Lifestyle and Culture

Dundee's artistic and cultural renaissance is progressing hand in hand with its economic regeneration. Dundee is the UK's first UNESCO City of Design and the city's traditions in literature, drama and art are flourishing. The hugely successful Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre (DCA), Dundee Rep Theatre and a thriving music scene, have contributed greatly to a renewed energy and vibrancy about the city's cultural life.

The award winning, £1billion transformation of Dundee City Waterfront, which encompasses 240 hectares of development land stretching 8km alongside the River Tay, is a strategic, focussed and forward looking 30 year project (2001-2031) that is propelling the city to international acclaim.

The V&A Museum of Design Dundee, due to open in 2018, will be housed in a world-class building at the heart of Dundee's waterfront. It will be the first ever design museum to be built in the UK outside London and will host major exhibitions, celebrate Scotland's design heritage, inspire and promote contemporary talent, and encourage design innovation for the future.

DCA has trailblazed its way to becoming one of the UK's leading artistic centres, attracting thousands of visitors each year to their exhibitions, workshops and cultural events which have helped place Dundee firmly on Europe's cultural map.

Dundee Rep is home to Scotland's only full-time acting ensemble and a contemporary dance company. The Rep produces an eclectic programme of high quality drama, comedy, music and dance, performing at home and touring nationally and internationally.

The £5m dance, theatre and conference centre The Space at Dundee College is home to the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance offering award-winning courses and attracting Europe's leading dance performers to stage shows and workshops in the city.

At the heart of the city centre, The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum offers a fascinating insight into Dundee through their exhibitions on art, history and the environment.

Festivals are central to Dundee's cultural scene with the highly successful Dundee Jazz Festival, Almost Blue, Literary Festival and the Dundee Flower and Food Festival all happening within the city. The Caird Hall plays host to a varied programme of performances from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to Rock Concerts and Theatrical Productions.