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Prepare for Mayhem as the University of Aberdeen’s May Festival returns for its seventh year!
Offering a fun and inspiring programme of events to keep visitors of all ages entertained, there is something for everyone.
For one weekend, the historic campus will be transformed into a hub of festival fun, from cultural crafts and powerful performances to exploring the fascinating science of everyday life.
Discover the full 2019 programme jam packed with over 100 events here.
Look Again Festival invites you to ‘become a tourist in your own city’ by seeing Aberdeen city centre through fresh eyes. This visual festival is a celebration of the very best contemporary visual art and design, showcasing both local and internationally acclaimed talent in Aberdeen.
Scottish Traditional Boat Festival
In 2019 Aberdeenshire celebrates 26 years of the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival (STBF) in Portsoy, showcasing an action-packed weekend of boats, crafts, live music, food and drink.
TechFest is Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire’s annual festival of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Marking the festival’s 25th year in 2018, the Activity Weekend and Eureka Family Series provided a diverse opportunity for everyone to enjoy learning about STEM in a memorable, fun and engaging way.
North East Open Studios (NEOS) is one of the UK’s largest open studios events. Discover the diverse range of artists and makers in North-east Scotland as they yet again open their studio doors. Experience the passion of the artists, learn what makes them tick, enjoy hands-on workshops and discover art at its grass roots - NEOS offers a truly unique opportunity.
True North is Aberdeen’s music festival, located at the heart of the city, the festival features the contemporary music industry’s most interesting, relevant and exciting artists.
Returning this September, expect a series of unique headline performances that will take place in city centre venues across Aberdeen.
True North has grown in popularity becoming a key element of the growing cultural scene in Aberdeen since starting in 2015. Featuring past performances from Laura Mvula, Tom Odell, The Magic Numbers and Richard Hawley, the festival offers a vibrant and eclectic mix of artists celebrating the best of contemporary music.
Look out for #TrueNorthFest across social media for the latest programme announcements.
The Twilight Sad
Widely revered as one of the best acts to emerge from Scotland in the last decade, The Twilight Sad will perform in Aberdeen for the first time in 6 years when they headline True North 2019 on Saturday 21 September.
Endorsed by Robert Smith of The Cure and acclaimed by fans and critics alike, The Twilight Sad are known for their loud and lively performances, notable for their impressive ‘sonic walls’ of sound and accompanied by singer James Graham’s distinctive vocals.
Support comes from acclaimed Scottish duo Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert.
Tickets go on sale to APA Friends on Wednesday 1 May and open for general booking on Thursday 2 May at 9.30am.
Art continues to oil the cogs of our imagination as Scotland’s most prolific and long running contemporary dance festival is set to return in 2019. DanceLive embraces a broad programme of contemporary dance, performance and live art that celebrates creativity, diversity and experimentation within the framework of a dynamic programme of movement, dance and visual performance.
Inviting you on a sonic adventure, soundfestival takes audiences on a journey of discovery exploring new music in unique and iconic venues across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. With world-class artists, cross-art form collaborations, world premieres, family-friendly events, late night soundsessions, talks and workshops there is something for everyone at this original festival.
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