A much needed distraction

A much needed distraction

We're back again after a month off with a look back over the past few weeks. Not only that, we have a whole shedload of events for the month ahead. It feels like everything has changed in the space of two months...and yet we're still in the same old permacrisis. It's never been more critical to find a distraction from the worries of the world so, conscious of cost-of-living concerns, we've collated a series of events this November that are mostly free, cheap or pay-what-you-can.

It's been heartbreaking to see the closure of the Belmont Filmhouse, and the loss of jobs to their fantastic staff. Community cinemas play a vital role in a city's culture, and it feels like a rug has been pulled from under us. However, we went through this 11 years ago and are hopeful that the active campaign to save the Belmont will succeed. If you want to take part or just keep up-to-date, join the Facebook group.

We keep the POST #AberdeenEvents calendar up-t0-date throughout the month. It's always worth checking in every few days to see if there is something new for you. If you have an event you'd like us to feature, send an email to hiya@postabdn.com or complete the form on our website. We're always keen to share your events no matter how big or small.


Chris & Kevin xx

Since Last Time

Temp Check: The Little Kicks' Steven Milnepostabdn.com

We caught up with The Little Kicks' lead singer Steven Milne ahead of the release of their fantastic new album 'People Need Love.' Since then there's been a very special live performance at Aberdeen Arts Centre. Steven talked about his challenges and joys during lockdown, his ambition and his love of album artwork. There's plenty to get your teeth into on this interview—one of our favourites in the Temp Check series.

New Deeside Way street art encourages active travelpostabdn.com

If you use the Deeside Way from Duthie Park regularly, you’ll see a new colourful mural by KMG. Aberdeen Cycle Forum commissioned the artwork to celebrate those who use the Deeside Way and to encourage others to get on their bike. It celebrates the Deeside Way’s shared-use nature and encourages people to exercise more.

November Events

Hours presents: Granite City Showcasepostabdn.com

4 Nov | HOURS presents a Granite City showcase, featuring Josh McLean, Symi Nemesis and Yung Jeo and more. The night looks set to be electric, with a great mix of Aberdeen hip-hop talent.


Guest at Gray's | Christine Borlandpostabdn.com

4 Nov | As a collaborative artist, Turner Prize nominee Christine Borland explores non-art-related areas, such as forensic science and medical ethics. This talk considers the trading of goods, including slaves, and also about giving birth for the first time.


Art Club!postabdn.com

5 Nov | Creative Aberdeen 'Art Club!' is a monthly pay-what-you-can meet-up which provides insight into the arts in the city and shares its positive benefits. This month sees a visit to Old Aberdeen to explore the art and architecture.


BGCP Aberdeen Comic Conpostabdn.com

5 Nov | BGCP Comic Con will be held at the Beach Leisure Centre this November, making it a great opportunity for comic fans to meet up. They focus on activities rather than big names, and at just £3 a ticket, it’ll be a great day out for the family.


SODU22: Scottish Open Data Unconferencepostabdn.com

5-6 Nov | SODU is a weekend-long event where people come together to speak about Open Data and explore where open data could be done better. At an unconference, the attendees create the agenda.


Speakin' Weird Open Micpostabdn.com

9 Nov | Speakin' Weird is a spoken-word open mic night with guest performances from some of the best spoken-word artists in the UK. The guest this month is the amazing Scottish Jamaican writer and poet, Jeda Pearl Lewis.


Caitlyn Holly Main | Catastrophe Souppostabdn.com

Opens Nov 11 | Catastrophe Soup is Aberdeen artist, Caitlyn Holly Main's collection of thirty short texts written over thirty days. This accompanying exhibition features mixed-media prints, writing and drawing that depict small moments of tenderness and resistance.


Introduction to Anatomical, Botanical & Life Drawingpostabdn.com

11 Nov | Arkade Studios offers pay-what-you-can drawing classes inspired by The Anatomy Rooms. Attendees will examine a selection of anatomical and botanical still-life setups. If you want to draw, this class is for you matter what your level or ability.


LGBT+ Writers Clubpostabdn.com

12 Nov | A writing group can be a brilliant source of support and motivation. It’s also a fantastic way to spend time with others. Join Four Pillars’ LGBT+ Writers Club and share your poems, short stories, or pieces of reflective writing with friendly, like-minded artists for constructive feedback and support.


The Capollos Livepostabdn.com

12 Nov | The Capollos are back and live at The Tunnels. Here in Aberdeen, and throughout Scotland, the band have built an impressive following. Influenced by bands like The Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, and Oasis. Not to be missed.


Gallery Sketchingpostabdn.com

12 Nov | An informal sketching session in the beautiful surroundings of Aberdeen Art Gallery. Draw inspiration from the gallery's collection and architectural spaces. No drawing experience is necessary. Just book your free spot, show up and connect.


TEDxAberdeen 2022 | Movementpostabdn.com

Following a successful event last year, Aberdeen Arts Centre will host TEDxAberdeen for the second time. It will be a day of sharing interpretations of TEDxAberdeen’s theme of “movement.” A wide range of topics will be discussed, including social acceptance, racism, language preservation, and resistance to change.


Staff Outing IIpostabdn.com

Closes 13 Nov | Staff Outing II is a new exhibition of works by Gray's School of Art staff taking place at the Look Again Project Space. It's been over three years since the first show, and this time features an expanded range of work. It's well worth taking some time to visit.


Critical Mass Aberdeenpostabdn.com

25 Nov | Aberdeen's cyclists come together to pedal the streets of the city centre and raise their profile with other road users. Rather than being organised by a single individual, Critical Mass is the result of a collective cycling community highlighting the need for safe and responsible coexistence between cyclists and other road users.


Dude Trips | 5 Years of 'Sad Lads'postabdn.com

25 Nov | Aberdeen emo charmers Dude Trip celebrate five years since the release of their debut record ‘Sad Lads’ while also marking their last live gig before taking a break from music. Also on the bill are Newcastle emo hardcore band LULL and Glasgow’s punk rockers WRTHLESS


Treasure Hub Open Daypostabdn.com

26 Nov | For one day only, Aberdeen Archives Galleries and Museums will open the doors of the Aberdeen Treasure Hub to everyone. Explore this remarkable collection, which belongs to the people of Aberdeen, with the AAGM team and take a 30-minute behind-the-scenes tour.


Printmaking Sans Frontierspostabdn.com

Closes 19 Nov | Peacock & the Worm hosts an exhibition of prints selected by Jonathan Comerford. In collaboration with Hard Ground Printmakers, the prints were produced between Cape Town and London. Printmaking Sans Frontiers collects the works of over 30 artists who have collaborated with Jonathan since the studio’s inception.


Re-framing the Collectionpostabdn.com

Closes 29 Jan | Re-framing the Collection explores how AAGM are addressing offensive and problematic language in the titles and descriptions of some works in their collection. Reinterpreting and re-displaying objects help give meaning and relevance to many more people. AAGM want all members of the city’s diverse communities to feel proud of it.



'Inbetween' An assemble of fine artists between 3rd & 4th year!moodofcollapse.blogspot.com

Jon Reid takes a look back at the hugely uplifting 'Inbetween' art show featuring fantastic work by Gray's School of Art students.

Colin Farquhar: Scotland's entire arts industry is endangered and needs youwww.pressandjournal.co.uk When we emerge from this cost of living crisis, we need to ensure that the arts have been sustained, and may emerge too, writes Colin Farquhar.

Julia Bryce: We don't realise the talent that's cooking right under our noseswww.pressandjournal.co.uk "Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is home to some of the most talented chefs in Scotland," says food and drink editor Julia Bryce.

Rachel M: Cycling with lots of people is fun. So many folks just want to get from A to B safely.rachel.blog

Last night I participated in Aberdeen's second-ever critical mass bike ride. Technically I believe it's not quite accurate to say it was the second as I've heard from members of the cycling community that it was previously done in the late 1990s.

Until next month...

We've got an exciting project racing towards us at the end of the month. Fingers crossed we can share it with you in the December edition of Your Aberdeen.

Until then, get out and enjoy Aberdeen. xx