Aberdeen aims to illuminate the north as it submits bid to be UK City of Culture in 2017. UK City of Culture is a year long celebration of the arts and culture. Organised by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the year would bring massive cultural events to the city.

aberdeen-art-galleryAberdeen is one of eleven cities bidding to be the 2017 UK City of Culture. Although it is home to one of the finest provincial art gallery in the UK and some of the country’s leading artists, writers, dancers, singers, designers, film makers and other creative talents, it is not always associated with culture. The aim of the bid is to change this perception and create new opportunities for the city to move forward.


As part of the bidding process, a Bid Team was established. They spent several months talking to local artists and audiences to find out what are their cultural needs and what in their opinion Aberdeen cultural life is lacking. The most common answers were requests for more opera, more dance, more music, more theatre, more use of empty spaces and more opportunities to people looking for big events that bring the whole city together.

The team have been supported by all 43 Aberdeen City Councilors. Also comedian Billy Connolly is among those who have already backed Aberdeen, alongside singer Emeli Sande, percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and author Stuart MacBride.


 You can also support the bid: by liking it on Facebook, by following the cause on Twitter or by subscribing to the newsletter on  Aberdeen 2017 website.

In the meantime why not organize a short city break to check on Aberdeen’s bid preparations? Book your stay at Thistle Aberdeen Airport, The Caledonian Aberdeen or Thistle Aberdeen Altens and discover city’s cultural gems.

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