Events Diary

Tuesday 10th May

1.30-2.15pm in Boomerang Community Centre


Blether Tay-Gither storytellers, Robbie Fotheringham and Sheila Kinninmonth will tell a few tales and talk about the importance of telling stories.

7.30pm in Arthurstone Library

Stobfest Opening Night Performance

'Tea Leaves'

Performed by White Circle Theatre, Tea Leaves is written and directed by Gwendoline North. Set in a traditional tea room, it tells the story of a day in the life of two women bound together by ties of work and family, home baking and home truths. Tensions and tempers rise as the virtues of traditional vs modern methods of capturing a customer are debated. Old wounds open up. Fierce external pressures create an opportunity for ruthless outsiders - can they run off with a slice of the pie? Is a cup of tea the answer to all life's problems? Or, would an espresso be just the shot they need?
Refreshments after the show

Wednesday 11th May

2.00 - 3.00pm  - Meet at Baxter Park Pavilion

Poetry in the People's Park wth Erin Farley

Meet at the Baxter Park pavilion at 2pm for a short walking tour of the park and some of the surrounding area, where the social history of Victorian Stobswell will be brought to life through thepoetry written by working class Dundonians, inspired by the city and its landscape. Baxter Park, is a rare green space in a crowded and smoky city, was a source of inspiration for many writers whomade their living in the nearby factories - come along to find out more about this often forgotten area of Dundee's creative heritage.

Thursday 12th May

2.00pm - 3.30pm - Upstairs in Arthurstone Library

Fashion Show

The ladies of the Stobswell Craft Club exhibit their work.

7.00pm in Arthurstone Library

Local History Talk

Stobswell from muir to industry and suburb

City archivist, Iain Flett, will examine the history of the Stobswell area from its rural beginnings to the dense industry of the 19th and 20th century through to its more suburban nature today. Utilising old maps and pictures from the archive, Iain will identify the location of the Stobs Well itself, a vital source of water which was utilised by the mills in the area.

There will be plenty time for questions, discussion and even reminiscences following the presentation.

Friday 13th May

7.00pm - 10.00pm - in Boomerang Community Centre, Kemback Street

Stobfest Ceilidh

Tickets 5 including stovies. Available from Boomerang Community Centre, Regeneration Station on Albert Street and Community Office upstairs in Arthurstone Library. Licenced bar. Over 14 years only.

Saturday 14 May

10.00am 3.00pm

Gala Day

Stobfest's Gala Day starts in a fairly relaxed manner with gardening from 10am with the Friends of Baxter Park in the spring grove or just with a nice cup of tea on the terrace of Morgan Academy from 10.30am.

Things liven up with the arrival of the award-winning 6/8th BB Pipe Band. After a few tunes on the terrace, the Pipers reassemble outside the Spar at the top of Albert Street, where they will be joined by representatives of community groups and the Lord Provost, to lead the Parade to the opening of the Gala Day Fayre at Boomerang Community Centre in Kemback Street.

The parade sets off at 11.30am with the Fayre opening around noon. The fayre offers craft stalls, music, poetry, V&A virtual reality, games, raffles and tombola as well as the Boomerang's own cafe. Follow the parade and take part in the Stobfest treasure hunt at the same time.

Meanwhile at the Glass Ranger Centre in Baxter Park, there will childrens craft activities all afternoon, and two nature walks. Meet at 1.00pm for the bumble bee walk, and at 2.00pm for a tree walk

There will also be activities at Stobswell Parish Church at the top of Albert Street.

Wednesday 18th May

6:30pm in Arthurstone Library


This workshop is aimed at young people (and parents) and will be delivered by Lorraine Bairstow of WRASAC The workshop explores what consent is and what is the law around the age and ability for sex and consent.

WRASAC is the Womens Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre. For more information about this workshop contact

Thursday 19th May

7.00pm upstairs in Arthurstone Library

Stobswell Forum  - Annual General Meeting

The AGM is open to all residents of the area which includes not just Stobswell itself, but also Maryfield, Clepington and Woodside. The annual report and accounts of the Forum will be presented for approval by the meeting.

A new, eleven-person committee will be then be elected for the coming year. Anyone over 16 and resident in the area is eligible for election to the committee.

The meeting will then discuss the priorities for the work of the Forum over the coming year but also next ten or twenty years? What is our vision for the area? We will do this as informally as possible probably in small groups.

The committee will then be tasked with taking these priorities forward.

The role of the Forum is to give voice to the community and ensure that it is us who determine our future through greater participation in the decision-making process, particularly, but not exclusively, in relation to the local authority.

In addition to the main programme above, there are other activities and events throughout the festival period

Showcase the Street at the Manhattan Works, Dundonald Street

and at pubs throughout the area. Check details/session availability with the venues.

Wed 11th May - Poker night, Stobswell Bar, 24hrs notice to bar staff if you want to play.

Sat 14th May - Karaoke competition, Dexy's, Arbroath Road

Sunday 15th May - Karaoke, 6-10pm, Stobswell Bar, Albert Street

Friday 20th May - Soul Night, 7-late, Ferraris, Dura Street, 5 tickets from bar in advance.