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Union Street has just been given a welcome splash of vibrant colour as bright new banners have been unveiled at the frontage of the historic Music Hall.

The eye-catching artwork, suspended between the pillars of the iconic Granite City venue, reflect the themes of music, family, comedy, dance and orchestra – all mainstays of the busy and vital much-loved Music Hall.

The banners have been funded by Aberdeen Performing Arts, which runs the Music Hall, and APA’s chief executive Sharon Burgess said she was delighted to see them in place.

“The exterior banners have been absent since before the pandemic, so bringing them back represents a really positive step forwards,” said Sharon.

“We want to celebrate all that the Music Hall brings to Aberdeen, and the bold, eye-catching new banners serve as a welcoming beacon for this iconic venue.

“The Music Hall is for the people – whether it’s a first experience of live music, a special moment seeing an inspirational performer, taking part in our creative engagement programme or a life event such as a graduation, these new banners are a reminder of what a special place the Music Hall is for so many reasons.”

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Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, also welcomed the addition of the banners to the city centre.

He said: “It’s great to see the new banners bringing bright colours to Union Street as well as drawing people to the Music Hall, which is an iconic, landmark granite building on our main street.

“We hope audiences at the Music Hall will be encouraged to spend time in the city centre while they are taking in a concert or show, and make the most of Aberdeen’s restaurants, bars and shops while they are here.”

Joining in the chorus of praise for the banners was Our Union Street leader Bob Kieller, who said: “The Music Hall is an iconic venue that deserves to be noticed and this is a welcome and colourful addition to the streetscape.”

And Aberdeen City Council’s culture spokesperson Councillor Martin Greig said the banners would help fly the flag for performing arts in Aberdeen.

“Their vibrancy will really draw attention to the Music Hall and remind residents of this fabulous venue right on our doorstep,” he said.

“These exciting designs will catch the attention of visitors to the city and highlight the wonderful diversity of shows and events held in the Music Hall through the year.”

Not only are the banners a major draw for the Music Hall, so is its rich offering of music, comedy and other performing arts. You can find out more about those here.