For details of cultural and design related events happening in and around the city, please visit and Creative Dundee.

You will find details of all future UNESCO City of Design events on this page.

Dundee Design Parade 2018

The first Dundee Design Parade took place on 26th May 2018 and celebrated Dundee and the network of UNESCO Creative Cities, especially our fellow UNESCO Cities of Design.

As part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, over 500 young people from 33 different youth groups from right across Dundee created some amazing artworks, banners, costumes, head-dresses and sculptures (including robots and cars) to form the lengthy parade.

Watch our video to get a feel for the event and all about it!


Factory Shop

Dundee Design Festival presents… Factory Shop


In partnership with Tilde Arts, Dundee Design Festival presents Factory Shop, a temporary exhibition and workshop space in the centre of Dundee.

Factory Shop is an exhibition of prototypes and products made in factories by designers Dawn Youll, Florence Dwyer, and Tommy Perman & Simon Kirby. The exhibition marks the culmination of the first Dundee Design Festival ‘Factory Residency Programme’ launched in 2017 in partnership with Make Works.

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Dundee Design Month

The First Dundee Design Month


It is now officially the first Dundee Design Month (May 2018) brought to you by UNESCO City of Design, Dundee. We’ve melded together the huge range of design activity that happens across the city in the month of May. In major venues, hidden corners, galleries, cafes, libraries and new spaces, we will introduce you to the makers, thinkers and doers who build on Dundee’s design foundations, making the city rich and vibrant.

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Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol. 21 TAKEOVER

Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol. 21 TAKEOVER will take place at the Whitehall Theatre on Wednesday 23 May 2018, 7pm -10pm, in partnership with Dundee Design Festival as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018! This event has been co-designed by local young people who have gained experience in selecting speakers (and speaking themselves), marketing, filming, hosting and social media. Book your tickets here before they sell out! Free tickets are available for young people.

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Dundee Design Parade


This year Dundee Design Festival embarks on an event like none other! The Dundee Design Parade is a celebration of the Year of Young People 2018 and of Dundee’s place in the global network of UNESCO Cities of Design.

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Dundee Design Festival 2017

Dundee, the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design, host its second design festival from Wed 24 – Mon 29 May 2017.

Taking place at West Ward Works the festival programme includes a stimulating series of workshops, performances, exhibitions and talks.

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Design Festival Programme

Design is everything, and everything connects.

Dundee, the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design is hosting the first Dundee Design Festival from the 25th – 28th May 2016.

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2016 Events Programme

2016 will be the first full year of activity for the UNESCO City of Design Dundee programme.


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Letters of Support

Dundee received a number of letters of support from cities within the UNESCO Creative City Network.


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Andrea Blick’s speech – City of Design Launch

Lord Provost, Cabinet Secretary, Ladies and Gentlemen I take great pleasure in attending

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Fiona Hyslop’s speech – City of Design Launch

Dundee becomes the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design.

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Launch Press Release

For immediate release: Tuesday 27 January 2015.

Three-day launch for Dundee’s UNESCO City of Design status

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Launch Programme

Dundee’s title as the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design launched with three days of celebrations from 29 – 31 January 2015.

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