Dundee, the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design, is hosting its first Design Festival in May.
The Dundee Design Festival will take place in West Ward Works, a vast space that will be open to the public for the first time. The festival will take over one floor of the building and will include a large scale exhibition, talks, demonstrations and events for all ages.
Entry to the festival is free, but grab a ticket in advance to guarantee entry for either the morning or the afternoon sessions.
In 2010, West Ward Works was closed after more than 100 years of magazine and book production by DC Thomson. Originally production took place at Bank Street before moving to Guthrie Street in 1949.
This site was home not only to the printing and binding of DC Thomson titles for over 60 years, but also to the transport department, accommodating fleets of cars and lorries in the basement. Titles including Beezer, Twinkle, Black Bob, Sparky, and Topper were all produced at this site. Perhaps the most famous of all are the DC Thomson’s annuals. In the late 1960s and early 1970s more than 5 million books were being produced each year.