Blue Skies Festival


Inaugurated and curated Blue Skies - Dundee’s festival of ‘kite flying, stargazing and rainbow chasing’. A festival that included giant origami, paper plane making and set design workshops as well as film screenings, dance and live music performances. Blue Skies took place in August in 2011, 2012 & 2013

Events included:

Kite flying, rocket launching, origami and drama and scenery making workshop at the annual Celebration in the Park event

New commissions by Smallpetitklein dance company and visual artists Alistair McClymont, Pernille Spence and Keiko Mukade

Rehearsed reading of Little Eagles by Rona Munro presented by Dundee Rep Ensemble in the impressive surroundings of Broughty Ferry Castle

Performance by British Championship winning ice skaters with 2013 Scottish Album of the Year shortlisted band Remember Remember at Dundee Ice Arena

Kite flying, rocket launching, origami, paper plane making, and drama and scenery making workshop at the annual Celebration in the Park event

Paper aeroplane championships!

Special screening of the classic ’80s film Top Gun accompanied by a squadron of guitarists in Dundee Airport check-in lounge.

The festival will close with an evening of music, performance and stargazing at Mills Observatory timed to coincide with the Perseid meteor shower.

Clive Gillman, Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts said:  “The Blue Skies Festival is always a really inspiring time to think about all of the great places and partners that exist in the city and how we might work together to make some magical things happen. This year promises to expand on last year’s festival and is particularly exciting in light of Dundee’s shortlisting for UK City of Culture 2017. It’s great to see how the city can become one great big space for art that is smart, imaginative and even funny!”

Blue Skies was brought together by a partnership of arts organisations from across the city of Dundee, led by DCA.  Participating organisations include: Big Sky, DCA, Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee Science Centre, Hot Chocolate, Leisure and Culture Dundee, Scottish Dance Theatre and Smallpetitklein.

Photo is from Stray Bird by Pernille Spence, commissioned for the Blue Skies Festival, photo by Alan Richardson