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Ignite Dundee festival launched

30 April 2015

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Contemporary dance and laser cutting launched the festival programme for Ignite Dundee 2015 today (Thursday 30 April).

Ignite Dundee showcases the amazing range of culture and creativity the city has to offer, including degree shows, exhibitions, talks, workshops and open studios. The festival runs from Friday 8 to Sunday 31 May.

Dundee and Angus College students Glen McArtney and Katherine Whale gave a dance performance to launch the programme, followed by Dundee MakerSpace organiser Grant Richmond demonstrating laser cutting.

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Stewart Murdoch, chair of UNESCO City of Design Dundee and Dundee's‎ Director of Leisure and Communities, said: “Dundee is an incredibly proud creative city and each May we lift the lid on the many talented students and creative entrepreneurs who live and work here.

“The Ignite Dundee festival pulls together many of the city’s strengths, from the Abertay and University of Dundee degree shows to open studios, workshops and talks.

“Part of Dundee’s case to become the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design was its cultural heritage and vibrant communities, which Ignite Dundee once again puts on show right across the city.

“There really is something for everyone to enjoy, whether you want to learn a new creative skill or be inspired by the hard work of Dundee’s varied creative communities."

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Major festival attractions include the Abertay University and University of Dundee degree shows and the Dundee and Angus College end of year exhibition, as well as open days at Dundee MakerSpace and the Tin Roof arts collective.

DCA is showcasing the work of influential artist, designer and stylist Maripol, who worked with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, while They Had Four Years shows new sculpture, installation, performance and video from recent graduates of Scottish art colleges.

The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum is showing Classical Art: The Legacy of the Ancients, an exhibition exploring the continuing influence of ancient Greek and Roman culture, and hosting From Shackleton to the Suffragettes, an evening of art, music and famous characters from Dundee’s past.

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Free public talks are also on offer from the designer of Dundee Rep’s upcoming production of Great Expectations, the curator of Spring / Summer 2015 at DCA, the Executive Producer of the Olivier Awards at the University of Dundee, and interactive media artists Blast Theory at Abertay University.

Interactive sessions include learning block printing from designer Nikki McWilliams, trying mini-workshops for all ages at the Forgan Arts Centre over the Tay, and people sharing their aspirations for Dundee being the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design.

The festival is a partnership between Abertay University, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee and Angus College, Dundee – One City Many Discoveries, Dundee Rep Theatre, Leisure and Culture Dundee, University of Dundee and V&A Dundee. The festival’s media partner is The Skinny.

For the full festival programme, please visit the Ignite Dundee website.

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