Media Release: Dundee hosts Commonwealth Games cultural celebrations

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STORYTELLING from a customised ice cream van, literary discussions, dancing in the City Square, cutting-edge visual arts, and a beautiful and insightful new play are among the events taking place next in Dundee as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

The nationwide Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is celebrating Scotland and Glasgow’s hosting of the XX Commonwealth Games with more than 1,000 events taking place across the country.

Lochee Park, Ardler Community Centre

Adding to the excitement of the Queen’s Baton Relay coming to the city, The Pokey Hat, a new family musical interactive show from Grinagog Theatre will be performed in a customised ice cream van on Friday 27 June.

Based on stories and research provided by the local community in the East End of Glasgow, the show will take an entertaining look at the way we used to live; the Italian community in Scotland and café culture; childhood songs, games and sweets. Crolla dairy ice cream from Glasgow will be handed out at performances.

Come along to Lochee Park, Ancrum Road, Dundee at 12:25pm and Ardler Community Centre, 95 Turnberry Avenue, Dundee at 2.30pm to join in the fun.

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The McManus Art Gallery and Museum

Also, on Friday 27 June, at 6pm at The McManus Art Gallery and Museum there’s the opportunity to enjoy a fascinating Scottish PEN event. Amruta Patil and Karrie Fransman will be discussing their graphic novels and the use of the magical and the strange in their work. The Chair will be Peggy Hughes, programme director of the Dundee Literary Festival.

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Dundee Rep

In My Father’s Words is a beautiful play about identity – national and personal – and language, and the utter indivisibility between the two.  In the year that the Commonwealth Games comes back to Scotland, Dundee Rep Ensemble presents a play which re-tells the Scottish emigrant story for our times. In My Father’s Words, written by Justin Young with Gaelic text by Iain F MacLeod and directed by Philip Howard will be at Dundee Rep from Tuesday 1 to Saturday 12 July.

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Marryat Hall (Caird Hall); Dundee City Square

Scottish Dance Theatre’s Scale is a pioneering, ambitious, multi-strand public art project with more fantastic activity coming up in Dundee.

On Friday 4 and Saturday 5 July Scottish Dance Theatre’s exceptional dancers will perform a new work Human Scale, choreographed by Fleur Darkin with costume design by Linbury Prize winner, Alexander Ruth, and original music played live by The One Ensemble, Glasgow-based brainchild of Daniel Padden. Performances are at 8pm in Marryat Hall (Caird Hall).

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On Sunday 6 July for one day only, Dundee’s City Square transforms into a lively and visually stunning park. Everyone, aged 0-99 is invited to join the party for a fun filled festival featuring performances by Dundee Rep Ensemble, Scottish Dance Theatre, The One Ensemble and many others including a special finale performance by Plan B’s The Shoogle Project. There’ll also be face-painting, dress-up box, yoga, hip-hop dance, storytelling, and much, much more!

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Dundee City Square

Dance-along to classic movie Grease at an outdoor screening on Saturday 26 July, in City Square. The fun starts with the audience learning moves from key moments in the film. Then the film begins and everyone joins in the dancing during the key unforgettable scenes we know and love, breaking into a huge shake down for the finale.

To add to the party atmosphere, audiences are encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters from the movie, and make the day complete by bringing a picnic.  No booking required, just come along on the day. Everyone is welcome.

This fantastic range of projects is in addition to Cooper Gallery; DCA; and The McManus showing work as part of the nationwide celebration of 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland GENERATION, and the Commonwealth Ceilidh in City Square on Friday 27 June with music from Whisky Kiss and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society taking place as part of the City’s celebrations for the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life, and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding.

Janet Archer, chief executive of Creative Scotland, said: “It’s fantastic to see this exciting work being presented in Dundee and I’d encourage everyone to join in with and enjoy the events.”

Eileen Gallagher, independent director on the Glasgow 2014 Board and chair of the Ceremonies, Culture and Queen’s Baton Relay Committee, said: “The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is offering people the opportunity to be part of the Games wherever they are. With something for all the family, in popular local settings and an inspiring range of shows and activity, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

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Notes to Editors:

  1. The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the XX Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4,500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of 15,000 volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.
  2. Glasgow 2014’s official partner level sponsors are Longines, SSE, Virgin Media, BP, Emirates and Ford. For more information on Glasgow 2014’s full sponsor family, please visit
  3. Glasgow 2014, the Commonwealth Games Federation and UNICEF are working together in an exciting partnership that will transform the lives of children in Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth. Using the power of sport and culture this unique partnership aims to inspire, enable and empower the children of the Commonwealth to be the best they can be.
  4. The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a national celebration. Culture 2014 is showcasing dance, theatre, music, visual arts, comedy and much more in the run up to and after the Commonwealth Games, with Festival 2014 transforming the Host City at Games time. The Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life, and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding.
  5. GENERATION is being delivered through a partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland and Glasgow Life, and is supported by Creative Scotland.

Media Contact

Brian Maycock
Interim Media Relations and PR Officer, Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme
T: 0330 333 2000
D: 0131 523 0046
M: 07972 835 212

Gordon Boag
Cultural Press Officer, Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee
T: 030 2014 0000
D: 030 2014 0160

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