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Creativity thrives in Dundee with new Place Partnership

Dundee Place Partnership

The Dundee Place Partnership is a collaboration between Creative Scotland, Dundee City Council, Leisure and Culture Dundee, the University of Dundee and Abertay University. The Partnership is supporting a series of initiatives and ambitious projects to encourage creativity in communities across Dundee and further strengthen the development of the arts, screen and creative industries in the city.

The Partnership was launched in September 2015, and has since supported a number of key projects.

Launch of the Dundee Place Partnership

In late 2014, Dundee was named the UK’s first City of Design by the UN, recognising its diverse contribution to medical research, comics and video games. The Place Partnership supported staff to work as part of the UNESCO City of Design Team, as well as the delivery of a programme of public engagement and awareness raising activities.

‘Journeys’ is an interactive map of the city where anyone can upload stories, memories, poems or short pieces of descriptive writing about Dundee. It aims to create a living history of the city.

Ignite Festival of Creativity was a month long programme of activity which showcased the creativity of the city – and with the support of the Place Partnership 2016 was the biggest event to date.

The partnership also supported the first Dundee Design Festival in 2016. The exhibition and events programme showcased work and projects by more than 30 designers with talks, workshops and performances.

The ‘Sound of Dundee’ was a compilation album aimed at showcasing the best of new, independent music made in Dundee. The first CD was so well received that that a 2nd collection was released in September 2016.

Launch of the Dundee Place Partnership

Speaking at the launch, Janet Archer, CEO of Creative Scotland said "We celebrate the fact that Places and quality of life are transformed through imagination, ambition and an understanding of the potential of creativity. We do this through our Place Partnerships and we are very proud that we now have these with twelve local authority areas across Scotland helping to ensure that creativity continues to thrive in communities across Scotland.”

Find out more about Place Partnerships.

This article was published on 30 Mar 2016