Programme

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17 Oct

Future cities

At a time when we as citizens of Dundee are looking to the future of our own city are we chasing the shiny and new, and how does this affect our history and roots?

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17 Oct

Culture Day: Examining the body

The University’s annual Culture Day is a stimulating mix of talks and presentations across a wide range of subjects united by the theme of examining the body.

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17 Oct

Chris Brookmyre and Ken MacLeod

Award winning Authors, Chris Brookmyre and Ken MacLeod discuss moral dilemmas, the future of AI, where humanity stops and humility begins. Probably with a lot of laughs along the way.

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17 Oct

Launch event: RADIAL

Join the Festival of the Future, National Theatre of Scotland and Back to Back Theatre (Australia) present the world premiere of RADIAL.

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18 Oct

You Choose in Space with Nick Sharratt [all ages, family event]

Nick Sharratt, legendary illustrator is zooming into Dundee for a very special event. Join him on an intergalactic adventure as he celebrates his fabulous new picture book - You Choose in Space.

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18 Oct

Stories in dentistry

Did you know that dictators only attack when they have toothache? Were you aware that the most remote island in the world, Da Cunha, has its own dentist –and he’s from Sunny Dundee?

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18 Oct

A more liveable city

Daily Debate: A panel of experts ask the question How do we make our cities better places to live, to work and to love?

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18 Oct

Eaten (8-15 years)

What if your food started talking back? Eaten invites children from age 8 upwards to a performance about the fascinating world of food chains and digestion.

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18 Oct

Discovering Discovery Walk

Take a guided stroll along Discovery Walk and find out more about the history, design and stories around the ten bronze plaques that celebrate the gifts that Dundee has given the world.

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18 Oct

Act Locally: Today’s fight for the future of equality

Creative Dundee and the Festival of the Future invite you to join them for a conversation about the steps towards equality in Scotland.

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18 Oct

Screen printing at DCA

Create prints using the simple screen printing process that Warhol used to make his famous portraits.

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18 Oct

Comicsopolis -Launching Dundee's new comics

Join Professor Christopher Murray and his colleagues to discuss the surprising history of comics in Dundee, and learn about the future of comics in Dundee.

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18 Oct

Street food (over 18s only)

Join the University of Dundee's Life Sciences with local food and drink makers to explore the delicious links between food and science. You’ll be able to sample a surprising range of snacks which look at food now and food in the future.

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18 Oct

Dundee Rep Ensemble presents Gargarin Way

Gagarin Way addresses the departure of socialist values from a region where political radicalism was once the cornerstone of the community. Written by Gregory Burke (Black Watch) and directed by Cora Bissett.

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19 Oct

Innocence by Scottish Dance Theatre (age 3-7)

A unique playroom performance inviting little ones (and their adults), to explore William Blake’s imagination and enter a realm of mystery, fun and adventure.

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19 Oct

How to write for games - Threading stories with Twine

In recent years, there has been a proliferation of accessible tools that allow anyone to make games.

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19 Oct

Kids droid programming challenge (Age 8-15)

Join the Resistance or the sinister First Order in our Sphero Droid Programming Challenge.

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19 Oct

Lunchtime concert - piano duo

Come along and listen to a piano duo by University Music Director, Graeme Stevenson and PHD student Maiju Laurila.

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19 Oct

Breaking the habit – Dundee Drugs Commission

Our daily debate looks at the number of drug related deaths in Dundee.

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19 Oct

Innocence - Scottish Dance Theatre (age 3-7)

A unique playroom performance inviting little ones (and their adults), to explore William Blake’s imagination and enter a realm of mystery, fun and adventure.

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19 Oct

Dundee's public art

Dundee has an exceptional wealth of public art. This guided walk around the University campus by museum curator Matthew Jarron will introduce you to some of the highlights.

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19 Oct

Making the Difference - Young change makers

In the Year of Young People this event will give you an insight into the lives and work of some of the most inspirational young people in Scotland.

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19 Oct

London Design Biennale: Shpeel

What can video games do to help young people start talking about their mental health?

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19 Oct

Supper Club - Wider impact of University of Dundee on the world

Come along and join us for supper with our Principal Pete Downes.

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19 Oct

Comedy night with Fred MacAulay

Join us for a cracking night of comedy compered by the one and only Fred MacAulay.

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19 Oct

Dr Kate Stone and Be Charlotte

Be Charlotte and Dr Kate Stone create new ways of making music, new instruments and new ways of using technology.

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20 Oct

Teddy bears hospital (age 5-7)

Come along to the teddy bear hospital where child and their favourite teddy bear will experience a fun filled session where they can become doctors.

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20 Oct

Future Humans - Puppet making with How It Felt (age 14 plus)

A supervised interactive puppet building Workshop where the participants will be shown step by step how to create a full sized puppet.

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20 Oct

Did Daphne du Maurier predict Brexit?

In 1972, Daphne du Maurier wrote Rule Britannia. The Festival of the Future team set experts the task of reading this forgotten novel.

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20 Oct

Dark History: How our past shapes our present and our future

From riots and rebellions to disaster and sieges, this tour highlights only the very worst in our bloody battle for survival against overwhelming odds.

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20 Oct

Heal the world (14 years and up)

Can you heal the world? In a year not too far from our own, a deadly parasitic disease has broken out. It has mutated from its original form and gained the ability to spread worldwide.

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20 Oct

Peatlands past, present and future.

Peat has played a glorious role in our past. Half land, half water, rich in wildlife, from its first uses during the Bronze Age, through the wildlife and folklore associated with the land during the centuries, to its integral role in the making of whisky.

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20 Oct

Animation and digital design (age 14 plus)

Join NEoN Digital Arts Festival and Glasgow-based artist John Butler and learn animation techniques, design characters and scenarios about the future relationship between humans and technology.

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20 Oct

Supper club - DNA discoveries

Join us for a very special supper club. Along with a delicious two course meal, you’ll be treated to micro talks by artists and scientists, all in the incredible setting of the School of Life Sciences.

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20 Oct

Louise Welsh

A unique event with one of Scotland’s best known writers, Louise Welsh, that aims to show that the gap between science and culture doesn’t exist.

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20 Oct

The Unexplained podcast live

Demonic possession in 1970's Germany. UFOs in Rendlesham forest. Reincarnation in Middlesborough. To this day, these real life mysteries and very many more evade explanation.

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21 Oct

Family fun yoga session

Start your Sunday as you mean to go on with a full on relaxation session for all the family.

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21 Oct

The Art of Coorie

The Art of Coorie explores what coorie is and how it has nurtured the astonishing creativity that Scotland is famed for, despite an often harsh and unforgiving climate.

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21 Oct

Who runs the world? Girls. The future of feminism

What does it mean to be a feminist in 2018? Join our daily debate to find out.

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21 Oct

The Art of Coorie

The Art of Coorie explores what coorie is and how it has nurtured the astonishing creativity that Scotland is famed for, despite an often harsh and unforgiving climate.

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21 Oct

Detecting in Dundee - Hania Allen

Lovers of crime stories and anyone who has an interest in the city will be keen to hear how Hania used Dundee as the backdrop to this new series.

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21 Oct

Building an island (age 8-14)

Come along to this fun workshop and learn how to build an island you would like to live on!

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21 Oct

Robots, rockets, stars and space with Little Pinata Craft Studio (age 6 plus)

Come along and try your hand at decorating your own handmade, keepsake decoupage object to take away.

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17 Oct

Sculpture in the city

A photographic exhibition revealing some fascinating views of local sculptures you may never have seen, or will now see in a new and different way.

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19 Oct

Moving Jamaica: Scottish-Caribbean connections and local-global journeys

An exciting exhibition of unique historical and contemporary photographs giving a rare opportunity to explore past, present and future cultural landscapes.

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21 Oct

Disrupting forensic science with Niamh Nic Daeid and Val McDermid

This discussion will cover the fact and fiction of forensic science and the challenges in the current relationships with science and the justice system.

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21 Oct

The Way of All Flesh –Ambrose Parry

Medicine, murder and money blur the lines between class and gender in Edinburgh, 1847, in the first historical mystery by Ambrose Parry.

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21 Oct

Nature after dark in Dundee

Discover all about Dundee Law and learn about our nocturnal wildlife during this guided walk up to the summit.

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