Energy is at the heart of Aberdeen’s vibrant and dynamic economy. Every two years the city plays host to SPE Offshore Europe, one of the world’s most high-profile international energy events in the industry’s calendar.
2013 marks the 40th anniversary of SPE Offshore Europe in Aberdeen and this September to complement the conference and exhibition programme, residents of and visitors to Aberdeen can experience the OE13 Energy Festival, a fantastic line-up of live events, music and entertainment showcasing the best produce and talent from Aberdeen City and Shire.
From Tuesday 3 September, the focus shifts to Aberdeen city centre where the Quad at Marischal College will offer a unique venue for a programme of outdoor entertainment including Jazz, international performers and traditional Scottish music. Visitors can wonder at the surroundings of the world’s second largest granite building while listening to exciting performances from a wide range of genres.
Aberdeen’s Country Fair will for the first time, be held during the evening in Belmont Street. With crafts on display to purchase, tasting sessions with local producers and street theatre that will make you smile, this vibrant street market is sure to provide a real flavour of the region in a safe and relaxed environment.
Finally, the city will celebrate its relationship with the oil and gas industry in a photographic exhibition at Seventeen, Aberdeen’s cultural hub in Belmont Street by charting the impact of the industry on Aberdeen’s growth and development over the last forty years. With work from Aberdeen based artist Callum Kellie on display and Aberdeen Journals providing images from their huge archive, this exhibition will provide a fascinating insight into the changing face of Aberdeen.
Organised by SPE Offshore Europe in conjunction with Aberdeen City Council and sponsored by BP, Shell, Taqa Bratani and the Balmoral Group, this festival provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the energy industry as a driving force in Aberdeen and to share the excitement of SPE Offshore Europe with the local community and visitors to the city.
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