Meet the people behind the festivals - Laura Young
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 work in the Festivals and Events team at the University of Aberdeen. Our biggest annual project is the May Festival but we also organise and run loads of other events each year – from film screenings and evening lectures to VIP visits and building openings. So there’s never a dull day! The May Festival is a great project to work on – it is fantastic to showcase the exciting, diverse and cutting-edge research happening at the University and welcome some well-known names too. My favourite part is seeing our beautiful campus at Old Aberdeen buzzing with festival-goers all weekend.
What do you think makes our region’s cultural offering stand out?
I am an Aberdonian but have lived in other cities across the world and I think what stands out most about Aberdeen city and the surrounding region is the diversity on offer. You can sip a craft beer in one of the fab bars in town, watch dolphins jumping at the harbour mouth, play a round of golf at a championship course or visit a fairytale castle. Everything is relatively close together too which makes it easy to cram lots in!
In the city itself there is more and more going on – gigs, comedy, food and drink fairs and the wonderful festivals of course!
How has working as part of Aberdeen Festivals developed the festival you represent and your career:
Being part of Aberdeen Festivals Collective has been of huge advantage to the May Festival. Working collaboratively across the region allows us to share best practice and increase visibility and prominence of all the festivals individually and the collective as a whole. It has also given enhanced profile of the festivals on a national level, encouraging visitors from outside the region to come and experience all the fantastic things Aberdeen has to offer.
For me personally it has been great to meet others in the sector and learn from them and identify ways to work together.
How do you spend your weekends:
If the sun is shining I will be out and about taking a walk at the beach or in the woods – always closely followed by a cuppa and a fine piece of course! I love to spend time in the city in the evenings either taking in a gig or a theatre show or eating out in one of Aberdeen’s great restaurants.