Dundee will come alive with culture this week for a five-day design festival — and organisers say it’s going to be bigger than ever.
Dundee Design Festival will run from tomorrow until Monday, with West Ward Works once again acting as the main base.
Last year’s inaugural festival — produced by Sion Parkinson — attracted more than 7,000 visitors and it is hoped that even more people will enjoy a host of activities this time.
Art lovers and families can enjoy a vast range of events from exhibitions and talks to workshops and film screenings.
This year’s theme is “Factory Floor”, acknowledging the global shift in design practice where designers and makers are blending forms of production.
Festival manager Anna Day told the Tele: “Last year we managed to get just over 7,000 people through the door which was more than we were expecting. We’d obviously love even more people to come and visit this year. We’ve learned a lot from last year.
“We’ve opened things up more to children and families so they can take part in more activities.
“The economic aspect has two sides to it because we want to get people to come to the city, use the hotels and boost tourism by holding big festivals such as this.
“But it’s also about celebrating the city with the people who live here and opening things up for them to enjoy and be a part of.”
Print City — Print Festival Scotland’s biggest event to date — is one of the main highlights of the festival.
The exhibition will celebrate the art of screen printing on a giant scale.
Anna added: “The theme is based around factories as well as the making and doing that surrounds them.
“Print City is absolutely incredible. The city is basically recreated out of cardboard and people can come and shape their own image of Dundee.
“One thing that’s important to remember is that although this is very much based on design, it’s not all about viewing.
“There’s a lot to do and we’ve got things like screen printing and badge-making, while there’s work going on with the Dundee Comic Centre — there’s loads for people to get involved with.”