Category Archives: Culture

Latest step in realising our vision for £333million event complex

  This week’s announcement of The Event Complex Aberdeen as the name chosen for the new venue is an important milestone for the project. The Council is investing £333million in providing a world class facility that will be the envy of cities the length and breadth of Britain and far further afield. SMG, as the […]
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Summer season brings the next wave of exciting city events

The streets of Aberdeen were brought to life at the weekend for Grampian Pride and it was a fantastic occasion to be part of. It promised to unite our communities in a way that has never happened before – and certainly delivered. With a march, stalls, information about LGBT+ organisations and services as well as […]
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Nuart Aberdeen paints a perfect picture of a flourishing events programme

  Launch week for Nuart Aberdeen has brought a flurry of activity and it has been fantastic to see this year’s productions springing up around the city. Nuart captured the imagination of the public last year and 2018 promises to be even bigger and better as the event builds on such solid foundations. Running through […]
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2018/19 budget will protect services in the face of funding challenges

  Earlier this month the full Council met to set the 2018/19 budget. Every year the task becomes more difficult as we attempt to balance increasing demand for our services with reduced funding. Since being elected in 2007 I’ve attended 11 budget meetings. At each of those meetings the fact Aberdeen is the lowest funded […]
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Putting community planning at the heart of the city’s future

As chair of Community Planning Aberdeen, I was proud to sign-off of the annual report detailing the progress on our Local Outcome Improvement Plan. The LOIP is a 10-year plan created with our valued partners – including Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and NHS Grampian as well as range of other organisations […]
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Embracing the Christmas spirit

The Aberdeen Christmas Village may be settling into a new home this year but there’s a very familiar buzz in the city centre. The festivities at Broad Street and the village have been very warmly welcomed. On behalf of the Council and our partners Aberdeen Inspired, I must thank everyone involved in planning for 2017 […]
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A fitting occasion for a true hero of the city

This weekend the Freedom of the City will be bestowed upon Denis Law – the latest in a distinguished list of honours to be awarded to a man who has demonstrated star quality on and off the pitch throughout his life. It is the highest honour we have as a Council and it remains rare. […]
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Shining a light on the Granite City

The nights, as we say in Aberdeen, are fair drawing in – and that creates challenges for a northern city such as ours. The granite sparkles less often. Vistas are lost. Unlit areas can become no-go. However, the latest City Centre Masterplan project promises to turn the long dark days to our advantage by lighting […]
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A great weekend for Aberdeen in more ways than one

I must take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who took part, to everyone who turned out to cheer on the participants and to everyone who played their part in the massive operation to turn the vision of the Great Aberdeen Run into reality. It was quite simply a fantastic event and one […]
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Aberdeen events help the Silver City to shine

The weather may have been be more grey than silver at the start of the school summer holidays, but that did not take the shine off the latest in a series of events which are all playing a part in bringing Aberdeen to life. At the start of this month it was the turn of […]
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