MayFest Community - Thursday 23 - Sunday 26 May

Powis Community Centre and Tillydrone Church will become official venues during this year’s Festival, hosting several free events for the community to enjoy.

Working in partnership with individuals and committees at both venues, we will see traditional musicians, storytellers, children’s authors, choirs, science operas, dance and local playwrights perform in these locations over the May Fest weekend.

The MayFest Community programme is taking place in an effort to widen access to the Festival as well as underlining a commitment by the University of Aberdeen and the Festival organising committee to fulfil the foundational statement that the University is ‘Open to All.’

We look forward to working with our partners in both communities at Powis and Tillydrone, creating an exciting and accessible series of events for everyone to enjoy!

Fun Community Based Events:

  • Play some instruments at a fun music workshop
  • Hear some Polish & Traditional Scottish songs 
  • Children’s storytelling and chat to the authors
  • Tour round the Cruickshank Botanic Garden and Seaton Park
  • Be entertained by a unique and interesting science themed Opera
  • Drop-In and learn some Doric phrases
  • And much more!

View the full MayFest Community Programme for Powis Community Centre HERE and Tillydrone Church HERE

MayFest City - Monday 21 - Sunday 26 May

The MayFest City Programme is designed to highlight events which are happening in and around the city centre in the run up to and during the May Fest weekend. 

From well known regular events such as Cafe MED and Cafe Scientifique, to special one off events, there is something to interest everyone, and it is all on your doorstep. 

Drop by Waterstones to hear multi-award-winning novelist Sara Baume discuss and read from her latest book. Or why not visit the Belmont Filmhouse to view the documentary The Silence of Others

The Blue Lamp will host several great events including performances from a team of young writers, the Aberdeen University Jazz Orchestra will showcase their amazing skills and talent, and well-known writer James Robertson will host an evening to remember songwriter, actor and writer - Michael Marra.

 View the full MayFest City Programme HERE

The MayFest City and Community Programme is supported by: The University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council, Powis Community Centre, Tillydrone Church, SC&T, SC&T Youth Collective and the Polish Association.