Spring Life 2017


“The future of our past is in very safe hands”

Spring’s natural symphony of colour and optimism is dancing upon us once again and the warm tones of summer are singing just around the corner. Phil Cunningham’s quote above, taken from our Celtic Connections article, sums up the Celtic twilight spirit of our spring 2017 issue. Just like the ebb and flow of Mother Nature’s life cycle itself, there is a real feeling of the past being colourfully brought back to life again through a new generation of inspirational artists and characters. Our Scottish nation seems to be blossoming from its own ancient wintry past and is now embracing a new cultural spring awakening. Auld stories and ideas are being brought back to life and imaginatively retold by independently-minded and multi-talented Scots. This new generation of artists, writers, singers, actors, directors, musicians, storytellers, thinkers and characters from all walks of life are determined and ready to reinvent the future for all of us. So take personal inspiration from this cultural enlightenment throughout the year ahead, be bold and confident, always embrace your life with optimism and open-mindedness, and who knows what kind of future you will reinvent for yourself!

Come inside and meet the amazing female talent reinventing Scottish music at Celtic Connections. Read about one of Dundee’s most inspirational female musicians Alice Marra, who has just reinvented her own musical future in our Dundonian Life article. Craig Weir, one of Dundee’s new generation of forward thinking school teachers, is kicking up a Celtic Storm in Music Life. Meet The Scaffies, a band of theatrical Dundonians who break box office records for a laugh and reinvent history in the process. Join us on the set of Dundee’s first ever feature film and meet some of the dreamers and Schemers behind it. Scottish movie director Kyle Titterton gives us his review of T2 Trainspotting and City Life learns that we can all become Daniel Blake in our I, Daniel Blake review. Simple Minds and Dundee’s Ged Grimes prove they are still alive and kicking in our Music Review. Discover Scotland’s best camping spots in our Travel Scotland article and treat the family to a traditional homemade fish pie in our Food and Drink article.

There’s plenty to keep you busy on our What’s On page. Check out the special events happening at the Dundee Museum of Transport. Get your tickets booked for Alice Marra and The Gaels Blue Orchestra. Don’t miss the new play by John Quinn, O Halflins an Hecklers an Weavers an Weemin’, and get your dancing shoes ready for Showcase the Street Presents Dance Eat Perform Repeat.

Refresh your spring wardrobe in our Fashion article. There’s a new beat in town in Health and Fitness, and get fresh faced in Hair and Beauty. It’s all about home cinema sound In the Home and take the inside out In the Garden. Buying a classic car proves to be a wise choice On the Road. There are ten easy ways to save in our Financial article and as always we have our Puzzles and Games and Kids’ Corner to keep all the family occupied.