Nuart Aberdeen: street festival teed up for April return

Leading international street artists will add a dash of colour to the Granite City this Spring with the return of the Nuart festival.

Artists from Argentina, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal and the UK will use walls and buildings — including new sites — for murals.

The festival, delivered by business organisation Aberdeen Inspired in partnership with Nuart Festival and Aberdeen City Council, will take run from April 12-15.

The theme for this year’s festival is ‘A Revolution of the Ordinary’ and the world of non-institutional culture will be explored in a programme of talks, film screenings, walking tours and workshops.

Held in the Norwegian city of Stavanger since 2001, Nuart Aberdeen is the first and only overseas version of the festival, first hosted in Aberdeen in 2017 to widespread acclaim.

The Council has committed to investing £300,000 over three years to Nuart Aberdeen as part of the wider city events strategy.

Councillor Jenny Laing, Co-Leader of Aberdeen City Council, said: “As part of our Aberdeen Events 365 Strategy through our City Centre Masterplan, Aberdeen City Council is committed to making our city an even more vibrant place to live, work and visit.”

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “The festival was an overwhelming success last year and we hope to build on this to help market Aberdeen as a destination of choice to visitors from the rest of the country and beyond.”

The line-up includes Portuguese street artist Bordalo II, best known for his Trash Animals series of installations depicting animals endangered by pollution.

He said: “I’ve already started researching Scottish wildlife and nature, and am looking forward to producing something unique for the people of Aberdeen this April.”