Nuart: full programme revealed

The programme for the Nuart Aberdeen street festival, which runs from April 18-21, has been announced.

Events will get underway at the Belmont Filmhouse on Thursday, April 18, an exclusive In Conversation event with playwright, designer and celebrated Scottish artist John Byrne.

The first of two conference days will begin on Friday April 19 and continue on Saturday April 20, featuring talks and presentations from this year’s artists, along with insights from writers, curators, film makers and researchers, who will explore global issues that surround the street art phenomenon.

The festival’s public opening will be held at The Green at 1pm on Saturday, April 20, and for the first time, will include the popular Inspired Nights on the Green. Featuring music, street food, licensed bars, art stalls and kids workshops over the Easter weekend, it will be the place to be to sample a range of treats and activities.

Youngsters will also be invited to create an imaginary rooftop city during the Chalk Don’t Chalk LEGO workshop, as they are invited to join artists and hosts in a brick build on Sunday, April 21, at the Rooftop Garden, St Nicholas.

Nuart Aberdeen is spearheaded by Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen City Council, with support from delivery partners Burness Paull and The McGinty’s Group.

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council’s culture spokesperson, said: “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.

“Aberdeen City Council is proud to be a Nuart Aberdeen partner and our £300,000 funding commitment over three years underlines our support for building an innovative and vibrant events programme through our Aberdeen 365 strategy and City Centre Masterplan.”

Martyn Reed, Director and Curator of Nuart, said: “Nuart Plus consists of some of the finest minds dedicated to the study of Street Art and related practices, interspersed with artist presentations, films and panel debates designed to entertain as much as they are educate.”

Dr Susan Hansen, host and co-curator of the conference, added: “Our Street Art Talks at the Belmont Filmhouse (April 19-20) will bring together a rare mix of local and international experts for two jam packed days – all talks are free and open to the public.”

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “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.”

Click here for full details of the programme.