Ten-year ‘creative lab’ plan un­veiled for city

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCALNEWS - BY JON HEBDITCH

A 10-year strat­egy to boost cul­ture in Aberdeen was launched yes­ter­day.

As part of the Cul­ture Aberdeen plan, city lead­ers en­vis­age the city be­com­ing a na­tion­lead­ing “creative lab” by 2028.

At the heart of that bid would be ef­forts to en­sure more of the city’s stu­dents chose to stay in Aberdeen once they grad­u­ate by boost­ing its cul­tural of­fer­ing.

A spe­cial launch event with mu­sic and Doric po­etry was held at the city’s Lemon Tree.

Dun­can Coburn, the chair­man of Creative Aberdeen, said that di­ver­si­fy­ing the city’s econ­omy away from the ma­jor oil and gas sec­tor was key, adding that more events would lead to an in­crease in civic pride.

Gary Cameron, head of place for gov­ern­ment agency Creative Scot­land, said: “There has been a big change in the last few years in the way peo­ple view Aberdeen. Scot­land is start­ing to recog­nise Aberdeen as a unique and dis­tinc­tive city.”

Coun­cil cul­ture spokes­woman Marie Boul­ton said: “I think what is re­ally im­por­tant is that this is not just a strat­egy handed down by the coun­cil, there has been a lot of con­sul­ta­tion and the res­i­dents of the city have had their say.”

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