Building blocks falling into place for another packed calendar of Aberdeen events

26/11/14 Councillor jenny laing.

Cllr Jenny Laing

The countdown to Nuart Aberdeen is well and truly underway, with excitement building as the city prepares for this year’s programme.

It’s always fantastic to see the blank canvases being brought to life and the 2019 festival promises to be as big and bold as we’ve come to expect.

You can find out more about the artists involved and the plans for the four days of the event, from April 18-21, here.

There are opportunities to get involved as a volunteer – not to mention by donating LEGO bricks for use by Jan Vormann, who will be adding a new dimension to Nuart Aberdeen this year with his work.

We know the impact Nuart Aberdeen has had in recent years, attracting visitors from far and near and encouraging them to explore the city, and the Council is proud to partner with Aberdeen Inspired and the event sponsors. We’ve committed £300,000 of funding over three years to Nuart Aberdeen and the return has been significant, both in terms of visitor numbers and by adding to the international profile we are building.

Granite Noir, in February, successfully got the ball rolling in Aberdeen’s 2019 events schedule and that’s another festival that we have pledged our financial support to as Aberdeen Performing Arts aim to continue its rapid rise.

After Nuart, there’s barely time to catch breath before the OVO Energy Tour Series rolls into Aberdeen. The past two years have been amazing to see, with crowds lining the city centre streets to cheer on the professionals and the local competitors, and we’re hoping for more of the same in 2019. May 16 is the date for your diary.

Attracting to the Tour Series to the north-east was a major coup for the Council and we’re one of only two Scottish dates this year, with Aberdeen to be showcased across the world through the television coverage of the elite races.

Our Aberdeen 365 events strategy is designed to complement the busy schedule of festivals and events being run by partners in the city – with a focus on everything from comedy to jazz, good food and much more in between – and blends the old with the new.

The traditions of the Aberdeen Highland Games on June 16 at Hazlehead Park continue to be a big draw for residents and tourists alike – and the same can be said of the Great Aberdeen Run which will take place on August 25 this year, following on from the success of the first two events.

With 2019 bringing the unveiling of The Event Complex Aberdeen and the redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery, there’s a lot to be excited about in the year ahead. We’re fast becoming a destination city and that brings amazing opportunities economically and culturally. The investment that has been made in infrastructure and in events is part of the vision for Aberdeen that is already bringing benefits for businesses and residents alike.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Nuart, the Tour Series, the Great Run and all of the city’s events so far. We’re looking forward to what promises to be an action packed year ahead.

Cllr Jenny Laing