Dundee Soup is a social event giving micro-grants to creative projects in Dundee.
A simple soup lunch a safe space, a platform to connect and collaborate… a democratic experiment!
How does it work?
Dundee Soup is a social event supporting local community-based projects and creating new connections in the city. For a suggested donation of £5 or more, you can join us, receive a simple soup supper and hear four short presentations from local people with creative ideas to benefit their community – these can range from art, design, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and much more. At the end of the night, everyone gives their donations directly to their preferred projects!
Who is it for?
Dundee Soup is open to anyone – whether you need help for an idea that could benefit the Dundee community or whether you want to support a project that aims to tackle local challenges!
Anyone who has an idea to benefit Dundee’s communities can pitch – whether you are an individual, small team or community group. A few weeks prior to an event, we’ll put out an application form for any projects that would like to pitch, from there four of them will be selected to present on the night. Your idea can be about ANYTHING and you can submit it more than once!
How did it start?
The first SOUP was developed in Detroit in 2010 with a group of artists’ friends gathered around a dinner to share ideas about art challenges, finding innovative solutions and imperfect ideas for projects that were hard to discover funding for. Over the years, Detroit SOUP has moved from funding artists to a wide variety of community members that need a little money to start their projects and the challenging ideas pushed people to think about the city in different ways.
Dundee Soup started in April 2017 and was put together in a collaboration between Creative Dundee, ACK, The Circle and Shona Littlejohn, and is now run by Creative Dundee and The Circle.
If you are interested in hosting a Dundee Soup in the future, sponsor the soup supper, performing music, or something else on the night then get in touch as we’d love to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org.