What's on in Dundee in July 2012?
Event of the month
Robot - The Fantasy and Reality (until 30 September 2012)
This summer, Dundee Science Centre brings you a new and exciting exhibition all about robots! Featuring cutting edge technology and engineering, the show is split into two areas; Fantasy and Reality. - Sensation Science Centre, Greenmarket, Dundee DD1 4 QB - Find out more in our Sensational Robots blog post.
Infinite Jest (23 June 2012 - 26 August 2012) - Infinity is a tough concept for the human mind, but it's one we find ourselves drawn to. This intriguing exhibition, featuring three artists from around the world explores infinite loops, circular narration and möbius strips - Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY - www.dca.org.uk
A Wild Life: An Audience with Steve Backshall (2 July 2012) - Wildlife expert Steve Blackhall was last on our screens in his BBC series Lost Land of the Volcano. The Sunday Express called him "the next David Attenburgh" and his CV includes a spell as Adventurer in Residence at the National Geographic Channel, so he'll have plenty of stories as he comes to Dundee for this illustrated talk about his encounters with exotic wildlife - Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB - www.cairdhall.co.uk
Alfie Boe (11 July 2012) - Compared to other tenors in opera, Alfie Boe's rise to fame was as unconventional as some of the projects he's taken on since. He had years of conventional opera training and early dabblings with traditional opera, including a production in 1999 with Scottish Opera, before starring in Baz Luhrmann's Broadway production of La bohème. Since then he's had hit albums, sung in West End smash hit Les Misérables 25th Anniversary concerts, collaborated with Robert Plant and become a YouTube sensation by singing in Matt Lucas' kitchen. See the hugely popular singer in what will probably be a sold-out tour - Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB - www.cairdhall.co.uk
Factory Skatepark Annual Fun Day (21 July 2012) - The Factory has a long history in Dundee, from its initial home in an abandoned factory warehouse (now Dundee Contemporary Arts) to its current fantastic purpose built building. Charity-managed, it's a vibrant part of the local community and every year it hosts a fun day for all ages with bounces castles, climbing wall, face painting and maybe even some skating - Factory Skatepark, 15 Balunie Drive, Dundee, DD4 8PS - www.factoryskatepark.com
Scotland's Countryside Festival (28 - 29 July 2012) - There aren't many festivals to which you can take your dog and your ferret, but then this does call itself "Scotland's Friendliest Festival". This is real family entertainment with an emphasis on country pursuits. The events are unusual, even bizarre, but they're all the more charming for it. Watch The Drakes of Hazard's Indian Runner Ducks navigate an assault course. See dare-devil horseriding display team The Devil's Horsemen - legendary Hollywood stunt riders and horsemasters with credits including Game of Thrones and Merlin. View some of the 1300 vintage cars that will visit over the weekend. Or learn how to throw an axe. There will also be markets hosting a huge range of food, drink and craft producers, so you needn't leave empty handed - Glamis Castle, Angus, DD8 1RJ - www.glamis-castle.co.uk
Dundee Running Adventure Marathon and Half Marathon (29 July 2012) - Following Dundee's Green Circular Route over mixed and hilly terrain, this is not the race for you if you want to beat your fastest time. It's the big race in Dundee's running calendar, though, and it's very popular. If you want a challenge then you'll certainly find one to suit, whether it's in the marathon, the half marathon or the 3-person relay - Camperdown Park, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee, DD2 4TF - www.eventfull.biz/dramhalfdram.html