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Nuart tours are hugely popular during the street art festival and all year round. Image - Aberdeen Inspired.

The world-acclaimed Nuart Aberdeen festival has been praised by the Scottish Parliament for bringing global street artists to the Granite City – along with thousands of visitors.

A motion lodged at Holyrood by Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart, welcomes the return of festival from June 6 to 9 this year.

The praise from the Parliament and the recognition of the positive impact Nuart has on visitors to the heart of Aberdeen were welcomed by Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, which stages the festival in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, delivered Reed Projects.


Nuart Aberdeen leaves a legacy of stunning artwork across the city. Image - Aberdeen Inpired

Mr Stewart’s motion at Holyrood said: “Parliament welcomes the return of the world-acclaimed Nuart Aberdeen street art festival from 6 to 9 June 2024, understands that the event, which is staged by Aberdeen Inspired, will see some of the most acclaimed and upcoming street artists from around the globe come to Aberdeen to transform city walls into works of art, from large-scale murals to smaller and more intimate piece.

“(Parliament) recognises that, in previous years, the festival has seen thousands of visitors flock to Aberdeen city centre to enjoy the new artworks… and looks forward to the announcement of the 2024 theme and the list of walls to be transformed in due course.”

Mr Watson said: “We are thrilled and honoured that Nuart Aberdeen has once again been put in the national spotlight, thanks to Kevin’s welcome and gracious motion before the Scottish Parliament - especially given the number of MSPs who have shown their support.”

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Many of the Nuart works are now iconic images for Aberdeen. Image - Aberdeen Inspired.

He added it was clear Nuart Aberdeen is helping achieve the core aim of Aberdeen Inspired – to bring people into the city centre, to have them linger here and encourage them to support our local shops, restaurants, bars and other attractions.

Mr Watson said: “Being singled out in Holyrood for the thousands of visitors Nuart attracts underlines its popularity, making it one of the most successful of the many and varied festivals that add so much to the cultural life of Aberdeen – not to mention our economy.

“Of course, Nuart doesn’t bring people into the city for just the festival weekend. The artworks bring people into Aberdeen all year round to discover and enjoy these pieces for themselves, including on regular organised tours.”

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Nuart tours are an ideal way to learn more about the artworks. Image - Aberdeen Supplied.

Mr Watson said the “exciting” line-up of artists for this year’s Nuart Aberdeen will be announced in the coming days, with the walls which will form part of this year’s festival announced shortly after.

“Staging the festival is a massive undertaking and I can’t thank enough everyone involved from the team here at Aberdeen Inspired, to the unflinching support of Aberdeen City Council and the vision and expertise of Reed Projects.

“We can’t wait for Nuart Aberdeen to return this June 6 to 9, to bring that energy and excitement to the Granite City and leave a legacy of stunning and transformational artwork that people will continue to enjoy long after the festival weekend.”

Read the announcement of Nuart Aberdeen's return for 2024 here.