Best events at Aberdeen May Festival 2016

An inspiring programme of literature, comedy, talks and – importantly – gin

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Best events at Aberdeen May Festival 2016

Author Kirstin Innes

The tagline for Aberdeen University's May Festival is 'be inspired', which is actually quite an easy ask when you look at the programme. The festival takes place at various venues across Aberdeen from Fri 27–Sun 29 May. This year, there are over 100 events covering a diverse range of cultural activities, including literature, film, music and food-related goings-on. Here, we've picked five that we reckon are particularly inspiring.

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas
Stand-up comedian Susan Morris is the host of this chuckle-worthy cabaret, which sees some of Scotland's finest minds share their opinion on controversial research. Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas was previously on at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and covers topics such as ‘Big Pharma’, women, health, history and jobs. It's not as serious as it sounds, honest.
Sun 29 May, Linklater Rooms, 6pm

Polari: The Literary Salon
London's award-winning LGBT literary salon, Polari, provides a platform for LGBT writers to present their work in a supportive (and fun) manner. At The Literary Salon, you can hear authors such as VG Lee and Gerry Potter read from their work. For over 16s.
Sun 29 May, Festival Marquee, 6pm

Gin Tasting
Mmm, gin. This event showcases Aberdeen's first gin in over 100 years – Porter's. Hear all about the history of the spirit, and sample a wee tipple for yourself at the Gin Tasting. There may even be a cocktail or two in it for you.
Fri 27 May, Linklater Rooms, 6.30pm

The Aberdeen Riots
Take a trip back in time and hear about the riots of 1785, when politics spilled out on to the streets of Aberdeen and everything got a little hairy.
Fri 27 May, Linklater Rooms, 11.30am

Kirstin Innes
Her debut novel, Fishnet, won The Guardian's Not The Booker Prize, and now author Kirstin Innes is appearing at the festival to chat about her work.
Sat 28 May, Festival Marquee, 4pm

Kirstin Innes

Journalist and Fishnet author Kirstin Innes talks about her work.

May Festival: Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas Linklater Rooms, University of Aberdeen Sunday 29th May 6.00pm to 7.30pm Some of Scotland’s finest minds invite you to share your opinions about their most controversial research, with stand-up comedian Susan Morrison. Some of the topics may include, ‘Big Pharma’, women, health, history and…

The Aberdeen Riots

Aberdeen has been stereotyped somewhat in the past as a city that exemplified the political, social and economic values of what historians call the ‘conservative north-east’ of Scotland. But the city’s rich historical archives reveal that during the 1780s Aberdeen had a deserved  reputation as a major centre in Scotland…

Gin Tasting

The May Festival is delighted to host the first event showcasing Porter’s Gin – Aberdeen’s first gin in over 100 years launched in December 2015. Snap up the chance to learn, taste and talk – hear about gin’s bumpy ride throughout history and how Porter’s fits into this rather busy industry. Sample the best ways to enjoy…

Polari – The Literary Salon Workshop

Come along to a free creative writing workshop hosted by Paul Burston, author, journalist and founder of the award-winning LGBT literary salon, Polari. The workshop is aimed at anyone who would like to write but never had enough confidence to try, or just wants to see if this is an interest they might want to develop. One…

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