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Dance, drama, disco and Dundee

Published on 19 September 2019

Dance, drama and disco are among the attractions awaiting visitors to the University of Dundee’s Festival of the Future next month

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This year’s Festival has grown beyond its base at Bonar Hall to include collaborations at V&A Dundee, Dundee Rep Theatre and Dundee Contemporary Arts. Comedy clubs, exclusive film screenings and music and lunchtime concerts are among the other arts events taking place from Wednesday 16 to Sunday 20 October.

Best-selling authors Christopher Brookmyre, Doug Johnstone, Mark Billingham, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste – who are used to dishing up blood and gore in their books – will be murdering songs for fun when they appear at Bonar Hall as the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers on Friday 18 October.

Scissor Sisters frontwoman and host of Radio 2’s Disco Devotion Ana Matronic, who will also be appearing at the Festival in her role as a transhumanism activist, will perform a DJ set at V&A Dundee on Saturday 19 October.

She is just one of the big names who feature in the 2019 programme, with veteran stand-up and Never Mind the Buzzcocks fixture Phill Jupitus hosting this year’s Festival of the Future Comedy Club at Bonar Hall on Friday 19 October.

Special performances by Scottish Dance Theatre will take place at Dundee Rep, while families can look forward to The Whirlybird by Ecodrama, Slug by Visible Fictions and other events aimed at youngsters. Dundee Contemporary Arts will play host to exclusive screenings of Schemebirds and Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, films that strongly relate to social change, the Festival’s theme for 2019.

Programme director Emma Beatt said, “This year we have such wonderful performances and music events as part of the festival. We are super excited to welcome our guests to Dundee for what is going to be a fantastic five days of fun.”

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.

More information about Festival of the Future can be found at


Press Office, University of Dundee