Dundee to host pro-EU family festival and march

A day of art, music and discussion is to take place in Dundee next month.

Organised by EU citizens who have made Scotland their home, a festival reflecting on the ties between the country and its continental partners will take place on Saturday July 14.

Speakers including Glasgow Lord Provost Eva Bolander, Scottish Greens co-convener Maggie Chapman and broadcaster Billy Kay will be at the event, which organisers say will be child-friendly and for people of all nations.

Glasgow Provost Eva Bolander

A march will start in Albert Square at 11am, before a fun day featuring games for children, face painting and food at the Tayside Deaf Hub from 1.30pm.

The day is being organised by the group EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland, as part of efforts, planners say, to mitigate the “negative” experiences many European “new Scots” have had since the country voted to leave the EU.

Creative director Ellen Joelle Hofer noted Dundee’s higher than average population of EU residents meant it was the ideal city for such an event.

Originally from Germany, Ellen moved to Scotland in 2008 and identifies as an “EU new Scot”, recognising her European identity as well as her willingness to call herself Scottish.