Walking tours, exclusive film screenings and talks from world-leading experts are all on the agenda for this year’s Nuart Aberdeen festival.
The street art celebration will return to the Granite City for its third outing next month, with a wide variety of colourful pieces slated to spring up on walls and buildings across the region.
Some of the names making their way to the north-east for the festival are German Jan Vormann, who repairs damaged walls with brightly-coloured Lego bricks.
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London graffiti artist Ben Eine and Miami’s Axel Void – who tells stories with “visceral realness” and “hazy nostalgia” – are also on the bill.
Bolstering this further, a programme of additional events taking place over April 18-21 has been unveiled by organiser Aberdeen Inspired.
A two-day conference will be held featuring “some of the finest minds dedicated to the study of street art” – with every part of it free and open to the public.
Speakers will include academic and author Susan Hansen, editor of culture magazine Juxtapoz, Evan Pricco, and Texan criminology lecturer Jeff Farrell.
Meanwhile, the Belmont Filmhouse will host Imaginary City, which has been described as a “poetic visual essay.”
And there will also be a question and answer session with Lara Seixo Rodrigues who created the Graffiti Grandmas phenomenon – encouraging over-65s in Portugal and South America to pick up some spray paint and let loose.
The festival will launch with a special event at The Green on Saturday April 20, featuring music, street food, bars and kids’ workshops.
Walking tours around the new art installations across Aberdeen will also be held at regular times throughout the weekend.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “We are delighted to announce the comprehensive range of talks, debates, workshops, screenings and much more that makes up the Nuart Aberdeen programme this year.
“Now in its third year, it has been incredible to see the impact Nuart Aberdeen continues to have on the city.
“It has truly captured the hearts and minds of the public and we hope to continue building on that success to further position Aberdeen as a destination of choice to visitors from near and far afield.”
And Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council’s culture spokeswoman, said: “Excitement is building as the opening day draws closer.
“There is always an incredible welcome for the artists and the work they create – with a real sense of anticipation as the walls and buildings are brought to life.”
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