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Six side-splitting comedians to bring star power to Aberdeen International Comedy Festival

Six new hilarious acts have just been added to the line-up for this October joining headliners which include the likes of David O’Doherty, Milton Jones, Harry Hill, Jack Dee, Sofie Hagen and many more.

Added to the star-studded line-up is the self-depreciating Brennan Reece, much-loved Hal Cruttenden, effortlessly funny Jojo Sutherland, the hysterical Liam Withnail, gleefully obscene Olga Koch and Glaswegian funny boys ‘Weegie Hink Ae That?’ Many of these shows will debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in August and it’s great news that they will follow this by touring to Aberdeen which is building a strong reputation as a leading destination for comedy.

Businesses can get involved with the festival in lots of ways. It’s a great way to treat your team, socialise with busines contacts or simply get together with a group of family or friends. And with the festival marketing aiming to reaching a Scotland wide audience hospitality providers should put together deals for accommodation and short breaks and restaurants and bars can look to promote special ‘festival’ deals for food and drinks.

If you want to get in touch to make a group booking or to let us know what you’re planning to help encourage visitors to the city to stay, eat and drink during the festival days and nights then simply get IN Touch by emailing -

The final shows are currently being programmed and it is expected the full festival line up will be unveiled mid August.

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Nuart Aberdeen 2022 hailed a success

Nuart Aberdeen 2022 lived up to its promise this year to reconnect people, when thousands flocked to the city centre to take in the street art and join in on the festival fun, and we are thrilled to announce the festival will return next year!

Treasured by locals and visitors alike Nuart Aberdeen has, since it first landed in the city in 2017, now been woven into the fabric of the city and has enhanced Aberdeen’s unique character. Over 10 days, huge walls in Aberdeen City Centre were transformed into world class works of public art by a line-up of artists who have created murals all over the globe from Europe to North America. Two of the 2022 murals even made it into the ‘best of’ guide to street art around the world for June. Read more here.

Adrian Watson, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Inspired commented: “It takes a huge amount of work and genuine partnerships to make a festival like Nuart Aberdeen possible and I’d like to thank Aberdeen City Council who took a risk and supported the festival since its inception.

“Together with many other local businesses, wall owners, property agents, the Universities, NESCol and our army of local volunteers we all deliver a street art festival that is second to none in the world by fostering genuine, productive and mutually beneficial working partnerships, all for the benefit of the city and its people.”

If you haven't had a chance to get out to see the latest murals, you can view our downloadable map here and take yourself on a self guided walking tour.

Make sure to check out the Nuart Aberdeen 2022 Film here.

Nuart Aberdeen is thankful for the funding from Aberdeen City Council to help deliver the festival and also for the hard work, commitment and dedication of over 80 local volunteers who helped make this year such a huge success.

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Umbrellas shower Aberdeen in colour

At the end of June, we launched our Umbrella Project in partnership with the ADHD Foundation. The displays aim to raise awareness of and to celebrate the ‘umbrella’ term of neurodiversity, including ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia. The project also aims to raise awareness of the support that is available to individuals and families.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all our sponsors - Harbour Energy, the Scottish Government’s ‘Scotland Loves Local’ fund, Goodsons, CNR, Robert Andrew Strachan, Union Square, PwC, Crossenergy, Torus BGP, and Lindsey & Andy Ritchie.

You can find the umbrellas on Shiprow and Bon Accord Terrace and they will be up until September 2022. You can also spot some mini umbrella installations at Aberdeen City Library, Aberdeen Douglas Hotel, TMM Recruitment, Trinity Shopping Centre, Namaste Delhi and many more. Keep your eyes peeled for our reel coming soon featuring all the businesses installations!

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Make your thoughts heard on Aberdeen’s Taxis

As the city recovers and regenerates, transport to and from our city centre is a common concern with taxi availability being mentioned by many to be negatively affecting customer experience.

In looking to address this issue, Aberdeen City Council are contemplating a potential to review the street knowledge test to address declining driver numbers. A consultation is open with businesses and members of the public invited to give their opinions here. The consultation closes on Friday 5 August and the results will be reported back to the Licensing Committee in September.

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Big Bounce @ Bon Accord

The Big Bounce at Bon Accord is back and we are delighted to be supporting this fantastic event!

Come along on from Thursday 11 – Sun 14 August for giant inflatables, bouncy castles, music and more. Join in the family fun!

The event will return to St Nicholas Roof Garden and Upperkirkgate/Schoolhill areas, as well as expanding to St Nicholas Street. Big Bounce raises money for One Great Day, supporting Charlie House and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Read more here.

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Green & Bee Trinity Rooftop Garden

Last week, the team at Aberdeen Inspired were invited along to the opening of the Green & Bee rooftop garden at Trinity Centre Aberdeen in memory of Angela Joss.

Aberdeen Inspired are delighted to be able to support this project. The space will be used by community groups, charities and volunteers.

We can’t wait to see how the garden grows and this project flourishes. Read more here.

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A scintillating September in store with triple festival delight in Aberdeen

Aberdeen Performing Arts today announces three exciting events which will hit the Granite City in September. Brand new festival Wonderland, the return of music festival True North, and a spectacular temporary pop-up venue called Wonder Hoose.

This is a great time for bars, restaurants, hotels and many more to start planning deals to benefit from the footfall these festivals will bring into our city centre. If you’re planning a deal, get in touch with us to promote it.

Read more about the exciting news here.

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New bar opens in city centre

New Aberdeen bar ‘Motif’ opened yesterday on Union Street & Langstane Place, at the former Draft Project location. Check out their website and follow their Instagram for all the latest updates.

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Society Awards are back!

The Society Awards are back and we are thrilled to be the headline sponsor.

Commenting on the return of the Society Awards, Adrian Watson, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Inspired said:

“Aberdeen Inspired is delighted to be the headline sponsor of the Society Awards and we look forward, through the awards, to showcasing all the great and innovative businesses that make up the heart of city and wider north east business community.

“With fourteen awards up for grabs covering every sector from fashion to food, I’d encourage all our city centre businesses to enter and of course those from the wider region.

“Regardless of size the awards present a genuine opportunity for business owners to showcase what they do and the part they play in making Aberdeen and the Shire a great place to live, work and play.

“We are proud to partner with DC Thomson to bring the Society Awards back to the heart of our city and look forward to celebrating the achievements and giving the recognition richly deserved to the fantastic businesses in the city and north-east".

Read more here.

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Maggie’s Grill opens in city centre

Earlier this month, soul food restaurant Maggie’s Grill opened their second location in Marischal Square.

They have seen an amazing response from the public and have been busy since opening their doors. Check out their website here and book your table today.

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Celebrate Aberdeen set to return

We are delighted to be a supporting partner with Celebrate Aberdeen, which showcases the enormous contribution that charities, voluntary groups, and social enterprises have on life in North-east Scotland, will make a welcome return this year.

Cancelled for the last two years due to the pandemic, the highly popular parade, organised in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, will be held on Saturday, 27 August, with the Celebrate Aberdeen Awards taking place three weeks later at P&J Live on Saturday 17 September.

Registrations close this Friday for the parade on Saturday 27 August, apply here.


Aberdeen Cocktail Week

Organised by Gregor Sey, this October (18 – 24), Aberdeen Cocktail Week (ACW) welcomes everyone to the city to explore, sip and shake their way through dozens of bars, cocktail events, and exclusive cocktail recipes.

Bars will be shaking up a special menu of cocktails starting from just £5 with plenty of no-alcohol options available. As well as exclusive menus, wristband holders will also gain access to a growing list of cocktail events, created especially for Aberdeen Cocktail Week.

Wristbands are on sale now - find out more here.

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Fierce Summer Sessions

Starting on Saturday 6 August, Fierce Beer will be be kicking off their Summer Sessions and welcoming the public to their new brewery for the first time!


Friday 12/19/26- 5-10pm
Every Saturday & Sunday - 12-8pm

Can’t make it to their Summer Sessions? Head to their bar on 4-6 Exchequer Row for a tasty pint.


TEDXAberdeen roster of speakers unveiled

TEDxAberdeen has revealed the roster of speakers ready to take centre stage at its second event later this year on Saturday 12 November.

The line-up of speakers includes Dr Aileen Alexander, Eric Doyle, Katie Forbes, Fraser Hay, Lauren Hay, Lyly Lepinay, Zoe Morrison, Del Redvers, Sarah Rochester, Alex Whyte and Martin Robertson.

Covering a diverse range of topics including social acceptance and inclusion, racism, keeping language alive, resistance to change, re-thinking values, and societal conditioning, they will share their interpretation of the TEDxAberdeen theme of ‘movement’ at the one-day event.

Read more about the speakers here >

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Aberdeen marked as starting point for Tour of Britain

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire will host the Tour of Britain Grand Départ for the first time ever on Sunday 4 September 2022.

Presented by TotalEnergies, the eighth Scottish Grand Départ in modern Tour history will mark the furthest north the race has ever started.

Stage one will begin in Aberdeen city centre, where a full weekend of activities, including the Scottish Cycling Criterium Championships, is planned. Read more here.

Deloitte & Aberdeen Cyrenians partnership

Aberdeen Cyrenians, a local charity that cares for and supports vulnerable people in the North-east, has announced that it has been successful in its bid to become a charity partner for professional services firm, Deloitte.

Having been selected by Deloitte’s people based out of the firm’s Aberdeen office, the new partnership will benefit local people across the region as part of Deloitte’s 5 Million Futures responsible business programme. The programme aims to help five million people get to where they want to be through access to education and employment. The partnership will see Deloitte offer wide ranging support including fundraising, volunteering and pro bono business advice.

Read more here.

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North Sea Transition Authority to move into Marischal Square

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) has confirmed they are moving into new offices in the prestigious Marischal Square building in Aberdeen. This follows the news energy giant Shell will be relocating to The Silver Fin building on Union Street from their previous Tullos HQ.

A key strand of Aberdeen Inspired’s business plan and indeed the wider Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan has been to encourage employers to choose the city centre as a base for their operations. With the impending arrival of Shell and NSTA, the city centre will benefit hugely, in generating greater footfall that will support our excellent retail and hospitality sectors at a time when it has never been more needed.

Read more here.

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Get involved with the Aberdeen Gift Card

With over 220 businesses in Aberdeen City already signed up, the Aberdeen Gift Card is delivering a much-needed boost directly back into local economy. Funded by Aberdeen Inspired the scheme is free to join and does not cost your business or the consumer anything, it’s simply another payment method for the goods, services or products your business sells.

If you are a business who accepts the gift card, then it is in your interest to promote that you accept it! Research shows that on average people spend 65% more on top of the value of their card when they redeem it and that their likelihood of becoming a repeat customer is over 50%.

Gifting the card is simple. You can go to the Bon Accord Centre information desk or online here with the option of an e-card being sent straight to the recipient.

If you’d like to sign your business up to be part of scheme, then simply click here and we will do the rest!

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Single Use Plastics Regulations

Scotland’s single use plastic ban will come into full effect next month after a loophole which undermined the new law has finally been closed.

This change – which takes effect on 12 August – means it will be an offence to supply and use plastic goods such as cutlery, straws, cups and food containers anywhere in Scotland. Read more here.

Businesses in the hospitality sector can visit – the main webpage for the regulations where you can find all the relevant info, FAQs and links.

Meet the Locals

Earlier this year, we launched our ‘Meet the Locals’ campaign on our social media channels. The aim of this is to shine the spotlight on our local businesses and the people who run them and encourage the people of Aberdeen to come into the city centre!

So far we have caught up with The Greenhouse, Haigs, Bloom Lifestyle Salon and Kuoni, Michies & Country Ways, Aberdein Considine, Cheerz, Nickel & Dime and Olive Alexanders to discuss what is going on within their businesses as well as their plans for the future, you can view these stories here.

Coming soon are features on Union Kirk, Bar Below, Doric Skateboards and Chaophraya. If you’re a city centre business who’d like to be featured in our ‘Meet the Locals’ campaign, please get in touch here.


Are you a business in the city centre who wants to be featured on our social channels? Do you have a story you want to share with us for our next IN Touch? Make sure to tag us or email us here, it makes it so much easier for us to find and share your content!

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