Strategy to Support Growth of Dundee Events Proposed

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A proposed push to support the growth of events in Dundee over the next five years is to be considered by councillors.

Following on from the huge success of BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend at Camperdown Park earlier this year, a new focus is being recommended to promote Dundee as an attractive location to host events.

The strategy sets out at how the council and partners in the public and private sectors can collaborate to ensure that the city benefits economically, and that local people can participate by playing a role as volunteers, as well as attending.

It looks at how community, cultural, commercial and sporting events can be encouraged and how further activity can be generated over the five-year period.

The strategy aims to deliver a diverse programme contributing to local pride and a city that is a thriving, vibrant, contemporary place to live, work, study and invest.

Councillor Steven Rome, Fair Work, Economic Growth and Infrastructure convener explains: “Events of all sizes play an important role in the life of Dundee, making it an attractive place to live and visit. They are for everybody and can help improve the quality of life across the city.

“We are keen to get the message across clearly that Dundee is open for events business and that we have a ‘can-do’ attitude to ensure that events can be staged safely and successfully.

“The council is unable to carry out this strategy in isolation and we will work together with others across the public and private sectors to develop and deliver more events in the city.

“Partners in Dundee enjoy a long track record on events and we are looking to build on this for the future.

“The strategy is ambitious in its outlook as we are determined to create opportunities that will make Dundee a better place for everyone.”

The city’s diverse variety of spaces and places to hold events of varying sizes is outlined in the strategy, alongside highlights of gatherings including Westfest, the Summer (Bash) Street Festival and the WUKF World Karate Championship.

Councillors on the Fair Work, Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee will consider the events strategy at its next meeting on Monday November 20.

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