Online campaign for Dundee to be UK City of Culture 2017 backed

We Dundee Campaign
We Dundee: Campaign calls on residents to show their support.We Dundee

Support has grown for an online campaign for Dundee to be the UK City of Culture in 2017.

We Dundee is a community campaign which aims to collect 2017 supporters online by asking them "What surprises you about the city?".

It has now been backed by the principal of the University of Abertay Dundee, professor Nigel Seaton.

Professor Seaton, who moved to Dundee last year to take the post of Abertay University’s principal, gave his backing the week before the official bid document for UK City of Culture 2017 is submitted.

Professor Seaton said: “I’m delighted to be backing the We Dundee campaign for our beautiful, creative city to be awarded UK City of Culture status in 2017.

"Since moving to Dundee it has been a genuine pleasure to see just how much creative activity there is here, from the computer games and digital art students at Abertay, to the great work coming out of Duncan of Jordanstone, the thriving local music scene and much more.

"And with the V&A at Dundee project, there really has never been a more exciting creative and cultural time for Dundee.

"I’m calling for staff, students and alumni of Abertay University to back the bid for UK City of Culture, and for everyone who loves Dundee and cares about our city to get involved too."

Lyall Bruce, We Dundee campaign organiser from Fleet Collective, added: "It is really exciting that the city has taken to the We Dundee project in this way and that we have the support of Professor Seaton and Abertay University.

"For too long Dundee has not shouted about itself and its great cultural heritage and resources. This really feels like the start of an amazing journey for our city and its people, and we're confident that Dundee is a very strong contender for UK City of Culture 2017."

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