3rd Birthday Special Issue

“We live in a city that people have tried to write off time and time again, it’s the survival mechanism, we are great survivors, we have learned how to survive, it’s that thing that makes us who we are… spirit of survival!”

Welcome to the autumn 2017 – 3rd birthday special issue of City Life Dundee magazine. We can’t quite believe it’s been three years since we dared to dream and launch City Life back in 2014. Our first front cover and major interview that fateful autumn was with Hollywood actor Brian Cox, born and bred in Stobswell, and here we are three years later pinching ourselves that we have put together one of our best ever celebrations of creative and inspirational Dundonians. Brian Cox was spot on in his quotation above, from that time; Dundonians really do have a spirit of survival. So, come on inside this birthday special and meet a whole array of inspirational Dundonians who dared to dream, and have lived and breathed that survival spirit and transformed themselves, just like Brian Cox did, from their humble beginnings into creative success.

Join Ged Grimes and Jim Kerr of Simple Minds on their Acoustic world tour in Music Life. Meet Danny Wilson’s Gary Clark who sings like an angel, live at Edinburgh Castle. Be creatively inspired by Dave McLean, Kit Clark, Saint Andrew, Kyle Falconer, Dave Bowman, Kevin McCabe, Steve Merton, Gary Robertson and a whole gallery of dreamers and Schemers behind one of Dundee’s most ambitious movie projects ever. Parade the fashion catwalk with Irving Miskell-Reid, the passion behind Face of Freedom 2017. Treat yourself to a short-haul holiday in our Travel article and go mad for mushrooms in our Food and Drink article.

There’s plenty to keep you busy this autumn on our What’s On page. Happy Mondays brighten up the Caird Hall on the 10th November. Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross is live at the Gardyne Theatre on 14th November. The Dundee Jazz Festival 2017 kicks off on 15th November. Scots Trad Music Live Act of the Year, Elephant Sessions, are coming to Clarks on Lindsay Street on the 19th November and The View play their final gig of 2017 on the 1st December.

Get ahead of your curves in Fashion. The water’s fine in Health and Fitness. Salon smooth hair at home is all yours in Hair and Beauty. Prints and patterns are trendy In the Home. Save time with tech In the Garden. Are SUV’s the ultimate drive On the Road? There are six steps to making your dreams a reality in our Financial article, and as always we have our Puzzles and Games and Kids’ Corner to keep all the family occupied this autumn.

Remember, our advertisers dared to dream once upon a time and have shown the same spirit of survival highlighted to keep their businesses open to us all, so support and trade with them as much as possible. Gain inspiration from one of Dundee’s youngest entrepreneurial dreamers, Earth’s Gemz, who brings deer antler back to life in the form of unique jewellery, and by one of Dundee’s oldest and most successful, Balhousie Care Group, who are celebrating 25 years in elderly care.

Go on, dare to dream…