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What is Dott 07?

What is Dott 07?

Dott 07 (Designs of the time 2007) has been a year of community projects, events and exhibitions based in North-East England that explore what life in a sustainable region could be like and how design can help us get there.

A national initiative of the Design Council together with the regional development agency One NorthEast, Dott 07 projects set out to improve five aspects of daily life in practical ways.

They dealt with movement, energy, school, health and food. Several projects have been delivered in partnership with Culture10 as part of North-East England’s world-class festival and events programme

Thousands of people across our region have been involved in Dott 07 including more than 15,000 students, hundreds of teachers, over 200 designers, artists, communities, city councils, community leaders, arts organisations, more than 100 small to medium businesses, and funding bodies.

Why come to the Dott 07 Festival?

The Dott 07 year culminates in a 13-day festival on the banks of the River Tyne. In a specially constructed pavilion, the festival will bring together and celebrate Dott 07’s year of projects. Six stimulating zones will present the wide range of initiatives and activities that have been ongoing through the year, in a dynamic and interactive way.

The festival will provide an exciting interface between the projects, and the people who took part in them, and the general public. It will give an opportunity for many more people to find out how to participate in similar projects.

The Dott 07 Festival takes place from next Tuesday, until Sunday October 28, on Baltic Square, Gateshead Quays, from 10am – 6pm each day. Entry is free.

While you are there you can collect stamps as you travel through the six zones of the festival and collect your free copy of the Dott 07 Manual written by Programme Director, John Thackara. Stocks are limited, so it's first come first served.

The manual looks at how Dott 07 projects could help shape a sustainable future.

Make sure you don’t miss:

Entertainment daily, 11am-3pm

Your chance to try your hand at fishing in the Tyne (October 17, 18 and 22, 10am-3pm)

Watch a cooking demonstration (with home grown produce of course)

Add something that makes you feel welcome to the festival’s Welcomes Wall

Meet and talk to participants

Plan how you can start a project of your own

Relax in the departures lounge

Indulge in some limited edition shopping at the Dott shop

Create your own video self-portrait in the Vital Signs area

In addition, there are two exciting exhibitions taking place in the region which form part of Dott 07 and coincide with the festival

Dott 07 Debates: During the Festival, a series of debates (October 18-23) will ask: ‘what did we learn, and what do we do next?’

Participation in the debates is free, but please reserve a place in advance and online at: www.dott07.com

Our Cyborg Future? until Saturday 27 October at Discovery Museum, Newcastle. This exhibition showcases a brave new world of incredible technology and is both a celebration and a wake-up call. It challenges visitors with a vision of the shrinking divide between humans and the technology that we use, and asks: is this a future we want? Entry to Discovery Museum is free.

There’s so much going on during the Dott 07 Festival that you might need more than a day to take it all in.

So, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay, here’s an unusual accommodation option. From Thursday, October 18 until Tuesday, October 23 the first eco-friendly Urban Campsite will open for five nights only. Sleep under the stars and try out the solar power shower for £15 per night. To book see www.dott07.com


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