Aberdeen’s Nuart Festival gets go-ahead for next three years

Councillors have agreed to provide £100,000 which will help bring an award-winning street art festival to the city for the next three years.

The Nuart Festival will take place from Thursday, April 12, to Sunday, April 15, and will see a team of international, national and local artists develop their latest works on walls around the city centre.

Aberdeen City Council’s finance, policy and resources committee has approved three years of funding for a package of events which are delivered or supported by Aberdeen Inspired – including Nuart.

Funding has also been approved for the pro cycling Tour Series and the Great Aberdeen Run.

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “We are very grateful to Aberdeen City Council which was bold and ambitious in supporting us and understood that the city, and the wider North-east, got a very real return for the investment.

“We understand the challenges to the public purse, but the Nuart Aberdeen festival seems to be one that is universally accepted as being a game changer and one we all ought to be proud of and get behind.

“The festival left a legacy in the city and with its much-anticipated return in April of next year, we hope it continues to act as a stimulus in attracting many more high calibre cultural activities to Aberdeen.”

Martyn Reed, director and curator of the festival, said: “Quite a few people have asked me, ‘how are you going to top last year’ and to be honest, I thought the same myself for a while afterwards.

“Our debut year showed us what an amazing sense of community exists in Aberdeen, so many people came together to create work in a real spirit of collaboration.

“We felt we could achieve anything and I’m looking forward to coming back to the city in 2018 to keep the momentum going.”