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A feast for the senses: Botanic Garden to be transformed for festival

Published on 21 September 2022

Light and sound will transform a city treasure as the programme for the University of Dundee’s Festival of the Future was unveiled.

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Aerial dancers, a stunning light show and a specially commissioned musical score will turn the University’s Botanic Garden into an open air performance space as just one of more than 40 planned events to take place between 12-16 October.

Running over three consecutive nights, the show, Over the Garden Wall, will form an immersive family experience that promises to shed new light – literally – on one of the city’s most iconic locations.

“Dundee has enjoyed a cultural renaissance in recent years, but the city has never seen anything quite like this before,” said Emma Preston, Festival Organiser.

Over the Garden Wall will bring an entirely new look to this beloved space, shining a light on parts of it that even regular visits may have overlooked.

“Combining colour with performance and specially commissioned music, we want people to take a new look at the Garden and to celebrate the life that exists there in a way that people of all ages can enjoy.”

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As well as shedding new light on the Botanic Garden, this year’s Festival of the Future promises to enlighten minds young and old with a host of events. Other highlights in this year’s programme include a performance of Scottish Dance Theatre’s, Ray, walking tours telling the story of Dundee’s streets, and The Evidence Chamber, an interactive live theatre experience where the audience is the jury.

Meanwhile, for families there is a host of workshops and activities, including fairy trails, pond dipping sessions, and messy play for babies and pre-schoolers with the Art at the Start project. The Overgate Shopping Centre’s Gather Space will also host pop-up events throughout the week.

“The pandemic has been instrumental in reminding us of how beneficial spending time together can be,” added Emma.

“Our programme has been designed to give people the opportunity to share memorable experiences with family, friends, and even people we have never met. From story sessions and silent discos, to lectures on forensic science and yoga sessions, there really is something for everyone.”

The full Festival of the Future programme, as well as ticket information, is available online.


Jonathan Watson

Senior Press Officer

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