Pic Alan Richardson Dundee, Pix-AR.co.uk
NEoN digital arts festival in Dundee
Dundee has become the first UNESCO City of Design in the UK, a prestigious award that recognises the huge contribution the city has made to design worldwide. The designation, which has previously been awarded to just 12 cities including Beijing, Berlin and Montréal, is awarded after a city meets tough criteria set by the United Nations organisation. Today Bilbao (Spain), Curitiba (Brazil), Helsinki (Finland) and Turin (Italy) have also received the same designation. These include having an established design industry or industries, a cultural landscape fuelled by design and the built environment, design schools and design research centres, practising groups of creators and designers, and design-driven creative industries.