Festivals with stories to tell in 2019
Once upon a time there were nine festivals from a land not so far away, that pushed the boundaries of discovery through music, art, dance and heritage; captivating audiences from afar.
We’re all familiar with the bedtime stories of knights in battle and princesses kissing frogs, but with this week being National Story Telling Week, it’s got me thinking “what is a story?”.
A story is more than something you read in a book. From music that moves you, to powerful art and symbolic dance, a story has the power to create an immersive experience that transports you miles away to escape everyday life.
The 2019 festival calendar is once again packed with diversity, ready to charm audiences with enchanting stories. Find out what’s in-store and discover the tales of this year’s festivals.
Aberdeen Jazz Festival 21 -31 March
Expect cutting edge, vintage, swing, fusion and much more at this year’s Aberdeen Jazz Festival. The popular outdoor concert on Aberdeen’s Green and Dinner Safari return along with the acclaimed Scottish Jazz Orchestra with a set of compelling stories.
May Festival 24 – 26 May
Explore a programme of literature, music, film, science, visual arts and sports spanning over 120 events packaged up into one weekend. There’s plenty for the family too, the popular hall of mayhem offers workshops and interactive sessions for all to enjoy.
Look Again 7 -16 June
Look Again returns with thought-provoking visual art and invites you to be a tourist in the city to gain a new perspective on Aberdeen. Expect creative inventions and live performances celebrating local and international visual art and design.
Scottish Traditional Boat Festival 22 – 23 June
Make a trip to the coastal town of Portsoy for an action-packed weekend of boats, live music and food. Discover the history of Aberdeenshire’s ancient fishing heritage and board historic boats to hear tales of the crews seafaring experiences.
TechFest 24 August – 21 September
Dive into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) through a the diverse and entertaining programme of workshops and talks. Be ready to take part in live experiments, informative shows and hear talks from local scientists.
NEOS 14 – 23 September
The doors of art studios across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire open to celebrate creative talent once again. Gain an inside look and experience the passion of the artists, hands-on workshops and discover art at its grass roots.
True North September
Located at the heart of the city, True North festival showcases contemporary music from the most relevant and exciting artists. Unique headline performances, lively fringe events, workshops and discussions can be expected this year.
DanceLive 17 – 27 October
Scotland’s most prolific and long running contemporary dance festival will continue to oil the cogs of our imagination in 2019. DanceLive embraces creativity and experimentation through dynamic live performances.
SoundFestival 23 October – 3 November
This daring and adventurous festival returns to take you on a journey of discovery through unique performances. The oboe takes centre stage this year featuring two of the UK’s most pioneering oboists, Christopher Redgate and James Turnbull.
Take a look at our what’s on guide to see the events programme so far and start planning your next festival visit.