The Rebooted Festival aims to see the city of Dundee in a new light

The West Bell Street car park was built on an old cemetery in Dundee.

A series of new walking trails and coloring book have been created as part of a radical reboot of the Dundee Design Festival to ensure it can return in a format safe for Covid, Thursday through October 3.

The festival has already seen major showcases of the work of artists, designers and architects, held in a former printing house and shopping center.

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It is hoped that this year’s edition will help locals and visitors to “look at the world a little differently and better understand the design process”.

The historic Dundee gas plant is to be transformed by the first Eden project in Scotland.

Pop-up design houses featuring activities, games and workshops are created amidst half-hour walking trails in four parts of town – Finlathen, Stobswell, Hilltown and the waterfront – while the festival will have also an online incarnation.

The new coloring book was created using images captured by photographer Kathryn Rattray and illustrations by artist Dana Ulama.

The festival will spotlight Bella Keyzer, a wartime shipyard worker who has been honored by the city for her fight for women’s equality, and the site of the Scottish Submarine Base, which was established on Dundee Docks in 1909.

The Bowbridge Works jute mill, which was once dominated by a huge stone camel, the former electrical substation now home to a pigeon racing club and the Morgan Academy, the castle-like school building dating from 1850, will also be celebrated.

Scotland’s first municipal housing estate, a ‘cordoned off’ car park built over a historic cemetery, a rocket-shaped water tower described as ‘like something from the war of the worlds’, the first savings bank in the Dundee town and historic customs house are all recognized.

Highly regarded Dundee institutions like the Forte Cafe, which dates back to the 1940s, the football fields at Dens Park and Tannadice, and the “DJCAD” art school building are all featured, along with the old factories. gas station, which has been allocated to the Eden Project attraction proposed by the city. The arctic research vessel Discovery and the city’s new V&A museum will be in the spotlight.

The festival will recall key moments in Dundee’s history, including an 18th century tsunami, a seven-year battle to build public toilets for women in the city, the construction of the ‘Hilltown Multis’ apartments, the disappearance of its tram network. and the creation of an aqueduct to increase its water supply.

Annie Marrs, Senior Manager, UNESCO City of Design Dundee, said: “When Dundee became a UNESCO City of Design in 2014, hosting a big design festival was high on the to-do list.

A camel can be found on the gates of the old Bowbridge factory where there was a huge stone version that went missing under mysterious circumstances. Photo: Alan Richardson

“We always intended to host a festival in 2021. The pandemic forced us to rethink the way we worked, the places we wanted to work and the people we worked with.

“Organizing a big event, in a space where many people gather, just seemed impossible.

“But we’re a design festival and a team of designers, so all we really needed to do was rethink what a festival was.”

Dundee’s famous Forte Cafe on Dura Street dates from the 1940s. Photo: Alan Richardson
The “Hilltown Multis” feature in a new Dundee Design Festival coloring book.

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