Discovery Film Festival 2016

Discovery Film Festival, Scotland’s International Film Festival for Young Audiences takes place from Saturday 22nd October until Sunday 6th November.
 
It is now in its thirteenth year.    Based at Dundee Contemporary Arts, and touring to partner venues throughout Scotland, the festival screens films from all over the world which have been specially programmed for young audiences.
 
The festival includes three exciting weekends of films, creative activities, and gala events, as well as two weeks of screenings and events for schools.
 
Discovery Film Festival aims to develop new audiences for the best in international film, improve media literacy and offer young audiences an insight into the lives of children and young people in other cultures.   The festival has been running since 2004 when it was started as a partnership with Dundee Education Development Department, Scottish Screen and DCA.
 
You can find out more about the festival here.
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Launch of Dundee as a UNESCO City of Design #cityofdesign

Yesterday, I was delighted to attend the packed launch event at the University of Dundee to recognise our city becoming a UNESCO City of Design, the first UK city to be given this prestigious recognition – see right
 
The launch event was part of three days of events that continue today at DCA.
 
Dundee’s bid focused on three approaches to design: place, covering architecture and redesigning Dundee, products, such as life-saving drugs, jewellery and computer games, and processes, including designing public services to support people.   
 
Only 17 cities around the world hold the UNESCO City of Design title, including Beijing, Berlin, Helsinki and Montreal, so this recognition for our city is a tremendous achievement.

Discovery Film Festival

Discovery Film Festival  :   Scotland’s International Film Festival for Young Audiences
 
Saturday 25th October – Sunday 9th November 2014
 
Discovery Film Festival is now in its eleventh year and starts today. 
 
Based at Dundee Contemporary Arts, and touring to partner venues throughout Scotland, the festival screens films from all over the world which have been specially programmed for young audiences.
 
The festival includes three exciting weekends of films, creative activities, and gala events, as well as two weeks of screenings and events for schools.
 
Discovery aims to develop new audiences for the best in international film, improve media literacy and offer young audiences an insight into the lives of children and young people in other cultures.
 
The festival has been running since 2004 when it was started as partnership with Dundee City Council’s Education Development Department, Scottish Screen and DCA.
 
You can find out more here.

Friends of Balgay AGM

Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Balgay, at the Mills Observatory.
 
Despite torrential rain, there was an excellent turnout to hear Clive Gillman (see right), Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts, give a very interesting presentation about Dundee’s bid for UK City of Culture 2017.
 
Friends of Balgay can be contacted via their website contact form and would welcome your involvement in enhancing and protecting Balgay Park and Hill.

Discovery Film Festival: Scotland’s International Film Festival for Young Audiences

This year’s Discovery Film Festival takes place from 19th October until 3rd November and is now in its tenth year. Based at Dundee Contemporary Arts, and touring to partner venues throughout Scotland, the festival screens films from all over the world which have been specially programmed for young audiences.
 
The festival includes three exciting weekends of films, creative activities, and gala events, as well as two weeks of screenings and events for schools.
 
Discovery aims to develop new audiences for the best in international film, improve media literacy and offer young audiences an insight into the lives of children and young people in other cultures. The festival has been running since 2004 when it was started as partnership with Dundee Education Development Department, Scottish Screen and DCA.
 
The festival works with partner venues in Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow, Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire, Falkirk, Fife, and the Highlands and Islands to bring a selection of films from the Discovery programme to new audiences across Scotland.
 
Discovery Film Festival is a DCA project and is organised by Festival Producer and Cinema Youth Development Officer, Mike Tait. A team of Young Ambassadors (aged 15-18) work with the Festival Producer to programme films and advise on the overall design of the festival. A team of teachers and education consultants advise on the education programme and create Curriculum for Excellence relevant resources for classes visiting the festival.
 
Discovery would like to thank Dundee City Council Education Development Department and Fishers Tours for their ongoing support. We are also grateful to DCA’s partners and supporters: Creative Scotland, Dundee City Council Leisure and Communities Department, The University of Dundee, Scottish Enterprise and Europa Cinemas.
 
If you would like to support Discovery or get involved, email discovery@dca.org.uk.

Dundee’s second Blue Skies Festival!

This coming Saturday sees the start of the second Dundee Blue Skies festival, a week of kite flying, stargazing and rainbow chasing starts – and it runs until 11th August.    Blue Skies brings together cultural agencies from across the city to present you with an exciting mix of free events for all ages.   
 
Events include :
 
* Blue Skies at Celebration in the park – launch activities on Saturday 3rd August.
 
* Make Paper come alive – on Monday 5th August – at DCA.
 
* Top Gun – with extra guitars – on Saturday 10th August – at Dundee Airport.
 
* The Perseids – on Sunday 11th August – at the Mills Observatory.
 
There’s many other events as part of the Blue Skies Festival – see more at www.dundeeblueskies.co.uk – and what’s more, all are free of charge!