The final regular episode of the year is here and it ends on the final part to the Opera Festival Scotland specials.

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On today’s episode, I talk with Paul Clancy from Dundee City Council and Michael Jamieson who is the festival director at Opera Festival Scotland.

You can listen to the episode below:

And if you want to support Dundee Culture, please consider donating either a one-off payment or a small monthly payment on Ko-Fi:


The final regular episode of the year is here and it ends on the final part to the Opera Festival Scotland specials.

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On today’s episode, I talk with Paul Clancy from Dundee City Council and Michael Jamieson who is the festival director at Opera Festival Scotland.

You can listen to the episode below:

And if you want to support Dundee Culture, please consider donating either a one-off payment or a small monthly payment on Ko-Fi:

Dundeecast will return at Christmas! Until then, stay safe!


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This week marks the beginning of the end of the first volume of episodes to Dundeecast and it has been great! I wanted to end the first volume by having two episode specials with representatives from Opera Festival Scotland.

Opera Festival Scotland is an event which is planning on coming to Dundee in 2021. The festival will take place across the city but primarily in venues such as the Caird Hall and the V&A Dundee.

This new festival was always planned to take place in 2021 and it is expected to be held every two years. …


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What is Stay Safe Dundee?

Stay Safe Dundee is Dundee Culture’s social media campaign on raising the awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign was set up in September after the Dundee is Open campaign closed and merged with the Stay Safe Dundee after four months.

The Stay Safe Dundee campaign has and will continue to update the people of Dundee on COVID-19 for as long as it will take.

Why did Dundee Culture create the Stay Safe Dundee campaign?

The COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest crisis to hit the world since the Second World War thus making it the biggest crisis this century.

Dundee Culture believes that letting the people of Dundee know what is happening in the city is vitally important. …


This week’s episode sees Andrew talk with Kirsty Thomson who is the founder and CEO of the Circle

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Today’s episode of Dundeecast features Kirsty Thomson who is the CEO of the Circle. The Circle is a More for Profit business which was set up by Kirsty with the aim of helping up and coming social enterprises, charity workers, trustees, commercial business leaders by offering space, consultancy and co-operation.

Kirsty started her own business called ACK (Along Came Kirsty) which offered business consultancy services. Kirsty later went on to start the Circle where she amalgamated ACK into it.

Now, the Circle is a thriving business which has helped various organisations around the city. …


Andrew speaks with Karen Ward who is the owner of Bladez Hair and Beauty Salon and Dundee Hair Bank.

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Karen runs her own salon Bladez Hair and Beauty in the city’s Panmuirfield Village and also runs the recently established Dundee Hair Bank which helps donate wigs to those suffering from alopecia and cancer.

Alopecia is something Karen has passionately raised awareness of and she wanted to help others with the condition.

Find out more about Karen’s journey by listening to this week’s Dundeecast episode here:

And if you want to support Dundee Culture, please consider donating either a one-off payment or a small monthly payment on Ko-Fi:


Dundee has so much in common with Dragons — the mythical fire-breathing creature.

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Dundee Culture has chosen a green dragon as its November design as it reflects the city’s connection to dragons. I thought it would be great to pay homage to that connection.

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The city seems to have adopted the dragon as its symbol. So much so it is even featured on the city’s coat of arms — but we’ll come to that later.

From a personal point of view also, my zodiac sign is a Dragon as I was born in 2000 — which is the fifth of Chinese zodiac symbols. …


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In 1828, Logie Works one of the largest mills was opened in Dundee. Known as the Coffin Mill locally because of it’s shape. It has now been turned into flats, but the mill has always had a reputation for being haunted.

It is said that a girl can be seen walking across the bridge that connects two parts of the factory. Some people say that she was thrown from the bridge by the manager of the mill after he found out she was pregnant (presumably to him), while others say she was dragged into one of the machines and killed.

At that time it was quite common for this to happen and the life expectancy of mill workers was just 24 years old.

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Den o’ Mains, located near Mains Castle, is popular with dog-walkers, who enjoy taking leisurely strolls past the ponds. However, if you’re thinking of taking a shortcut across the park at night, be careful you never know who you might meet along the way.

There is a witness report from 1960 from a couple in the area of Caird Park who walked past a Victorian gentleman and woman pushing a pram.

They said that they saw the clothes clearly, could hear the wheels of the pram in the gravel and that they were so close they could have touched them but when they turned around they had gone.

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Andrew Batchelor

Award Winning Dundee Ambassador / Founder of Dundee Culture / Digital Leaders, V&A Dundee and ILF Scotland Ambassador

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