art & culture in aberdeen
With its roots in the 1960s, the festival originally moved around Europe before settling in Aberdeen in 1982. Since then, its popularity has rocketed.
Apart from fulfilling the founder's wish of including a greater variety of cultures, it now incorporates two summer schools for individual musicians and dancers, a fine-arts programme and a multi-arts project involving local young disabled people.
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Opened in 1885 and designed by local architect Alexander Marshall McKenzie, the popular Aberdeen Art Gallery has impressive collections of modern art, as well as work by the Impressionists and much more.
In addition to 18th-century portraits by Raeburn, Hogarth, Ramsay and Reynolds and powerful 20th-century works by Paul Nash,
The gallery is one of four operated by Aberdeen City Council, the others being the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, overlooking the harbour, Provost Skene's House (a 16th-century town house with a 17th-century suite of rooms inside) and the Tolbooth (one of the best preserved 17th-century Scottish gaols).
Map Of Aberdeen
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