Andrew, who is 17 years of age created Dundee Culture off his own back when he was just 12 years of age whilst sitting on the couch looking at Facebook after learning that Dundee was bidding to become the UK City of Culture in 2013. He is one of the UK's youngest digital leaders and has been labelled as an 'innovative Dundonian teen prodigy' by the Courier.
Dundee Culture was created and is currently run by Dundee AmbassadorAndrew Batchelor since 2013. Andrew, who is currently 17 years of age created Dundee Culture off his own back when he was just 12 years of age whilst sitting on the couch looking at Facebook after learning that Dundee was bidding to become the UK City of Culture in 2013. He is one of the UK's youngest digital leaders and has been labelled as an 'innovative Dundonian teen prodigy' by the Courier.
Born with hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, his parents were told that he wouldn't walk or talk. Having since been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, autism and then epilepsy, Andrew has overcome every obstacle and has followed his passions. Andrew's inspiration for creating Dundee Culture came from his auntie who passed away in 2011. With her, Andrew and his brother explored Dundee together, where they visited landmarks like the Discovery and the Dundee Law. Some time after her passing, Dundee were bidding to become the UK City of Culture in 2017. Andrew wanted to show his support by creating a Facebook page to showcase the bid. For his work, the bid team praised him and said they thought the work Andrew had done was from a university student. After the bid, Andrew decided to keep on promoting events in Dundee, and the rest is history!
Today, Andrew continues to showcase the best of Dundee by promoting the city through Dundee Culture and as of July 2018, Dundee Culture has been visited by over 5 million people worldwide with 25,000-30,000 people visiting weekly.
Me and Dundee
"I have always had a sense of pride in being a Dundonian. As I grew up in the city, I became aware of what an incredible city Dundee was, a city that was going through change, a city that was coming out of the shadows and a city that was going to benefit more both socially and economically. My auntie, who passed away in 2011 was one of my inspirations when I was creating Dundee Culture in the first place, she took me and my brother out and about across the city, from the Dundee Law to the RRS Discovery when we were younger and I got to explore my city and see how awesome it was!
Dundee is a city full of talent, a city full of change and a city full of people who are proud to call Dundee home. I love Dundee and I can't wait to see what exciting future lies ahead for the city!"
-- Andrew Batchelor,
Founder & Admin of Dundee Culture
About Andrew Batchelor
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