Meet the people behind the festivals - Andy Kite
An integral part of Aberdeen Festivals’ work is to strengthen the cultural sector in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. This is mainly achieved through our key resource, our people.
Tell us a bit about your job:
I’m the Marketing Manager at Aberdeen Performing Arts. We manage His Majesty’s Theatre, Music Hall and The Lemon Tree, run two festivals, produce our own performances, currently have a show at the Edinburgh Fringe, operate a food and beverage service including a restaurant, cafes and bars and run drama and music classes for children and teenagers so it is always busy! The marketing team is tasked with supporting and promoting all our work and developing audiences.
What do you think makes our region’s cultural offering stand out?
The diverse range of what’s on in the region is outstanding. Through all the venues in the North-east you can see orchestras, comedians, opera, dance, plays, music of all genres and much more. We also have a set of festivals that are going from strength to strength and there is a good feeling that this will continue and put the city on the map on a national and international level. It is also really inspiring seeing the amount of work being produced and this is something that is really growing in momentum. We’re really proud of the producing work we are doing at the moment and the growing level of participation we are getting along with many new collaborations has been hugely beneficial. Being able to work on Velvet Evening Séance that we have taken to the Edinburgh Fringe has been a great experience in particular.
How has working as part of Aberdeen Festivals developed the festival you represent and your career:
True North Music Festival came on board with Aberdeen Festivals last year and immediately I saw a great level of support and assistance. Working with a team completely dedicated to ensuring our festival is as successful as it can be has been a huge help and also being part of a collective that has so much experience is great for sharing ideas.
How do you spend your weekends:
In short, football and music! I’m a season ticket holder at Pittodrie so attend all home games and quite a few away matches and quite often going to pubs with friends to watch the televised games. I also attend as many gigs as I can in the city and usually attend a couple of music festivals a year. I’ve got the bug for buying and collecting vinyl at the moment, which is proving to be an expensive hobby!