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Start 25 May
End 27 May
May Festival

May Festival

May Festival is a vibrant melting pot of creativity, culture and learning, brought to you by the University of Aberdeen! 

Location: University of Aberdeen

Start 25 May
ABERDEEN SPORTS VILLAGE TOUR

ABERDEEN SPORTS VILLAGE TOUR

10am, 12pm and 3pm tours of this premier sport and exercise facility. 

Location: Aberdeen Sports Village

Start 25 May 11:00
Aberdeen Uni's Got Talent

Aberdeen Uni's Got Talent

This fast-paced showcase where 'the audience' get to vote for your favourite act from a selection of our aspiring researchers each with just three minutes to impress and inspire. 

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Start 25 May 11:00
Cruickshank Botanic Garden Tour

Cruickshank Botanic Garden Tour

Join Mark Paterson, Curator of the Cruickshank Botanic Garden, for a tour of the UK’s most northerly university botanic garden. The 4.5 hectare (11 acres) property has over 2,500 species grown in picturesque settings! 

Location: Cruickshank Garden Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 25 May 11:30
100 YEARS OF WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE: WOMEN’S LITERARY HERITAGE WALK

100 YEARS OF WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE: WOMEN’S LITERARY HERITAGE WALK

A city centre tour to discover the places linked to some remarkable suffragettes and literary women, and hear fascinating stories of their achievements and contributions.

Location: Meet at Mercat Cross Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 25 May 12:00
ORGAN RECITAL WITH DR ED JONES

ORGAN RECITAL WITH DR ED JONES

Dr Ed Jones presents an exciting concert by composers J.S. Bach, Dupré Peeters and Guilmant. This concert is in collaboration with the Scotland’s Churches Trust.

Location: Kings College Chapel University of Aberdeen

Cost: From £5

Start 25 May 12:00
CLIMATE CHANGE PERSPECTIVES

CLIMATE CHANGE PERSPECTIVES

Dr Daria Shapovalova from the School of Law will discuss the effectiveness of the Global Climate Change Regime and Dr Tavis Potts from the School of Geosciences will present current public perceptions on the oceans and climate change.

Location: King's College Conference Centre Aberdeen

Start 25 May 12:00
SINGING THE GOSPEL ALONG SCOTLAND'S NORTH-EAST COAST 1859-2009

SINGING THE GOSPEL ALONG SCOTLAND'S NORTH-EAST COAST 1859-2009

Frances Wilkins documents and analyses current singing practices in her new book ‘Singing the Gospel’ by placing them historically and contemporaneously within their respective faith communities.

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 25 May 12:00
SINKHOLES OF INSECURITY: STRUCTURAL CAUSES OF WEAKNESSES IN SIX ARAB COUNTRIES

SINKHOLES OF INSECURITY: STRUCTURAL CAUSES OF WEAKNESSES IN SIX ARAB COUNTRIES

Hear from leading researchers who will present the main threats to security in the region are following the 2011 uprisings and the role of foreign powers including the UK, EU and US.

Location: Regent Lecture Theatre University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 25 May 13:00
GROWING UP, OUR DIFFERENT JOURNEYS COMBINED FOR AN EXHIBITION

GROWING UP, OUR DIFFERENT JOURNEYS COMBINED FOR AN EXHIBITION

Masters Students taking the ‘Curating an Exhibition’ course have been working on the summer exhibition about ‘Growing Up’ in King’s Museum

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 25 May 13:00
 MINDFULLNESS WORKSHOP

MINDFULLNESS WORKSHOP

Want to improve your wellbeing, increase your awareness and pay more attention to the things that matter to you? Come along to our Mindfulness Taster session.

Location: New King's 10 University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 25 May 13:30
IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH: A HISTORY OF HOSPITALS IN ABERDEEN

IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH: A HISTORY OF HOSPITALS IN ABERDEEN

An illustrated talk on the history of hospitals in Aberdeen using the extensive historic collections held by NHS Grampian and learn about the development of healthcare within the city.


Location: Regent Lecture Theatre University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 25 May 13:30
SHAMISO ZVANDASARA

SHAMISO ZVANDASARA

Zimbabwean writer Shamiso Zvandasara is a singer, songwriter, poet and novelist, whose recent book, The Tale of Anerudo.

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: £3

Start 25 May 14:30
THE VOYAGES OF ZHENG HE, THEN AND NOW

THE VOYAGES OF ZHENG HE, THEN AND NOW

This lecture from Professor Craig Clunas FBA, University of Oxford, will introduce the series of voyages made by imperial Chinese fleets in the early 15th century! 

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 25 May 15:00
SCOTLAND 2030: ABERDEEN AND THE NORTH EAST

SCOTLAND 2030: ABERDEEN AND THE NORTH EAST

Scotland’s Futures Forum – the Scottish Parliament’s in-house think tank – launched its Scotland 2030 programme in 2017! 

Location: King's College Conference Centre University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 25 May 15:00
TESTIMONIES OF TRANSITION: VOICES FROM THE SCOTTISH DIASPORA

TESTIMONIES OF TRANSITION: VOICES FROM THE SCOTTISH DIASPORA

At the heart of the Scottish diaspora lie stories of human adventure, achievement and adversity, narratives which are best expressed in the participants’ own words.

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 25 May 16:00
LEADING! EXPLORING WHAT WE MEAN BY ‘LEADERSHIP’

LEADING! EXPLORING WHAT WE MEAN BY ‘LEADERSHIP’

Last century saw a phenomenal growth in leadership literature. But do we really understand this often used word?

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 25 May 16:30
BOOK LAUNCH OF ANOTHER DOSE OF VERBAL REMEDIES

BOOK LAUNCH OF ANOTHER DOSE OF VERBAL REMEDIES

By popular request, a third chapbook of the best creative writing by medical students, selected and edited by Helen Lynch! 

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 25 May 17:00
ROBOTS WHO KNOW THEMSELVES

ROBOTS WHO KNOW THEMSELVES

The robot 'hosts' in the television series Westworld undergo a revolution when they become self-aware. What is self-awareness, and how likely is a computer to acquire it?

Location: Regent Lecture Theatre University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 25 May 18:00
50 YEARS OF THE GAELIC BOOKS COUNCIL 1968 - 2018

50 YEARS OF THE GAELIC BOOKS COUNCIL 1968 - 2018

Celebrate The Gaelic Books Council’s 50th anniversary with an exhibition and readings by award-winning authors Alison Lang and Sandy NicDhòmhnaill Jones

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Start 25 May 19:00
THE STOOR - DRAMA BY MORNA YOUNG

THE STOOR - DRAMA BY MORNA YOUNG

A story of wealth, power and privilege, The Stoor has been developed by North East writer Morna Young through her role as the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow 2017.

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: £6

Start 26 May
ABERDEEN SPORTS VILLAGE TOUR

ABERDEEN SPORTS VILLAGE TOUR

10am, 12pm and 3pm tours of this premier sport and exercise facility. 

Location: Aberdeen Sports Village

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 10:00
ABERDEEN'S WAR: THE IMPACT OF THE GREAT WAR ON ABERDEEN

ABERDEEN'S WAR: THE IMPACT OF THE GREAT WAR ON ABERDEEN

2018 marks the centenary of the armistice of the Great War in 1918. The First World War was one of the defining events of the 20th century and its impact was felt keenly here in Aberdeen.

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: £3

Start 26 May 10:00
GLOBAL WOMEN'S HEALTH

GLOBAL WOMEN'S HEALTH

This event will be look at the different health challenges that women face around the world. 

Location: Regent Lecture Theatre Aberdeen

Start 26 May 10:00
Produce Market

Produce Market

A firm May Festival favourite, tickle your taste buds at our annual produce market which will be busy with a variety of stallholders showcasing and selling their products including Ola Oils, Udny Provender and Salad Worxto name but a few.

Location: Elphinstone Hall University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 10:30
Scientists on the Spot

Scientists on the Spot

Come along and watch scientists face tough questions from our challenging presenters.

Location: New King's 14 University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 10:30
Book Binding Workshop and Talk

Book Binding Workshop and Talk

Learn practical skills from a Book Conservator and make your own mini-notebook in the Glucksman Conservation Centre. 

Location: The Sir Duncan Rice Library University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 11:00
Re-tuning the Harp of the North: Editing Walter Scott's Poetry

Re-tuning the Harp of the North: Editing Walter Scott's Poetry

Walter Scott’s poetry has had little critical attention in recent years but it was the foundation upon which his fame was built!

Location: King's College Conference Centre University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 11:00
Access All Areas?

Access All Areas?

This panel event considers the opportunities and challenges associated with increased outdoor access, with reference to Aberdeen’s original, free-to-play, location-based, augmented reality game, organised walking tours of Aberdeen and current legal research.

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 11:00
WWI Event: Poetry Book Launch with Martin Malone

WWI Event: Poetry Book Launch with Martin Malone

Book Launch for Mr Willet’s Summertime, Martin Malone’s latest collection of poetry, inspired by WWI themes.

Location: Blackwell's University Bookshop Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 11:00
Exploring Childhood

Exploring Childhood

Come and explore childhood! A hands-on experience to find out about how people have grown up in different times and places in a fun-filled family adventure. 

Location: The Sir Duncan Rice Library University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 11:00
Stories and Songs: Traditional Traveller Encampment

Stories and Songs: Traditional Traveller Encampment

Stories and songs as they were meant to be heard – for adults and children – with Jess Smith, Essie Stewart, and Jimmy Williamson around our traditional Traveller encampment.

Location: King's Lawn University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 11:00
'Relax Kids' - for Parents and Children

'Relax Kids' - for Parents and Children

A seven step programme of activities taking children from a high energy to a low energy. Sessions support children’s mental and emotional wellbeing and give them the tools to manage stress and be more resilient, calm and confident.

Location: MacRobert Building University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 11:30
Japan's Support of Britain in WW1: An Overdue Reassessment of Japan's Naval Contribution

Japan's Support of Britain in WW1: An Overdue Reassessment of Japan's Naval Contribution

Histories of the Great War have tended to either ignore Japan’s role or dismiss it as too little, too late, with Japan merely acting in its own interests. 

Location: Regent Lecture Theatre University of Aberdeen

Cost: £3

Start 26 May 12:00
Dancing with Chinese Dragons: Chinese Intercultural Communication

Dancing with Chinese Dragons: Chinese Intercultural Communication

This lecture will use real life examples of cross cultural communication as well as making useful suggestions for future communication.

Location: Multimedia Room University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 12:00
Soap Box Science

Soap Box Science

Soapbox Science is coming to Aberdeen for the first time! This novel platform will see female scientists from around the local area stand on their soapboxes for an hour, to explain some science, complete with props, and lots of audience interaction.

Location: King's Lawn University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 12:00
Rowett Institute Tour

Rowett Institute Tour

Rowett staff will be on hand to show you around this state-of-the-art building, and you will hear about some of the cutting edge research currently underway at the facility 

Location: The Rowett Institute Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 12:00
Circus Workshop

Circus Workshop

Come along and learn the art of entertaining at this circus workshop! 

Location: King's Lawn University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 12:00
Aberdeen Sports Village Obstacle Course

Aberdeen Sports Village Obstacle Course

A day of fitness and fun! Come and join the team from the Aberdeen Sports Village and see if you have what it takes to conquer their obstacle course, as well as a range of other sporting activities on offer.

Location: Kings Lawn University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 12:30
Sophie Collins & Helen McClory

Sophie Collins & Helen McClory

Join Helen McClory, whose new novel Flesh of the Peach, charts a young woman’s ‘journey into and out of grief and rage via sex and violence’. Also Sophie Collins, an exciting contemporary poet whose work appeared in If I’m Scared We Can’t Win, Penguin’s Introducing Modern Poets series in 2017.

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 13:00
Rowett Institute Tour

Rowett Institute Tour

Rowett staff will be on hand to show you around this state-of-the-art building, and you will hear about some of the cutting edge research currently underway at the facility 

Location: The Rowett Institute Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 13:00
Data Debater: Health Data Science in Aberdeen, Past, Present and Future

Data Debater: Health Data Science in Aberdeen, Past, Present and Future

At this debate, we will look at health data science in Aberdeen, past, present and future, considering the benefits and challenges

Location: Regent Lecture Theatre University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 13:00
Cancer: From Chaos to Hope

Cancer: From Chaos to Hope

When we are ill, we seek healing through modern medical science. But the experience may also prompt us to ask deep questions about meaning and significance.

Location: King's College Conference Centre University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 14:00
Rowett Institute Tour

Rowett Institute Tour

Rowett staff will be on hand to show you around this state-of-the-art building, and you will hear about some of the cutting edge research currently underway at the facility 

Location: The Rowett Institute Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 14:00
Guarana Street Band & Drum Stars

Guarana Street Band & Drum Stars

The Guarana street drumming group is the wackiest bunch of street-drumming maniacs you are likely to encounter just about anywhere! 

Location: King's Lawn University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 14:00
Artist's Talk: Age of Oil

Artist's Talk: Age of Oil

Find out what it was like working as an artist on an oil platform. Sue Jane Taylor has worked in some of the most remote and difficult conditions whilst documenting Scotland’s offshore industry

Location: The Sir Duncan Rice Library University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 14:00
Conducting - More Than Just Waving Your Arms?

Conducting - More Than Just Waving Your Arms?

Have you ever looked at an orchestra and wondered what a conductor actually does? Come along and have a go at conducting and discover how a maestro is made! No musical experience necessary. 

Location: MacRobert Building University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 14:00
New Writing with Causeway/Cabshair

New Writing with Causeway/Cabshair

A showcase of new work from the next generation, including the University’s PhD Creative Writing students, with readings! 

Location: Multimedia Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 15:00
Ethnic Minority Care Workers in Our Community

Ethnic Minority Care Workers in Our Community

Many elderly people in our communities are cared for by minority workers. Come and join the discussion about how to help bridge cultures within our communities with representatives from the ‘Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People Project’.

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 15:00
Duruflé: Requiem

Duruflé: Requiem

The Choir of King’s College Aberdeen presents the iconic masterwork, Requiem by Maurice Duruflé, for choir, soloists and organ. 

Location: King's College Chapel University of Aberdeen

Cost: From £5

Start 26 May 15:00
ABERDEEN SPORTS VILLAGE TOUR

ABERDEEN SPORTS VILLAGE TOUR

Enjoy a tour of our premier sport and exercise facility, that easily caters for the needs of everyone from recreational exercisers to elite athletes.

Location: Aberdeen Sports Village

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 15:00
Decoding the Hidden Messages in Communication

Decoding the Hidden Messages in Communication

This talk will demonstrate how body language such as gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact can facilitate the decoding of the indirect message in a conversation.

Location: Regent Lecture Theatre University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 15:00
Hedda

Hedda

In this interdisciplinary performance, Dancer/Choreographer Imogene Newland, Visual Artist Kate Steenhauer, and Sound Artist Suk-Jun Kim create a dialogue between movement, sound and Japanese ink drawings. 

Location: Arts Lecture Theatre University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 15:30
100 Years of Women's Suffrage; Women Everyone Should Know About, with Hannah Jewell

100 Years of Women's Suffrage; Women Everyone Should Know About, with Hannah Jewell

A pop culture host and editor at The Washington Post, Hannah Jewell came to prominence as a senior writer at BuzzFeed UK, known for writing about gender with wit and humor and her satire of British and American politics.

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 16:00
India and Ireland: Connected Imperial Pasts

India and Ireland: Connected Imperial Pasts

Explore fascinating connections and learn about this lesser known aspect of Britain’s imperial past. 

Location: King's College Conference Centre University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 16:30
Tackling Killer Fungi

Tackling Killer Fungi

Lethal fungal infections and antimicrobial resistance are becoming a global health threat. Join Dr Fiona Rudkinto discuss how researchers at the University of Aberdeen are tackling these issues.

Location: Regent Lecture Theatre University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 16:30
Nan Shepherd: Into the Mountain

Nan Shepherd: Into the Mountain

Join biographer Charlotte Peacock in conversation with Alison Lumsden to explore the life and writing of Nan Shepherd.

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: £3

Start 26 May 17:30
Extreme Rainfall and Floods in Arid Regions

Extreme Rainfall and Floods in Arid Regions

This talk explores whether rare but extreme flooding in arid sub-Saharan countries helps to replenish the scarce water resources or whether it is a blessing in disguise by concurrently resulting in contamination of these resources.

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 26 May 19:00
Denise Mina: The Long Drop

Denise Mina: The Long Drop

The Long Drop is Denise Mina’s first foray into true crime. It is the story of Peter Manuel, a serial killer operating in the 1950s in Glasgow

Location: Regent Lecture Theatre University of Aberdeen

Cost: From £4

Start 27 May 10:00
Sheena Blackhall

Sheena Blackhall

Sheena Blackhall is a writer, illustrator, traditional ballad singer and storyteller, who became Makar for Aberdeen and the North-East in 2009.

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: £3

Start 27 May 10:00
Ceòl agus Spòrs (Music and fun)

Ceòl agus Spòrs (Music and fun)

You don’t have to be a Gaelic speaker to attend this event and you can learn some new Gaelic words.

Location: Old Senate Room University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 11:00
Polish Scottish Songs

Polish Scottish Songs

The Polish-Scottish Song and Story Group will be performing songs to celebrate the musical cultures of both countries.

Location: King's Lawn University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 11:00
Mysterious Microbes

Mysterious Microbes

A journey of exploring the microscopic world that holds the secrets to some of the greatest discoveries.

Location: Regent Lecture Theatre University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 11:00
Chapel Service - Chaos and Order: Faith, Science and the Arts

Chapel Service - Chaos and Order: Faith, Science and the Arts

We often suppose them to be antagonistic and in opposition. Come and hear how much we have to learn!

Location: King's College Chapel University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 11:00
Stories and Songs: Traditional Traveller Encampment

Stories and Songs: Traditional Traveller Encampment

Stories and songs as they were meant to be heard – for adults and children!

Location: King's Lawn University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 11:00
Relax Kids

Relax Kids

A seven step programme of activities taking children from a high energy to a low energy.

Location: MacRobert Building University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 12:00
Masculin/Féminin

Masculin/Féminin

Building on an evolving dance form called ‘contact improvisation’, this duet grapples with issues of love, sex and identity to open a perspective reversal on human qualities such as dominance and vulnerability. 

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: £3

Start 27 May 12:00
Donald S. Murray

Donald S. Murray

Donald S. Murray has written much about islands and the seabirds that fly around them, and about weaving, fishing and other trades and traditions associated with island life.

Location: Multimedia Room University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 12:00
The Highland Frames

The Highland Frames

Look out for our six minute pop-up combination of high opera costume drama and madcap slapstick humor, involving one singer and a clarinetist!

Location: King's Lawn University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 12:00
Hall of Mayhem

Hall of Mayhem

Lots of fun, interactive and hands-on stalls for all the family!

Location: Elphinstone Hall University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 12:00
Fèis Bheag (Wee Fèis)

Fèis Bheag (Wee Fèis)

Come along and try out some fun activities you could do at a Fèis Bheag.

Location: Old Senate Room University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 12:00
Aberdeen Sports Village Obstacle Course

Aberdeen Sports Village Obstacle Course

A day of fitness and fun.

Location: King's Lawn University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 12:00
Circus Workshop

Circus Workshop

Come along and learn the art of entertaining at this circus workshop! 

Location: King's Lawn University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 12:30
Walk With Ease: From the US to the UK

Walk With Ease: From the US to the UK

Come and learn how Walk With Ease, an American walking programme for people with arthritis, was introduced here in Scotland.

Location: Regent Lecture Theatre University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 13:00
Relax Kids

Relax Kids

A seven step programme of activities taking children from a high energy to a low energy.

Location: MacRobert Building University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 13:00
Badger the Mystical Mutt

Badger the Mystical Mutt

Come and meet the star of this chart-topping illustrated children’s book series!

Location: New King's 1 University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 13:30
Walk With Ease: From the US to the UK Walking Tour

Walk With Ease: From the US to the UK Walking Tour

Join us for a walk and learn first-hand why Walk With Ease is so popular!

Location: Foyer of Regent Building University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 13:30
Hay of Seaton Memorial Talk

Hay of Seaton Memorial Talk

Dr Beth Lord will deliver an illustrated talk on ‘Spinoza’ with a focus on the ideas that derive from the Jewish tradition of thought.

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 13:30
Launch of Tea for the Rent Boy with Helen Lynch

Launch of Tea for the Rent Boy with Helen Lynch

Helen Lynch teaches at the University of Aberdeen and is Co-Director of the WORD Centre for Creative Writing. She also plays in the all-female North-East ceilidh band, Danse McCabre.

Location: King's Lawn University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 13:30
King's College Campus Tour

King's College Campus Tour

Discover all about the history and architecture of our beautiful King’s College campus.

Location: King's Museum Old Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 13:30
The Kinellar Experience

The Kinellar Experience

Young Travellers and friends from Kinellar Primary have come together to learn, play, and share songs and stories.

Location: New King's 41 University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 13:30
A Life in Television

A Life in Television

Hear about his television life from Aberdeen Student Television to Scotsport, and all the way to the Bafta and Emmy award winning The Graham Norton Show.

Location: King's College Conference Centre University of Aberdeen

Cost: £3

Start 27 May 14:00
Baroque Opera Project: Handel's Alcina

Baroque Opera Project: Handel's Alcina

Join the Early Music Ensembles for their fourth staged baroque opera project, performed with historical instruments.

Location: Arts Lecture Theatre University of Aberdeen

Cost: From £12

Start 27 May 14:00
Stories and Songs: Traditional Traveller Encampment

Stories and Songs: Traditional Traveller Encampment

Stories and songs as they were meant to be heard – for adults and children.

Location: King's Lawn University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 14:00
Fèis Mhòr (Big Fèis)

Fèis Mhòr (Big Fèis)

Come along and try out some of the fun activities you could do at a Fèis Mhor. 

Location: Old Senate Room University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 14:30
Hay of Seaton Tour: University of Aberdeen and Seaton Park

Hay of Seaton Tour: University of Aberdeen and Seaton Park

Join Anne-Michelle Slater and Chris Croly from the University of Aberdeen to tour areas of the University and Seaton Park! 

Location: Elphinstone Hall University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 14:30
Find Your Inner Songwriter: Song-writing Workshop with Kenn Clark

Find Your Inner Songwriter: Song-writing Workshop with Kenn Clark

The workshop will be less about formal learning, and more of a forum for exchanging and encouraging ideas, exploring writing styles, arrangements and structure! 

Location: Multimedia Room University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 15:00
Duncan Gillies/Donnchadh MacGilliosa - Launch of The Colourful Coat/An Cota Dathach

Duncan Gillies/Donnchadh MacGilliosa - Launch of The Colourful Coat/An Cota Dathach

Celebrating 50 years of the Gaelic Books Council join Ness author Duncan Gillies for the launch of his latest collection of Gaelic short fiction.

Location: Blackwell's University Bookshop Old Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 15:00
Doing Science with Metaphors

Doing Science with Metaphors

Surely science should avoid metaphors?! Not so, according to new historical and philosophical research.

Location: Regent Lecture Theatre University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 15:00
An Evening in Queer Berlin

An Evening in Queer Berlin

A unique combination of a talk, reading, screening, and exhibition which introduces audiences to the fascinating history of queer Berlin in the Weimar era.

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: £3

Start 27 May 15:00
Stories and Songs: Traditional Traveller Encampment

Stories and Songs: Traditional Traveller Encampment

Stories and songs as they were meant to be heard – for adults and children.

Location: King's Lawn University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 16:00
Aberdeen's Invisible Superheroes

Aberdeen's Invisible Superheroes

Ever wondered about the people behind the transport, water, flooding and energy infrastructure on which our quality of life depends?

Location: King's College Conference Centre University of Aberdeen

Cost: £3

Start 27 May 16:00
Cactus - Feedback - Drips

Cactus - Feedback - Drips

An illustrated family event featuring three pieces of new music, each with a twist!

Location: Butchart Building University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 17:00
Traditional Music Session

Traditional Music Session

An informal traditional music session hosted by the Elphinstone Institute and Scottish Culture and Traditions .

Location: Linklater Rooms University of Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 27 May 20:00
Baroque Opera Project: Handel's Alcina

Baroque Opera Project: Handel's Alcina

Join the Early Music Ensembles for their fourth staged baroque opera project, performed with historical instruments.

Location: Arts Lecture Theatre University of Aberdeen

Cost: From £12

Start 14 Jun
End 17 Jun
Look Again Festival

Look Again Festival

Aberdeen's festival of contemporary visual art & design. 2018 promises another unmissable programme of exhibitions, public art installations, workshops, talks and events!

Location: Various, Aberdeen

Start 14 Jun 10:00
End 17 Jun 17:00
Facades/Front

Facades/Front

A group of young women will perform together, their bodies contrasting with the imposing granite fronts that have historically housed patriarchal civic activity. 

Location: Marischal College, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 10:00
End 17 Jun 17:00
Mooth o da Cave

Mooth o da Cave

An interactive work in which members of the pubic and bidden participants are invited to interact with a painted cave.

Location: Various, Aberdeen city centre

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 10:00
End 17 Jun 17:00
A House in the Woods

A House in the Woods

An enchanting pavilion to occupy and activate the vast space of Marischal College Quad.

Location: Marischal College Quad, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 10:00
End 17 Jun 17:00
Super Aberdeen

Super Aberdeen

Beginning with a childs-eye view of the area where the artwork will be located, the project uses patterns and forms generated by Aberdeen- based STACK Artist Collective!

Location: Catherine Street, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 10:00
End 17 Jun 16:00
Celebration of Failure

Celebration of Failure

David Sherry will walk the streets of Aberdeen; an inconspicuous delivery man, hauling a trolley overloaded with boxes; part of the day-to-day toil that is the backdrop to every city!

Location: Start - Castlegate, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 10:00
End 17 Jun 17:00
Play-up playscapes

Play-up playscapes

Pop-Up Playscapes trials play provision in new contexts; transforming under-utilised spaces to legitimise and develop a culture of community play! 

Location: Various, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 10:00
End 17 Jun 17:00
Flag up Aberdeen

Flag up Aberdeen

A series of flags encouraging people to pause and reflect on this ongoing discussion.

Location: The Roof Garden, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 10:00
End 17 Jun 17:00
Wonder Chamber

Wonder Chamber

The Wonder Chamber is an array of material explorations that celebrate play and stimulation. 

Location: St Andrews Street, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 10:00
End 17 Jun 17:00
Deep Play

Deep Play

The Imagineers and Rumpus Room will come together to take over W OR M at Peacock Visual Arts that will be informed by the children’s everyday experiences of play!

Location: W O R M, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 10:00
End 17 Jun 17:00
Oor News

Oor News

Real fun fake news to the streets of Aberdeen. Oor newspaper will be filled with Oor Aiberdeen Monster stories from around the city!

Location: Upperkirkgate, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 10:00
End 17 Jun 17:00
Wee Rig

Wee Rig

Wee Rig is a multi-sensory interactive installation, designed to the theme of ‘Serious Play’. 

Location: Broad Street, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 10:00
End 17 Jun 17:00
Big Box

Big Box

Big Box is an interactive pavilion that has been designed around the idea of ‘Serious Play’.

Location: Broad Street, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 10:00
End 17 Jun 17:00
Positive Geographies

Positive Geographies

Quite deliberately the show is not about Aberdeen, but discusses issues that resonate far beyond the boundaries of the city.

Location: Look Again Temporary, St Andrew Street, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 10:00
End 17 Jun 17:00
Tendancy towards

Tendancy towards

The installation comprises a micro-ecosystem of screens, computer cases, organic and plastic matter spread across the floor, clinging to the fixings of the space.

Location: The Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 10:00
A Dial for Whispers

A Dial for Whispers

An interactive performance that revolves around the concept of sequential interpretation, based on ‘Chinese Whispers’.

Location: St Andrew Street, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 10:00
End 17 Jun 17:00
Etsy Aberdeen showcase

Etsy Aberdeen showcase

The curated design fair will showcase the best of Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire talent.

Location: St Nicholas Centre, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 17:00
Artist talk: Rob Lowe

Artist talk: Rob Lowe

Inspirational speaker Rob Lowe (aka Supermundane) will talk through his career to date and how he navigates a variety of creative discipline.

Location: TBC, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 14 Jun 21:00
Launch Party

Launch Party

Put on your dancing shoes and join us to celebrate the launch of Look Again 2018 with some soul, funk and disco!

Location: Brewdog Castlegate, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 16 Jun
End 24 Jun
Gray's School of Art show

Gray's School of Art show

A time of celebration for us all in recognising the huge journey that our graduates have undertaken to become the emerging talent of 2018!

Location: Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 16 Jun
End 17 Jun
Talks programme

Talks programme

A programme of talks and lunch discussions delivered by Visual Artist Unit commissioned for this year’s Look Again Art Weekender.

Location: Various, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 16 Jun 10:00
End 17 Jun 17:00
A Dial for Whispers

A Dial for Whispers

An interactive performance that revolves around the concept of sequential interpretation, based on ‘Chinese Whispers’.

Location: St Andrew Street, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

Start 30 Jun
End 1 Jul
Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival celebrates Scotland’s rich cultural and maritime heritage with a range of events taking place over its two-day long festival! 

Location: Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

Start 27 Jul
End 4 Aug
Aberdeen International Youth Festival

Aberdeen International Youth Festival

Aberdeen International Youth Festival is one of the biggest celebrations of youth arts in the world! 2018 will welcome a rich and diverse range of performances, productions and projects bringing together young performing artists from across the globe.

Location: Various, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Start 8 Sep
End 16 Sep
NEOS

NEOS

Local artists and makers will open their studios to the public. Festival visitors are invited to a unique opportunity to see creative juices flowing.

Location: Various, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire

Start 20 Sep
End 23 Sep
True North

True North

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.

Location: Various, Aberdeen city centre

Start 11 Oct
End 27 Sep
DanceLive

DanceLive

Running over three weekends in October and embracing 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.

Location: Various, Aberdeen



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