Category Archives: Culture

Launch of Nuart Aberdeen brings colour to the streets of the silver city

Nuart Aberdeen is up and running for 2019 after today’s official launch – and already you can feel the buzz around the city. Over the past two years the festival has won a special place in the hearts of residents and visitors, a real highlight of the year and it’s fantastic to see the city […]
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Building blocks falling into place for another packed calendar of Aberdeen events

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 […]
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Ambitions for Aberdeen underpin 2019/20 budget decisions

The annual budget setting process is an incredibly complex operation for a local authority. This year, for Aberdeen City Council, the difficulty has been magnified by the increasing financial challenges we face. Reduced general revenue grant funding from the Scottish Government coupled with increased ring-fencing to meet Scottish Government priorities as well as rising costs […]
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An opportunity to take stock of community planning progress

  The continued success of Community Planning Aberdeen is something the Council and all of our partners strive for. That collaborative approach was at the heart of a really valuable event earlier this month. The CPA Taking Stock session involved all key stakeholders and offered the chance to review the progress of the Partnership since the […]
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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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