‘Shaping our Creative City’ – 2nd September

A look at creativity in Dundee and the role it is playing in driving the regeneration of the city will launch the new series of the popular Dundee Arts Café series.

The first of nine exciting events scheduled to take place over the 2014/15 academic year will see Gillian Easson of Creative Dundee talk about ‘Shaping our Creative City’ at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum from 6pm on Tuesday, 2nd September.

She will look at how Dundee is a city with a major transformation underway and how its shape, size and scope present a number of opportunities for its citizens as well as comparing some of the creative initiatives happening across Dundee and with projects helping to shape cities of the future across the world.

Event organiser Dr Jon Urch, Public Outreach co-ordinator at the University of Dundee, said, “We are delighted to announce the programme for the new season of Dundee Arts Café events. The nine exciting talks we have are certain to encourage lively discussion, starting with a look at creativity in Dundee, what makes the city unique in this regard, and what possibilities culture opens up for the future.

“Everyone is welcome to our Dundee Arts Café events and this year we will cover topics as diverse as the Referendum, the Great War centenary commemorations, film and theatre, and art in the digital age.”

Creative Dundee amplifies and connects talent, through its online platform, events and partnerships. Founded in 2008, before the current developments were on the horizon, Creative Dundee has been involved in a number of grass-roots projects including We Dundee, the crowd sourcing campaign which saw almost 4,000 contribute their ideas to the future of the city.

Dundee Arts Café is a programme of talks showcasing arts research and developments taking place locally. The series is organised by the Universities of Dundee and Abertay, and Dundee City Council’s Leisure & Culture department.

Dundee Arts Café events enable members of the public to relax and discuss the arts, from English to History, Philosophy to Architecture, and Fine Art to Product Design, with some of the leading names carrying out work in these areas in Dundee.

The events last one hour, and speakers talk passionately about their work for 30 minutes before the floor is opened up to an informal discussion with the audience. All talks take place in The McManus Café, Albert Square, Dundee.

‘Shaping our Creative City’ takes place at 6pm on Tuesday, 2nd September. The event is free, and open to all. Limited seating means visitors are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

For more information about the event and Dundee Arts Cafe please visit www.DundeeArtsCafe.co.uk.


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