Festivals

Aberdeen Inspired spearhead, organise and promote many city centre festivals and events throughout the year in conjunction with various partners.

Nuart Aberdeen

Multi-award winning Street Art Festival…

 

Brought to you by the team behind Stavanger’s internationally renowned Nuart Festival and developed in collaboration with Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen City Council, Nuart Aberdeen provides a platform for local, national and international artists to showcase their work through a series of site-specific murals, installations, interventions, and temporary exhibitions in the city centre.

In 2017 the festival was sponsored by Burness Paull LLP: www.burnesspaull.com

The festival took place from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 April and was supplemented by a programme of talks, presentations, film screenings, walking tours and workshops over the course of the Easter Weekend.

Since Nuart Aberdeen launched in April, the festival has won a total of five prestigious awards:

The UK Association of Town and City Management’s Innovation Award, the Visit Scotland Award for Tourism, the British BIDs (Business Improvement Districts) place management award, the Aberdeen Civic Society Award and was instrumental in securing the 2017 European BID of the Year in July.

Visit Nuart Aberdeen’s website for more info: www.nuartaberdeen.co.uk and follow us on social media to keep up to date on announcements!

Aberdeen Comedy Festival

Full of laughs from start to finish…

Now in its second year, the festival boasts over 55 events across 11 days in 27 different venues. We have something for everyone, including multi-bill shows, solo shows, improvisation comedy, kids events, comedy films and workshops. We have an impressive collection of international, national and local comics lined up to make you laugh including Canadian Craig Campbell and the returning Fred MacAulay.

The Aberdeen Comedy Festival is just one of Aberdeen Inspired’s many projects, designed to make Aberdeen city centre one of the most vibrant, attractive and liveable cities in Scotland. Recent winners of the EU BID of the Year Award in Berlin, we are committed to seeing the city grow and prosper over the coming years and beyond. However, this could not be achieved without our valued sponsor and partners who we thank for their continued support and enthusiasm.

We hope you enjoy the comedy on offer, with ticket prices from as little as £5 and several shows a day there’s no excuse not to come out and support your local comedy festival!

Access the official Aberdeen Comedy Festival website here: www.aberdeencomedyfestival.com

Aberdeen Christmas Village

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

In partnership with Aberdeen City Council and delivered by John Codona’s Pleasure Fairs, Aberdeen Inspired are thrilled to bring the Aberdeen Christmas Village to Aberdeen’s brand new civic space, Broad Street. There will be something for ALL the family including a spectacular ice rink and a wonderful festive fairground! Official opening time is yet to be confirmed,

*OPEN AIR ICE RINK*
Monday – Friday: 12pm – 10pm
(school holidays 11am – 10pm)
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm

£6 per 20 minute session

Boasting the beautiful backdrop of Marischal College, this family favourite is returning bigger and better! Skate on real ice while your family and friends keep warm and enjoy the refreshments on offer!

A relaxed skating session will be held on Friday 29 December at 10am – 11am. Low music and no strobes aim to make this hour as inclusive as possible.

*FESTIVE FAIRGROUND RIDES*
Monday – Friday: 12pm – 10pm
(school holidays 11am – 10pm)
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm

With the addition of a traditional carousel and the return of the hugely popular helter-skelter, children will be kept busy! Thrill-seekers will welcome the return of The Blizzard.

The Blizzard: £6

Miami: £3

Helter Skelter – £2 (adults accompanying children – £1)

Gallopers & Children’s Ride- £2

Snow Globe – entry for up to 6 people is £10 (includes 8×6 photo) extra charge for more photos.

*REFRESHMENTS*
Monday – Friday: 12pm – 10pm
(school holidays 11am – 10pm)
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm

Soak up the festive atmosphere with some traditional snacks and drinks!