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Art Night Dundee – A Festival with community firmly at it’s centre

Art Night Dundee is a contemporary art festival, presenting ambitious new work by artists who are at pivotal points in their careers. . Art Night takes place in public spaces and civic buildings, free of charge and open to all.

The Festival is rooted in the community and the organisation focuses on ‘decentralisation’ – working with local groups and artist-run spaces, partnering with local organisations and practitioners to ensure that their programme is embedded in place. 

On 24 June 2023, Art Night presented 10 commissions by both local and internationally-celebrated artists across civic and public spaces in Dundee. This was complemented by Inwith, a programme highlighting a cross section of Dundee’s expansive art and communities programming.

Upwards of 15,000 people attended and took part in ambitious live events and installations, across sound, performance and film. There were 10 commissions, 12 projects as part of Inwith, 10 workshops and events, and a total of 35 sites used. 168 people were employed as part of the festival, including 71% who were local to Dundee, and the majority of whom were based in Scotland. The festival supported local businesses, with some doubling, tripling or even quadrupling their turnover compared to a normal Saturday.