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Festival of Museums 2018

Saturday 19 May
Drop-in programme 12noon-4pm. FREE.
Ticketed evening event 6.30-9pm, £5/£2.50 concessions, bookable via eventbrite –

Join us for a special day and evening of activities and creativity, as we connect the historical and contemporary in this year's Festival of Museums at The McManus. The theme for 2018 is  Generation | Dundee, inspired by our current portraiture exhibitions from Dundee's permanent collections and Scotland's Year of Young People. We're encouraging audiences from generations young and young at heart to come together and explore and share their experiences of identity, family and community, with free drop-in activities throughout the afternoon.

Highlights include showcase performances from local young musicians, dancers, and poets. There will also be curator and conservator gallery talks, with pop-up living history theatre performances that will take us back in time to reveal the lives of past generations of young people, including the Mills Girls, from Dundee's jute mills. Visitors can even hang out with the 60's Dundee Mods and hear tales from the Hap Coffee Bar.

Event goers can drop in and meet young people in an ID:Jam session and take part in lots of cool creative activities that explore the theme of identity with the various activities streamed live and shared on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Tied in with current portraiture exhibitions, our Face to Face Studio will offer the chance to indulge in creating your own fun portraits using, backdrops, costumes and props, plus help to collage a giant portrait of the museum.

A special, ticketed evening dance performance - ‘Are Ye Dancin'? – We're Askin'! - invites audiences to embark on a fantastical and hilarious journey across generations of dance in the City. Using a mix of theatre, museum collections and audience participation, dancers of all ages will have their chance to jive, waltz and generally strut their stuff, culminating in a grand finale under the McManus Glitterball!

Festival of Museums is an annual 3-day treat of extraordinary, exciting and surprising events day and night in museums and galleries throughout Scotland. #FoM2018

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