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Biggest ever 50+ Festival set to launch this Saturday
Aberdeen's biggest ever 50+ Festival opens this Saturday with a massive Family Fun Day in Duthie Park.
The popular festival, organised by Aberdeen City Council and supported by the Common Good Fund, is marking its 11th year by staging 79 exciting events over nine days, many of them free, at venues across the city.
The Family Fun Day runs from 10.30am until late afternoon and will feature free entertainment in the park from singers, dancers, musicians and marionettes, along with meditation sessions, science demonstrations and a petting zoo.
Special highlights will include an appearance by Epico, the 15-foot long animatronic dragon, and The Flying Buttresses walkabout puppets.
Afternoon entertainment will also be staged in a marquee in the park from 1.30pm until 5pm, including dancing to the sounds of That Swing Sensation, a sing-along with The Three Belles, a performance by the Scottish amateur ballroom and Latin dance champions and entertainment from puppet man Scott Land.
Entry to the marquee is by ticket £6 (adults), £3 (children) and £16 (family ticket) available from Aberdeen Box Office, tel (01224) 641122. Afternoon tea, cakes and sandwiches are included in the ticket price.
Folk attending the event are reminded that demand for parking in the area will be high and are advised to consider alternatives to the car to travel to the park. To prevent congestion and to protect the public during this popular event, no parking will be allowed on either side of Riverside Drive, between Great Southern Road and Polmuir Road, or on either side of Polmuir Road, between Fonthill Road and Murray Terrace, from 6am until 8pm on Saturday.
Other festival highlights include an audience with journalist and TV presenter Barry Norman at the Belmont Cinema, a performance by Fiona Kennedy with singers, musicians and actors at the Cowdray Hall, and a family variety show at the Music Hall featuring music, dance and comedy.
A World War Two re-enactment of the Enigma code-breaking machine will be staged at the Town House, along with presentations on wartime shipwrecks off the North-east coast. And The Tivoli Theatre will host an event with author Jimmy Littlejohn and theatre owner Brian Hendry looking at the venue's past, present and future.
The festival will feature special screenings at the Belmont Cinema of the popular movies Mamma Mia, Quartet and Les Miserables. This year's 50+ will also offer a wide range of free activity sessions, including swimming, badminton, health walks, netball, new age kurling, ice skating and walking football.
Afternoon teas, walking tours, dance demonstrations, jazz and classical concerts, a photographic exhibition, sing-along sessions, food and health--themed events and an antiques open day are also part of the festival. And throughout the festival period, a series of free 'Get Connected' events has been organised at venues across the city to help folk get more familiar with new technologies.
Tickets for all the 50+ Festival events, including those which are free but with admission by ticket only, are available from Aberdeen Box Office, tel (01224) 641122. Full details of all the 50+ Festival events can be found on the Aberdeen City Council website.