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REPRESENTATIVES of some of the world’s most creative and innovative regions will be in Dundee this week to see the city’s regeneration and future plans.

The Districts of Creativity (DC) Network was formed in 2004 to foster the exchange of best practice and experiences of stimulating creativity and innovation in business, culture and education.

Will Dawson convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “Our recognition as a UNESCO City of Design has put us fairly and squarely on the cultural map and 44 delegates from across the globe will see for themselves in the next few days why we thoroughly deserve that accolade.

“They will see how culture and collaboration have contributed to our regeneration with presentations from academics, games industry experts, students, and cultural organisations as well seeing with their own eyes the transformation on the ground.”

Delegates from countries including the Netherlands, Belgium, USA, Brazil, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Spain and Italy will spend a day in Dundee as well as a day in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Both city universities and the waterfront development are on the visitors’ itinerary where they will hear a number of short presentations on subjects including collaboration and creativity as well as having a chance to discuss the issues.

Among the speakers will be Professor Gregor White, head of the school of arts, media and computer games at Abertay University; Gillian Easson of Creative Dundee, student.

John Brengman, who is leading a team working with scientists on a game to cure tuberculosis and Colin Anderson, games industry expert and managing director of Denki.

Delegates will also take part in a workshop looking at how an effective culture of collaboration and creativity can be embedded in a city, what can be learned from Dundee’s experience and what the city can glean from other global success stories.

Dundee will play host to the cultural delegation on Wednesday (October 28).

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