April Showers in Aberdeen

The latest on this month's culture and events

April Showers in Aberdeen


Sorry for the delay in this month's newsletter. Following the early release of the March edition, it feels like ages since we were last in touch. However, it was definitely worth the wait. We've been tirelessly collecting exciting events for the upcoming month, and Aberdeen has yet again exceeded our expectations.

On the blogging front, we’ve been keeping busy as well. We've been reporting on the opening of a brand-new creative space in the city. Sure to be a hub for local artists and creators. Furthermore, we were fortunate to have a guest writer, Ruth Slater, share an engaging story about Chapbook and its significance in Scotland's folk music revival. And, of course, there's news of the return of Nuart Aberdeen in June!

Speaking of Nuart, they have just relaunched their walking tours, offering a unique and interactive wayerience the city's street art scene. Aberdeen Gallery is showcasing a captivating new photo exhibition that is not to be missed. And Look Again promises an unforgettable night full of wild surprises with CRACK!

We hope you enjoy reading this month's newsletter and find at least a handful of events for you, your friends and your family. Thanks for your continued support. We really appreciate it.

Chris & Kevin 💌

This month

  • We’re writing about
  • What’s on in April?
  • Your photos
  • Until next month

What We’re Writing About

The Scottish folk revival was very much centred in Aberdeen. This was because of the fan magazine, Chapbook. Chapbook featured essays, poetry, and artwork documenting the rich cultural impact of Scottish folk music.

From ballads to fiddle tunes, this genre has a deep-rooted history in Aberdeen and continues to influence music today. This article, written by Ruth Slater, is for anyone interested in the Scottish music scene or the revival of traditional folk music.

The return of Nuart for 2023

We're so excited for the return of Nuart Aberdeen, which is back in June with the theme 'rewilding'. Featuring 10 renowned artists creating large murals and smaller installations throughout the city. Nuart Aberdeen has grown into one of the world's most significant street art festivals, attracting tourists from all over to explore the vibrant works of art that transform the city's streets and public spaces.

Stay tuned for the announcement of this year's lineup of artists!

Two Aberdeen-based contemporary artists have teamed up for a new collaborative gallery and creative workspace called Growing Pains. Gray’s School of Art graduates Caitlin Robb and Ace Ireland are establishing an all-inclusive gallery to develop new artists and hope to expand into other creative areas.

The name Growing Pains represents their struggle when leaving art school and figuring out what comes next.

Lynx seal League Championship with seconds to go

In a sold-out Lynx Ice Arena, with many more fans watching live on YouTube, Aberdeen Lynx won the SNL League Championship in the last ten seconds of their match with Edinburgh Capitals. In the end, a cheeky Ben Edmonds flick into the corner of the net was all it took to separate the sides and award the league title to the Cats. It was a huge win for the Aberdeen side.

Dreams and Dangerous Ideas at The Worm

What’s on in March?

It's time to explore some of the events that Aberdeen has in store for the month of April. The events listed here are just a sample of what's available. For a comprehensive list, be sure to check out our Aberdeen Events page, which is continually updated throughout the month.

Until 8 April - Dreams & Dangerous Ideas

Dreams & Dangerous Ideas is a great wee exhibition at The Worm Gallery that showcases the Women’s Lib movement in Aberdeen during the 1970s and 1980s. It features archived materials, stories, and memories from activists, including Chris Aldred, Louise Irvine, Cath McKay, Margaret Lochrie, and Sandie Wyles.

Until 23 September - Oor Future by Oor Monsters

Oor Future is a fun art show at the Music Hall about climate change and how you can take action to address it. Aberdeen-based artists Gabrielle Reith and Philip Thompson‘s exhibit encourages you to be positive, self-reflective, and proactive about climate action in your own life.

Until 11 June - Where Ideas are Born

Get ready for a visual feast at Aberdeen Art Gallery. Where Ideas are Born brings together over 20 talented photographers from the famous Magnum Agency. You’ll see 70 mesmerising photo portraits of world-renowned artists, capturing the exact moment when inspiration strikes and ideas come to life.

7-8 April - Greyhope Bay Big Birthday Weekend

To celebrate their amazing first year, the Greyhope Bay Centre team has put on a weekend-long party packed with exciting events and activities. With food trucks, music and special tours, it’s going to be a huge weekend with crowds expected to join in the fun.

8 April - The Broken Creels Live and Local

HMV Aberdeen welcomes Aberdeen singer/songwriter Colin Clyne’s new band, The Broken Creels for this week’s free Live and Local. These shows are a unique and memorable experience for customers. There’s something special about standing so close to fantastic local bands and singers as they show off their musical talent.

9 and 23 April - Nuart Aberdeen Walking Tours

Experience Aberdeen’s vibrant and dynamic murals with an expert walking tour guide every second Sunday. Learn the meaning behind the artwork, and the stories about how they were created. This is the best way to experience Nuart Aberdeen and discover the captivating artworks created over the past six years.

12 April - Speakin’ Weird Open Mic

A spoken word open mic night where you can bring your poetry, prose, stories, comedy, or anything else you’d like to share. You can either take part or just sit back and enjoy the talented people on stage. This month’s special guest is the brilliant poet Stephen James Smith.

14 April - Fittie Film Club - Substance

This month’s Fittie Film Club movie is Substance, chosen in partnership with Aberdeen Surf Club. This stunning surf film was shot in the coastal regions of Britain and Ireland. The waves are stunning, with steep faces and crystal-clear barrels providing an epic playground for the surfers.

19-22 April - Code Red

Code Red is a print installation created by Peter Kennard at The Worm Gallery. Using photomontage techniques, he expresses his outrage towards the climate crisis through images. He has spent more than fifty years creating protest art that is uncompromising and hard-hitting.

21 April - CRACK

CRACK is a wild and experimental performance club night celebrating LGBTQIA+ organisations and activists from Aberdeen. Those who work to improve the LGBTQIA+ environment within the local scene. Look Again host the night at OGV Podium featuring talented artists and performers with links to the city.

28 April - Critical Mass

Aberdeen’s bike users congregate to pedal the streets of the city centre on the last Friday of every month. Their aim is to raise their profile with other road users. Bicycle commuters, leisure riders, activists and fans of the sport join together to make cycling safe through the streets…safety in numbers.

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Until next month

We were thrilled to feature a guest writer on our blog this month! We’re always looking to broaden our horizons and welcome diverse perspectives to POST. Everyone has a unique story to share and valuable experiences to offer.

So, if you have something interesting or exciting happening in your life that you'd like to share with the world, we would love to hear from you! Whether it's a personal achievement, a project you're working on, or an idea you're passionate about, we are always open to new contributions.

Don't hesitate to reach out to us and become a part of our growing community. Let's work together to create an inclusive space where everyone's voice can be heard and celebrated. We can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

See you next month 💛