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An example to all: Dundee joins Berlin and Barcelona as creative case study

An example to all: Dundee joins Berlin and Barcelona as creative case study

Dundee is the only Scottish city to be selected as a case study to demonstrate the best practices in supporting the cultural and creative industries.

Joining the likes of Barcelona, Amsterdam and Lisbon, Dundee has become one of just 70 European cities to be part of the Culture for Cities and Regions project.

The project was set up to highlight the best ways cities and regions can develop their own cultural offerings through looking at examples in other, perhaps more advanced, regions.

Dundee's four-page case study, called 'Creative Industries: Support for Growth', praises the way the city has embraced its recent history while continuing to move forward.

It states: "Dundee has demonstrated an all-encompassing approach, taking advantage of a prominent publishing history – the city is famed for comic books such as The Beano and The Dandy - and the growing games sector (Dundee is a joint-home of Minecraft), and a strategic focus on design, culminating in the recent award of UNESCO City of Design.

"Dundee is playing to its strengths, with an emphasis on the convergence of technology, science and culture. Two cutting-edge creative organisations – the Rep Theatre and Dundee Contemporary Arts - are very active at the local level, and have been drivers for the wider cultural life of the city.

"The city is also a pioneer of community engagement activities by reaching out to the peripheral housing estates to co-create new cultural programming via a very dynamic and digital-savvy approach, which is led by the Creative Dundee programme."

  (STV Dundee)
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Creative Dundee staged a public event at City Square last year, showcasing much of the city's creative scene.

Looking at various cultural outlets in Dundee, the report also praises the work of the Design in Action, the V&A Museum and Pop-Up Dundee.

As well as being chosen as a case study, Dundee was chosen as one of 15 cities that will host a study visit by people working in this field across Europe later this year.

Writing online, Creative Dundee, said the city's selection is "important recognition for everyone who works within the creative industries in Dundee".

Creative Dundee director Gillian Easson said: "This is great timing, coming after the city’s designation of UNESCO City of Design earlier this year; and ahead of the The Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into the creative industries in Scotland, which will see MPs visit Dundee and Edinburgh for its evidence sessions this Autumn.

"Then next year it is Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 which will celebrate the role of creativity and innovation across the country – this study is another solid step in the right direction."

The case study was submitted by Dundee City Council. You can see the entire report and read full Creative Dundee article online.

Or you can follow the entire Europe-wide project on Twitter by using the hashtag #CultureforCitiesRegions.

After Dundee was announced as the UK's first ever UNESCO City of Design, STV compiled 13 images that go some way to explaining why Dundee is such a thriving creative hub.

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Header image: Dundee City Council.

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