Dundee Design Festival Presents…Dundee Design Parade in celebration of the Year of Young People 2018.
More than 500 young people from across Dundee will come together to organise and take part in the first ever design-focused street parade celebrating design in all its forms in the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design.
2018 is the year Scotland puts its young people in the spotlight, showcasing their talents and contributions by creating new opportunities for them to shine.
Dundee’s youth communities are working in collaboration with the international UNESCO City of Design network – a network of 31 design cities including Bilbao, Berlin, Montreal and Detroit in preparation for the parade. The parade, a highlight event of Dundee Design Month, a month-long programme of over 50 inspiring design related activities, workshops, exhibitions, tours, talks and events, is lined up to take place on Saturday 26th May at 3pm leaving from Dundee City Square.
The 31 Dundonian youth groups including Rock Solid, LGBT Youth Scotland, Mix Up Theatre, Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, young people from The Corner and Dundee Youth Council have been meeting regularly to progress the detail of the parade, described as “a riot of colour, performance, music and design.”
“Dundee is part of global family of 31 design cities, including places as diverse as Berlin, Detroit and Shenzhen, as a result of being awarded UNESCO City of Design status in 2015.” said Anna Day, UNESCO Dundee City of Design Manager.
“31 global cities have given 31 Dundee youth groups a unique object representing their individual cities as inspiration for the Design Parade. The groups are busy interpreting their objects – everything from hockey sticks from Montreal, go-karts from Turin and a football from Buenos Aires - in different ways, producing an eclectic mix of movement, music and costumes which will be showcased in the parade.
Professional designers currently working in the city are backing the young people focused event by meeting up with the groups to give workshops on the process of design and help develop their ideas.
Pictured preparing for the parade are Dundee West Police Scotland Youth Volunteers.
Sammy Keith, Community Development Officer, Police Scotland Youth Volunteers said,
‘We are absolutely delighted to be involved in the parade. For Dundee to be part of a group of global network alongside cities like Beijing, Singapore and Montreal makes this project even more exciting. Dundee is an incredible place to be at the moment and its great to involve our youth volunteers in as much as we can, with 2018 being Scotland’s Year of Young People what better way to celebrate than to showcase the creativity of Dundee’s young people.’
Anna Day, Manager UNESCO City of Design Dundee said,
“We’re excited that the first ever Dundee Design Parade is an international co-production, shaping up to be a riot of colour, music and design and showcasing a genuine collaboration between Dundee’s young people and the international UNESCO design network.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said
“We are delighted to be supporting the Dundee Design Parade as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People celebrations. The parade is an incredible opportunity for young people to express themselves through art and design and to showcase their unique talents and skills. As all eyes are on Dundee in 2018, this international co-production between Dundee’s young people and the international UNESCO design community further reinforces Scotland as the perfect stage for events.”