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Energy Festival lights up Offshore Europe
Aberdeen's first Energy Festival powers up this weekend as the city gets set for Offshore Europe 2013.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the event, which is one of the largest oil and gas industry conference and exhibitions in the world. The OE13 Energy Festival, which boasts a fantastic line-up of live events across the city, will complement the Offshore Europe programme, opening it up to city residents and visitors.
The OE13 Energy Festival will showcase the best produce and talent from Aberdeen city and shire. It will also open up new venues to the public including the stunning granite Quad at Marischal College which will offer a unique venue for a programme of outdoor entertainment including jazz, international performers and traditional Scottish music.
Organised by SPE Offshore Europe in conjunction with Aberdeen City Council and sponsored by BP, Shell, Taqa Bratani and the Balmoral Group, the festival provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the energy industry as a driving force in Aberdeen and to share the excitement of SPE Offshore Europe with the local community and visitors to the city.
Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam said: "Offshore Europe always creates a fantastic buzz in the Granite City and this year will be even more exciting. The introduction of the Energy Festival presents a fantastic opportunity for the people of Aberdeen and our many thousands of visitors and delegates to get out and soak up the delights of the city and the many varied forms of entertainment being staged.
"There's something to suit every taste and I would encourage everyone to get out and see what's on offer."
Vasyl Zhygalo, Reed Exhibitions senior exhibition director said: "SPE Offshore Europe celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and is sharing the excitement of the show with Aberdeen residents and visitors in this new Energy Festival. It shifts the focus of the show to the city centre each evening with a fantastic line-up of live events, music and entertainment and gives our delegates plenty more opportunities to network, socialise and enjoy Europe's energy capital, Aberdeen."
Balmoral Group PR manager Steve Gibb said: "As part of Offshore Europe's history, and a desire to see the both the exhibition and festival develop in the years ahead, Balmoral fully supports this initiative in its inaugural year.
"We hope the festival attracts local residents as well as our friends from around the world and would encourage everyone to get involved and enjoy the very best of what Aberdeen city and shire has to offer. See you there!"
Aberdeen's Country Fair will for the first time, be held during the evening in Belmont Street. With crafts on display to purchase, tasting sessions with local producers and street theatre that will make you smile, this vibrant street market is sure to provide a real flavour of the region in a safe and relaxed environment.
40 Years of Oil and Gas Photography exhibition at Seventeen on Belmont Street.
Celebrate the city's forty year relationship with the oil and gas industry, featuring work from local artist Callum Kellie and a selection of images from the archives of Aberdeen Journals.
Featuring a selection of full and half broadsheet front pages from through the
years, Aberdeen Journals has always focussed on bringing the headlines from the oil and gas industry to its readership. This exhibition brings together print and images that encompass the many key issues faced by the oil and gas industry, including the social and economic impact of this sector on the development of Scotland and images of the thriving energy industry in action from fields including the Brent, Forties, Ninian and Argyll.
The RGU: SPORT Rowing Challenge will be held in the Academy Courtyard where members of the public will have the opportunity to measure their energy levels against male and female Olympic performances.
In the final of the Men's Eights at the London 2012 Olympics, the 48 rowers produced more than 8million watts of energy in five and a half minutes; which is 32 horsepower per second. On average each Olympic male rower produces approximately 550 watts a stroke and female rowers around 400 watts a stroke.
RGU: SPORT's sports facilities manager Lorna Cruickshank said: "We're proud to work alongside our partners at the Energy Festival which will be a unique and exciting experience in the heart of Aberdeen throughout Offshore Europe 2013.
International Night at the Quad, from 6-9pm on 3 September will bring together some of the finest young musicians from across Europe, performing a variety of
music and dance genres. Vocal ensemble 'Prasnitsa' from Aberdeen's twin city of Gomel, Belarus, will perform folk songs, Belarusian folklore and stylised songs.
Also performing is The Hip Hop School Scotland who will give a flavour of the young talent present in Aberdeen City and Shire. Having undertaken international
exchanges to Aberdeen's twin city of Clermont-Ferrand, the group recently created a one-off piece to celebrate the 30th Twinning Anniversary between Aberdeen and Clermont-Ferrand.
Rounding off the programme of entertainment this evening will be musicians from the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen College who will again showcase some of the unique talent that exists in the city from our global student base.
Scottish Night at the Quad from 6-9pm on 4 September
Hosted by local radio presenter Gordon Bathgate in conjunction with the Scottish Culture & Traditions Association (SC&T), this night promises to be enjoyable for all.
Scottish night features the Blyde Lasses a Shetland-flavoured, Aberdeen-based,
fiddle, concertina, and vocals duo Claire White and Frances Wilkins.
Also performing on the programme is Kenny Hadden, one of the pioneers of the reintroduction of the wooden "simplesystem" into traditional Scottish music.
There will also be music from David Anderson and his band, Paul Anderson on the fiddle and traditional and contemporary songs on clarsach, guitar, whistle and fiddle by Alison Hester (voice and whistle), Karen Ward (voice, clarsach, celtic harp and whistle) and Richard Ward (voice and guitar).
Jazz Night at the Quad from 6-9pm on Thursday, 5 September
These jazz performances promise to provide something for everyone as we celebrate the city's musical talent.
Singer Eileen Hunter joins the Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra for a night of classic jazz from the golden age of the great American songbook.
See a specially assembled band play the music from arguably the greatest jazz recording of all time, "Kind of Blue". Jazz icon, Miles Davis has inspired, trumpeter, Colin Steele's music and his bands deliver the master's classic tunes with the vigour and thrill of the original quintet.
Aberdeen's take-no-prisoners 10-piece funk and R&B outfit Funk Connection, plays classic funk, soul and disco hits from James Brown, the Isley Brothers, Chic, the Commodores, Kool and the Gang and many, many more, With a three singer front-line Lisa Paterson, MikeFerrie and Gillian Leiper, this Aberdeen band fills the dance floors of every venue it plays.