As the working week draws to a close you might wonder how best to use your blissful two days of freedom ahead. Wonder no more.
A deeply committed group of volunteers have been working tirelessly over the past weeks and months to bring you a two-day programme packed with parading charities, talented performers and sporting activities.
Here’s how to make the most of Celebrate Aberdeen 2016:
Day one: Saturday, 27 August
Celebrate Aberdeen kicks off on style with the Union Street mile followed by the third sector parade, which will make its colourful way down Union Street towards the Gallowgate from 11am. Since bursting into life in 2011, the parade has brought together more than 3,500 people from 130 charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. Come along and give ‘em a cheer.
If you need to rest your voice after all the cheering, take a stroll to one of Celebrate Aberdeen’s performance venues and enjoy the sounds of some of our best local artists. There are musical styles aplenty to experience. Choose your spot from Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen Central Library or new venues for 2016, The Green and Union Square. Don’t want the fun to end? Laugh out loud until later with Breakneck Comedy at the Blue Lamp.
See the full Saturday schedule here.
Day two: Sunday, 28 August
There’s only one problem with the day two schedule – choosing which performance to enjoy next. The programme of events starts in energetic style with Zumba at noon in Union Terrace Gardens.
The acts then keep on coming – right until the 4.15pm closing performance by the Lorelei. During changeovers, Wrestlezone will be on site to keep the entertainment levels high. Meanwhile, additional venues in The Green, Bon Accord Centre, Trinity Centre and the Roof Garden at St Nicholas will play host to a series of afternoon performances including choirs, bands and solo artists.
See the full Sunday schedule here.
One last thing…
Celebrate Aberdeen 2016 has been pulled together against an incredibly challenging economic climate. The fact that the event has endured – and indeed expanded into new areas – is testament to the resilience and spirit that exists in our city. It could not have happened without the support of loyal sponsors and corporate supporters, as well as the volunteers who give their time and skills to bring the event to life. This cumulative achievement, surely, is something to celebrate in itself.