Inflatable monkeys, Roars Not Whispers, Dundee Partnership latest

If you were passing the City Square yesterday, you could not help notice the appearance of a 30ft inflatable monkey (see right).
Six of these have appeared round Scotland to officially launch the Six Cities Design Festival I have referred to in previous blog entries. You can see the news item about this from Dundee on stv news last night by clicking the headline above.
Was interviewed yesterday by Nick Henderson of Roars Not Whispers – a joint project between the Scottish Youth Parliament and Oxfam in Scotland. The project is a youth led initiative focusing on social justice issues which are important to young people, locally, nationally and internationally. Nick and his colleague are making a video about different attitudes to poverty in Dundee and they’ve promised me a copy of the completed video in due course. Meantime, if you want to know more about Roars Not Whispers, you can contact Nick at
Lastly, the latest Dundee Partnership Digest outlining the latest activity of the Dundee Partnership is now available at :

Six Cities Design Festival Update

Towards the end of last month, I mentioned Dundee’s participation in the Six Cities Design Festival (click on headline above to view story).
If you’ve passed the City Square recently, you can’t but help notice the work underway to transform the Square into a temporary park (see right). As the Six Cities’ website puts it :
“Dundee City Council’s Landscape Design Team had the incredible opportunity to construct a park in City Square. Using revolutionary synthetic yarns manufactured in Dundee, the design team plan to roll out the ‘green carpet’ across the city’s civic space to create Design Park. This temporary space will act as the Dundee Festival Information Point and challenge us to think about the design of our public space.”
You can read more about Dundee’s participation at :