We Are 5
Saturday 16 September 2023
A free day of fun and celebration - everyone's invited!
Celebrate our 5th birthday with a full day of FREE exhibitions, the very best live music, tasty treats, extra-special tours, and loads of family fun!
Grab your free ticket to see our blockbuster exhibition, Tartan and be the first to explore our brand-new permanent display, Stories from the Building, telling the fascinating behind-the-scenes stories of how V&A Dundee was brought to life in 2018.
To celebrate we have a number of fab fives throughout the day:
5 Live music moments
Performances by Queen of Harps, Terra Kin, Kintra, and a rare chance to see Be Charlotte and Andrew Wasylyk perform together.
5 Street food stalls
Ooni Pizza Ovens with Pizza Geeks, Heather Street Food, Cheese on Coast, Heather Street Food J Van, and Percy the Horsebox.
5 Oak Room tours
Join us for an extra-special Curator-led tour of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Oak Room with access to the upper level.
5 Delish dishes
Delight your taste buds at Tatha, with five special dishes crafted to celebrate our 5-year journey.
Exhibitions & Displays
Tartan, 10.00 - 19.00
Free walk-up tickets available in the museum on the day to our current blockbuster exhibition. Last entry 19.00.
Stories from the Building, 10.00 – 22.00, Locke Hall
Be the first to uncover the incredible story of our iconic building.
Dundee City Pipe Band, 10.00 – 10.30, Main entrance
Feel the Tartan passion with a rousing welcome from the inspiring community group.
Lost In The Grid with Urban Moves, 11.00 – 11.10 & 13.00 – 13.10, Upper foyer
High-energy Tartan-inspired performances by local young people’s street-dance group.
Terra Kin, 15.00 – 15.30, Locke Hall
Glaswegian singer-songwriter, recently crowned BBC Introducing Scottish Act of the Year 2023.
Queen of Harps, 17.00 – 17.30, Tatha
Shetland-based performer with a unique blend of hip-hop, spoken word and classical harp.
Kintra, 19.00 – 19.30, Upper foyer
Celtic-inspired techno from Dundee DJ/violin twin sister duo.
Be Charlotte & Andrew Wasylyk, 20.45 – 21.30, Upper foyer
Hear Andrew and his band perform a selection of Be Charlotte songs with the singer for the very first time.
Tartan Loom with Radical Weavers, 11.00 – 16.00, Upper foyer
Try your hand at a range of traditional Scottish handweaving techniques and create your own yarn design to take home with you!
Tartan Tea Party with Shaper/Caper, 11.00 – 16.00, Juniper Auditorium
Join Shaper/Caper for some movement-based activities and see the premiere of film Tea for Two.
What The Hat! with V&A Dundee’s Young People’s Collective, 11.00 – 16.00, Weston Studio
Our exhibitions past and present provide some interesting inspiration for making party hats!
Seek + Peek, 11.00 – 16.00, Outside plaza
Make your own binoculars with designer Cara Rooney and friends!
Architecture Tour, 10.30, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00, Welcome Desk
Take a detailed look at the breathtaking architecture designed by Kengo Kuma.
Food & drink
Special 5th Birthday Menu, 10.00 – 22.00, Tatha Bar & Kitchen
From 10.00 - 17.00 enjoy a special selection of delish dishes: Arbroath smokie, leek and Anster cheddar quiche, cow pie with pastry horns, katsu fried chicken tacos, haggis corn dog and Dundee cake. Then, from 17.00 - 22.00 keep the fun times flowing with a great mix of refreshing drinks and mouthwatering munchies!
Street Food Trucks, 10.00 – 20.00, Outside plaza
Mouthwatering delights from Ooni Pizza Ovens with Pizza Geeks, Heather Street Food, Cheese on Coast, and Percy the Horsebox.