We Are 5

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:

Saturday 16 September

10.00 - 22.00

V&A Dundee 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee, DD1 4EZ



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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.

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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.

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5 Architecture tours

Discover the interesting story behind our building with a detailed look at the stunning architecture designed by Kengo Kuma.

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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.

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5 Delish dishes

Delight your taste buds at Tatha, with five special dishes crafted to celebrate our 5-year journey.

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+ Free family fun!

Get ready for an exciting family friendly mix of creative workshops and pop-up performances!

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Free entry to Tartan

To celebrate our 5th birthday, all tickets to our blockbuster exhibition, Tartan are FREE on Saturday 16 September!

All of the advance tickets are now booked, but don’t worry, we will have walk-up tickets available in the museum on the day. Subject to availability.

The first room of the Tartan exhibition at V&A Dundee

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.

An access-all-areas insight into the world of the fashion show in the pre-digital age.

Be Charlotte

Live Performances

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.

Family designing together


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!

Oak Room


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.

Oak Room Tour, 11.30, 13.30, 15.30, 17.30, 20.00, Scottish Design Galleries

A Curator-led tour of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Oak Room with rare access to the upper level.

Tatha Spread

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.

Supported by:

Supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery, Awarded funds from Postcode Culture Trust
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