Aberdeen Inspired has been awarded the Principal Award from Aberdeen Civic Society, presented at the Town House on Wednesday 25 October, for the Nuart Aberdeen street art festival.
Held in the Norwegian city of Stavanger since 2001 and widely regarded as the world’s leading celebration of street art, Nuart Aberdeen was the first overseas version of the festival.
The festival, which was held over the Easter weekend, saw a team of internationally acclaimed artists showcase their talents by creating eye-catching murals on walls around the city centre. The works have attracted large crowds to Aberdeen city centre with weekly walking tours of the murals very popular.
Nuart Aberdeen has already won four awards: The UK Association of Town and City Management’s Innovation Award, the Visit Scotland Award for Tourism, the British BIDs (Business Improvement Districts) place management award, and was instrumental in securing the 2017 European BID of the Year in July.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “Nuart Aberdeen was very successful which has resulted in a number of very prestigious awards this year which we are very proud of. It’s an honour to have been recognised by Aberdeen Civic Society with the principal award for delivering the festival and bringing street art to the city. Nuart sparked a huge amount of interest in the city with large crowds coming to the centre to see the street art throughout the year.”
Nuart Aberdeen was brought to the city by business organisation Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen City Council, and was supported by main sponsor Burness Paull LLP.