40 people took part in the sold-out Go Dundee City Journey 2011 on Saturday 4th June. Below is a video slideshow containing photos from the various venues that we visited together with a summary of a “Three Wishes for Dundee” discussion session.
The aim of the event was to visit places that are important to the city (e.g. socially, culturally, economically) but to which people don’t normally have access. The overall objective of Go Dundee events is to increase people’s sense of engagement, pride and confidence in their city.
The places included in the City Journey were:
Dundee House (new Dundee City Council offices)
This was a unique chance to take part in a guided tour of Dundee City Council’s brand new headquarters prior to council staff moving in, guided by Tommy Porter, Dundee City Council Project QS and hosted by Stewart Murdoch, Dundee City Council Director of Leisure and Communities.
Tayside House (top floor)
For most people this was their last chance to visit Tayside House before the demolition of this landmark building in 2011-12. We visited the top floor to take in the views and to hear a presentation on the exciting Dundee Waterfront and V&A Dundee projects from Mike Galloway, Director of City Development at Dundee City Council.
We heard about Dundee’s multi-award winning repertory theatre from (then) Chief Executive and Artistic Director James Brining and were treated to a backstage tour as the theatre prepared for the afternoon performance of ‘Anna Karenina’ by the Dundee Rep Ensemble, Scotland’s only full-time acting company. James Brining left in May 2012 to join the West Yorkshire Playhouse but has left Dundee Rep in the very capable hands of Philip Howard and Jemima Levick.
The Shore is a young person’s venue that provides a range of arts-related activities catering for the interests and needs of 10-19 year-olds. We heard about the range of activities that take place within this historic building and took a short tour. We also heard about Xplore, an organisation that provides individualised support and learning for young people. An excellent lunch was provided in The Shore’s café. The event was hosted by Gail Thomson, Manager of The Shore.
We visited STV’s Dundee studios from which the Tayside news bulletins are broadcast. The visit was hosted by Craig Millar, the STV News Tayside producer, who showed us around the studios and explained how local reports are gathered and delivered.
Dundee remains a global player in the field of computer games development and Tag Games creates games for the biggest platforms on the planet – mobile, handheld and online. We heard about the challenges and successes of computer games development in Dundee from Managing Director Paul Farley.
Dundee Science Centre
Following a quick look at the exhibits, participants had the chance to reflect on the day and were asked to discuss and agree three wishes for Dundee’s future. The results of this exercise are shown in the YouTube video below of can be found here. This visit was hosted by Hannah Crookes from Dundee Science Centre.
And finally, many thanks to National Express Dundee and our driver Alan (below) for providing our bus transport on the day.
The City Journey 2011 was organised by Go Dundee as part of A Dundee Wave of Change – a component of the nationwide project A Scottish Wave of Change which, as part of the Cultural Olympiad, is looking at the future of Scotland through stories.