit Fleet Collective, a really cool co-working space and creative community where some amazing local designers showed us their current projects.

I’ll be sharing a more in-depth post about Dundee as soon as I can, but for now here are a few photos to show what I got up to in this seriously cool, fascinating city…

Creative Dundee

Exploring the future V&A Dundee via virtual reality…

Creative Dundee

Getting a behind the scenes glimpse of Fleet Collective, a creative community in Dundee.

Creative Dundee

Bonny Claith – Cally Booker’s weaving studio.

Creative Dundee

After our weaving lesson at Bonny Claith – we made “mug rugs”.

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McManus Gallery – exploring local history and art.

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Playing with the mirror at vintage glasses store Spex Pistols – the coolest shop in Dundee! The magic mirror guesses your age and plays a song from your teenage years…

#blogmanay is brought to you by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and is supported by ETAG, The Scottish Goverment, VisitScotland, Festivals Edinburgh, Marketing Edinburgh, Arnold Clarke Van and Car HireRabbies Tours and co-creators Haggis Adventures. Created and produced by Unique Events. As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

5 thoughts on “Creative Dundee with #Blogmanay – in Photos”

  1. I really enjoyed my time in Dundee. In the mid 90s I was a student there but really loved the city as a whole and was an active part of the music scene with my band Kegbelly sharing the stage with a fledgling Snow Patrol. It was a vibrant and inspiring city to live in and I love visiting when I can.

    Glad to hear it is still going strong :)

  2. I loved my time in Dundee back in the mid 90s. I was a student there and treasure my memories of the city as a whole. I made friends for life there. Played gigs with A fledgling Snow Patrol in my band Kegbelly and had a blast in the pubs students didn’t frequent so much. Such a great city them and it’s great to hear someone else loving it too! I like to visit whenever I can. Thanks for reminding me of the venerable city!

  3. I loved living, working and studying in Dundee. I think it’s rather underrated, but is slowly starting to get the recognition it deserves. Emma x

    1. Thanks Emma! I agree – it’s definitely underratted! When I tweeted I was going, quite a few people asked me why! One guy said “you’ll be disappointed”! They were so wrong!!

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