Best events at Aberdeen May Festival 2016
An inspiring programme of literature, comedy, talks and – importantly – gin
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
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
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