Grand Départ

Grand Départ
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Welcome to September. The month ahead is packed with cool things you and your family can go to and be part of. As soon as we think “we can catch up next month,” the events begin to pile up.

September boasts sporting events, art exhibitions, festivals, music releases and an open invite to visit some of Aberdeen’s most interesting buildings.

Times are tight though, so we've built a FREE section of our Aberdeen Events calendar. It has certainly been helpful to us when looking for enjoyable ways to spend time with family and friends without dropping some cash toward the end of the month.

We hope this newsletter is helpful to you, and we hope that you will forward it to your friends so that they can get to know all the amazing events happening in Granite City.

Stay Awesome,

Chris and Kevin

The month ahead

Masters Degree Show at Gray'

Until 3 Sep | The Gray’s Masters Degree Show is on for just a few more days. This show celebrates the accomplishments of Gray's graduates, and it brings together the creativity of full and part-time students. It's a brilliant opportunity to see what these fresh faced artists are bringing to the table.

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Aberdeen Art

3 Sep | With this 10th anniversary celebration, the Aberdeen Art Fair always has a wide appeal, from those making their first purchase to serious collectors. With more galleries and artist than ever this year, you can enjoy exhibits including paintings, sculptures, prints, photos, and handmade designer furniture.

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Tour of Britain Grand Dé

4 Sep | The opening stage of Tour of Britain 2022 is the furthest north the Tour of Britain has ever started, and the eighth Scottish Grand Départ in modern history. A full weekend of activities has been planned in the city centre, including the Scottish Cycling Criterium Championships. This stage will also feature the first-ever summit finish on an opening day in modern race history at Glenshee.

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8 - 11 Sep | Wonderland is a love letter to Aberdeen. It will feature aerial dancers, soundscapes, films, art installations, an enchanted emporium, and an urban garden all for free. Wonderland will see 12 artists and collectives produce 22 brand new artworks which will be installed, displayed and performed across the city centre.

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North East Open Studios

10 - 18 Sep | Aberdeen and the north-east's artists, makers and designers open their studios to the public. It's a fantastic opportunity to get to know and chat with individual artists, see their inspirations and working methods, and discover our region’s wealth of talent.

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Aberdeen Doors Open Days

10 - 11 Sep | The city will once again host one of Scotland’s largest free heritage festivals, with over 40 venues already confirmed. Discover our city's historic organisations, green spaces, hidden gems, local communities, beautiful architecture, and much more. Don’t miss this chance to support Aberdeen’s local venues and communities.

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Code the City

10 - 11 Sep | Code the City is back! The civic hacking initiative attracts people who are interested in using technology and data for civic good. The team uses a variety of tools to generate ideas, including hack weekends, open data, workshops, and idea generation tools. Organisers have chosen Education as the broad theme for this event.

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20 - 25 Sep | WayWORD literary festival returns for 2022 with a programme full of variety and excitement. This year's events are both in-person and online. Headliners include Monica Ali, Raymond Antrobus, Christopher Brookmyre, Jenny Colgan, C.J. Cooke, Bee Asha Singh, Alan Spence, Booker Prize-winner Douglas Stuart, Esther Woolfson and more.

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The Rothienorman Picture

21 - 24 Sep | Aberdeen’s own Flying Pigs return to HMT with ‘The Rothienorman Picture Show‘, a new mix of songs and sketches. Fast, funny, and with a distinctive North-East flavour, the punk ‘Scotland the What‘ are sure to delight toonsers, teuchters and ab’dy in atween.

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True North Music

22 - 25 Sep | Award-winning music festival True North returns and will include performances from world music legend Nitin Sawhney and singers Mica Paris and Emeli Sandé. Travis is another headline act for this year’s festival. The band will play the city’s Music Hall on Saturday 24 September performing the classic album The Invisible Band in full alongside their other greatest hits.

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Medieval Mayhem | Gallery

30 Sep | A night of medieval revelling, dressing up, fun and games for grown-ups. Guests can expect costumes, a Viking murder mystery, body art, and rune reading from a Viking seeress. There also will be speed sketching, a costume competition and experts of the time to bring the past to life. Aberdeen Art Gallery is ready to party like it’s 1399!

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Album releases

CLBRKS & Vagrant Real Estate - The Iceberg

9 Sep | The Iceberg Theory is the new collaborative project from Blah Records’ CLBRKS and Aberdeen producer Vagrant Real Estate. Crafted remotely through the last year between London and Aberdeen. Following the concept of writer Ernest Hemingway’s theory of omission.

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The Little Kicks - People Need

30 Sep | The Little Kicks release their fantastic fifth studio album, People Need Love, later this month. It's a very personal, introspective release, with frontman Steven Milne exploring some of the difficulties he's had since the last album and turning them into something positive.

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Until next month

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Have a great September...we'll see you again at the start of next month.