May Fest 2019

May Fest 2019

The University of Aberdeen's May Festival is back for 2019 - with a bigger programme than ever!

The festival, which has been running since 2013, will take place from Friday 24 – 26 May and spans nine main themes including; Culture, History and Heritage, Music, the Environment, Science, Health and Wellbeing and Word.

With more than 150 events on offer it will be the largest May Festival to date and, as part of celebrations for the University of Aberdeen being named as The Times and Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year, will take festivities beyond King’s College campus to the city centre and to the heart of local communities.

For the first time, the festival will feature a May Fest Community programme, which is an exciting initiative offering a wide range of events which will take place at Powis Community Centre and Tillydrone Church. Events in this programme include music workshops, storytelling, tours and drop-in sessions. The May Fest Community programme is part of the University’s commitment to widening access and is supported by Aberdeen City Council.  

The ever-popular tours are back, and this year members of the public can enjoy guided walks around the Cruickshank Botanic Garden, King’s College Chapel and Seaton Park.

Film Director and University alum Jon S. Baird, who was behind the recent BAFTA nominated hit Stan and Ollie, will return to the University to discuss his career at a special Director’s Cut event.

University of Aberdeen research will be showcased via the Discover theme with members of the public invited to explore the hot topics and real-life issues facing society and the impact research carried out here in the north-east can have on them.

Literary fans will enjoy this year’s WORD theme, which will welcome writers including Liz Lochhead, Alan Spence, and Sara Baume to the festival to discuss their recent works.

The University’s many talented musicians will also take centre stage, not only on campus but also at local venue The Blue Lamp where the Aberdeen University Jazz Orchestra will perform.

Offering a fun and inspiring programme of events to keep visitors of all ages entertained, there is something for everyone, and it is open to all. For one weekend, the historic campus will be transformed into a hub of festival fun, from cultural crafts and powerful performances to exploring the fascinating science of everyday life. We look forward to seeing you there!

To view the full programme and book tickets please visit the May Fest website

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The University of Aberdeen
Various Venues on the Old Aberdeen Campus and in the City Centre.