V&A Dundee's Young People's Collective. Photography by Julie Howden

A two-day festival celebrating design, music and performance will mark the opening of V&A Dundee and its place at the heart of Dundee’s transformed waterfront.

The 3D Festival – a name that pays homage to Dundee, design and the city’s spirit of discovery – will be co-designed by young people from across Dundee working alongside Scotland’s largest promoter and events company, DF Concerts and Events.

It will take place in Slessor Gardens at the centre of the Dundee waterfront, with the new museum designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma forming an impressive backdrop. It is supported by EventScotland, part of the VisitScotland Events Directorate, and by Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 event fund.

The festival will open on Friday 14 September, the eve of the museum’s official opening, with a one-off outdoor performance involving music, design and dance. It will continue on Saturday 15 September with family activities, hands-on design workshops, music and creative collaborations on the main stage.

Up to 20,000 people from Dundee, Scotland and around the world are expected to attend the key event in Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 – a year-long programme of events and activities that will give young people in Scotland the opportunity to show the world what they are made of.

V&A Dundee’s Young People’s Collective, a group of 16 to 25-year-olds from across the city, has spent the last six months planning the festival and will continue to help shape everything from who will perform to the stage sets.

The full festival line-up will be announced over the summer. Sign up to V&A Dundee at www.vandadundee.org for the latest news and updates about the 3D Festival and the chance to register for tickets when they’re released.

Image courtesy of V&A Dundee. Photograph by Ross Fraser McLean

Image courtesy of V&A Dundee. Photograph by Ross Fraser McLean

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