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Dundee hosts Commonwealth Games Cultural Celebrations
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 1000 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. To find out more visit: http://www.grinagog.co.uk/content/productions_the_pokey_hat/
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.
For more information and to book your free ticket visit: http://www.scottishpen.org/news/events/reinterpreting-womens-stories-using-the-surreal-and-the-mythological
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. To buy tickets visit: http://www.dundeerep.co.uk/event/fatherswords
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).
To book tickets visit: http://www.cairdhall.co.uk/event/?id=14814
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!
To find out more visit: http://www.scottishdancetheatre.com
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.”
To find out more details about what’s happening in Dundee and throughout Scotland visit: www.glasgow2014.com/culture
Dundee Channel 31-01-13 Enterprise Show
The Dundee Channel visited the Enterprise Training and Jobsfair at the Caird Hall in Dundee.
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The Dundee Channel new format
While the kids are off school this October and peoples attention may be diverted elsewhere the Dundee Channel is moving forward to bring a more relevant news service across the internet. The Channel are testing new presenter led formats to respond to their growing audience. Scott Somerville who founded the Channel in 2009 is returning to the screen to anchor the Channel and personally oversee the development of these new formats. The Channel last featured presenters in February 2010. Over the last few weeks The Dundee Channel has also been featuring content from other sites relevant to its technology savvy audience. The Channel now has 3 editors who oversee all of the content and are leading its news drive.
Dare to be Digital 2012 – the race for a BAFTA begins
15 teams of five students have to build a brand new game in just nine weeks. All the games go on show to thousands of members of the public at the free Dare ProtoPlay computer games festival on 10-12 August in Dundee’s Caird Hall.
Hosted and run by the University of Abertay Dundee, Dare to be Digital gives exceptionally talented students a life-changing opportunity to be mentored by games industry experts – and to take the stage at the BAFTA Video Games Awards as winners.
Professor Louis Natanson, who leads computer games education at Abertay University, said: “This year’s Dare to be Digital is shaping up to be the best ever. Competition to even get into the contest has been incredibly intense, with over 100 teams applying from 13 different nations.
“The 15 teams have a major challenge ahead of them – to build a game to put on show to thousands of members of the public at our free video games festival, Dare ProtoPlay, in August. We wish them every luck because this is a very tough, but very rewarding, challenge as they look to start careers in the games industry.”
The 75 student finalists will receive mentoring from members of Dare’s Developer Accord, hugely respected games companies with global reach: Blitz Games Studios, Codemasters, Cobra Mobile, Denki, Digital Goldfish, Jagex, Outplay Entertainment, Rare, Ruffian Games, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Ubisoft.
Professor Natanson added: “We’re delighted at the strong support our partners in the games industry continue to show for Dare to be Digital and our free Dare ProtoPlay computer games festival.
“The students who start Dare today have a very good chance of being hired by some of the most exciting, most successful games companies in the world. We look forward to seeing their finished Dare games – as well as great, great things from them in the future.”
The games are developed for a wide range of platforms: Android tablet, iPad, iPhone, PC, PlayStation Vita, Smart Goggles, Xbox 360, Xbox Kinect and Windows Phone 7.
Last week the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop confirmed the Scottish Government’s continued support for Dare to be Digital, with £85,700 enabling teams from China, India and Finland to take part this year.
The full list of nations represented at Dare to be Digital 2012 is: China, England, Finland, India, Ireland, Israel, Scotland and Spain.
Dare to be Digital runs from Monday 11 June for nine weeks, with the Dare ProtoPlay computer games festival open to the public from Friday August 10 to Sunday August 12 in Dundee’s Caird Hall. Last year saw over 9,000 people of all ages – from toddlers to grandparents – enjoying the fun-packed weekend.
At Dare ProtoPlay three winning teams are announced, who become the sole nominees for the BAFTA ‘Ones to Watch’ Award, a category created specifically for Dare to be Digital.
Click the photo below to play the video
Cash prizes up for grabs at Spring Festival’s Great Big Pub Quiz
ORGANISERS of the Dundee Spring Festival are looking for quiz brains to take part in the Great Big Pub Quiz which will be held on Thursday evenings during the event.
The Quiz will be held in the marquee bar on City Square from 6pm on Thursdays 26th April and 3rd & 10th May.
Entry is free and there will be cash prizes to be won. A maximum number of ten will be allowed in each team.
Anyone interested in testing their knowledge and winning cash at this fun event should complete a registration form which can be downloaded at www.marketsquaregroup.com and bring along to the marquee on the evening of the Quiz.
The festival, which is being organised in conjunction with City Centre Management (City Development, Dundee City Council), will run from 26 April to 13 May in Dundee city centre and will feature a Tudor chalet market with a great range of original foods, drink, crafts, clothing, jewellery, home furnishings and accessories from all over the world.
A covered performance area will be set up on the City Square in front of Caird Hall and visitors can enjoy a programme of live music, children’s entertainment and a themed bar.
RESURRECTION DAY 2012
Everyone is invited to join with local churches in celebration at ‘Resurrection Day’ at the Caird Hall, Dundee on Easter Sunday at 6.30pm. The event is one of the largest annual Easter celebrations in Scotland with attendances of up to 2000 in past years.
The speaker for 2012 is Alan McWilliam with worship from the Satellite Worship Collective. The special guests are Steph McLeod and El Gruer. The always popular ministry exhibition is open from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.
Admission to Resurrection Day is FREE. All are welcome
World Schools Debating Championship Grand Final
Yesterday saw the Grand Final of the World Schools Debating Championship 2011 with Singapore lifting the trophy for the first time. The Dundee Channel live streamed event has been archived and we hope to restore it here in 2014.
Scotland faced Australia in the debating semi finals
Team Scotland faced Team Australia at the World Schools Debating Championship 2011 in Dundee University this afternoon. Australia won and will now join Singapore in the live final tomorrow in the Caird Hall. Australia will be proposing and Singapore will be opposing. The Dundee Channel will stream the final live from around 2.30pm GMT.
Dare Protoplay to return to Dundee
The Caird Hall is preparing to host this years Dare Protoplay from Friday to Sunday. Organised by Abertay University 15 teams from around the world have been designing new computer games which the public are invited to come along and play then vote on. The teams are competing to win a BAFTA. Click the photo to watch our video
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