Media Release: Dundee’s ‘City of Culture’ campaign takes next steps

WE Dundee, the people-led campaign that helped Dundee win a place on the UK City of Culture 2017 shortlist, has launched a new-look website to help the next phase of the competition.

Supporters of Dundee’s ‘City of Culture’ campaign are being encouraged to get involved in shaping the next stage of the bid by visiting and answering the question, ‘What would you love to see in Dundee in 2017?’.

The contributions will play a key part in shaping the city’s cultural programme for the Bid’s next phase, which has a 30th September deadline.

Dundee will make a final presentation to the competition judges in mid-November and the winning city will be announced later that month.

The We Dundee website launched earlier this year exceeded all targets by generating over 2,300 supporters and 20,000 site visits, including hits from Canada, United States, Spain and Australia.

The four aspects of the city that website supporters felt were its strongest attributes have inspired the themes for the 2017 planned programme and are each intended to have festivals during the year.

They include:

- a celebration of the river – the communities around the Tay Estuary;

- a celebration of the environment – making the most of the city’s green spaces;

- a celebration of our people – a homecoming for those with their roots in Dundee or connections to the city;

- a celebration of the light – appreciating the quality of light and shining a light on the future.

Stewart Murdoch, director (Leisure and Communities) for Dundee City Council and Chair of the Bid group, said: “The depth and range of contribution from so many members of the public in phase one was astonishing and genuinely impressed the City of Culture judges, and I’m sure this next phase will be just as effective.

“It’s a competition so we can’t always give too much away, but there’s no doubt that the Bid’s secret weapon is the creativity and imagination of the city’s people. I’m really looking forward to seeing the ideas come in over the next month.”


Notes to editors:

The UK City of Culture is a competition run by the UK government which uses culture and creativity to transform communities and is currently held by Derry in Northern Ireland.

The Dundee bid is being managed by the Dundee Partnership and is one of 4 cities shortlisted alongside Hull, Leicester and Swansea.

The competition deadline is 30th September 2013 and the winning city for UK City of Culture will be announced in November 2013.


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