Dundee to host Festival of Architecture finale
Light Nights to place spotlight on city's historic and contemporary buildings and spaces
From high-rise tenements to grand Georgian houses and world-renowned modern developments, the architecture of Scotland is vast and diverse. The Festival of Architecture, part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, has been a year-long affair, with events, exhibitions and tours organised to draw attention to the design and creativity involved in Scotland's architecture. Now, as the festival draws to a close, the city of Dundee prepares to host the grand finale.
Light Nights will place a spotlight on the city's historic and contemporary architectural spaces through a theme of past, present and future. Large-scale light installations, a torchlight procession, an architectural walking trail, art and design exhibitions and a night market will make up the spectacular two-night event.
Highlights include light installations on Kengo Kuma's V&A Museum of Design Dundee and The Steeple, which is home to Scotland's tallest surviving medieval church tower, as well as Lateral North's 3D timber map of Scotland at West Ward Works' and Kathy Hinde's Luminous Birds, which will be shown in a 16th century graveyard.
David Dunbar, Chair of The Festival of Architecture said: "It is a very fitting way to bring The Festival of Architecture to a close by celebrating Dundee's fine architecture of the past and the future at the Light Nights event. It's been a triumphant year with over 400 vibrant and varied festival events and 800,000 people from across Scotland getting involved and taking part. We are looking forward to an illuminating Finale for the Festival in Dundee this November."
As well as closing the 2016 Festival of Architecture, Light Nights will be centred around Dundee's Christmas lights switch-on event, marking the beginning of the city's festive celebrations.
Light Nights, various venues, Dundee, Fri 18 & Sat 19 Nov.