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The Aberdeen Granite Festival and Granite Festival events

The Granite Festival Aberdeen was created in May 2011 to celebrate the magnificent buildings of the Granite City and the workmanship of our masons. Aberdeen earned the nickname The Granite City from its beautiful rock that is used in building such as Provost Skene's House Aberdeen which shimmer in the sunshine.

The Aberdeen Granite Festival hosts a wide range of activities throughout the city such as demonstrations, walks, talks and concerts.

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There is a leaflet that has the events taking place in the Granite Festival which is available from most tourist locations throughout Aberdeenshire, such as the Aberdeen Art Gallery.

The 2012 Granite Festival runs from 13 to 19 May and includes illustrates talks on subjects like the history of Rubislaw Quarry from its owners Hugh Black and Sandy Whyte and workshops.

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The Granite Festival events for 2011 are listed below:

Thursday 5 May, 12.30-1pm Aberdeen Maritime Museum - Granite Industry Sources. Free talk by Aberdeen City Archives archivist Martin Hall. Booking essential - tel (01224) 337714.

Saturday 7 May, 2- 4pm Mastrick Library - Reminiscence Drop-in Session (also Weds 18 May, 5-7pm, Local Studies, Central Library; and Sat 28 May 2-4pm, Tillydrone Library)
Did you used to work in the granite industry? Do you have stories to tell and memories to share about the City's trademark stone? If so, why not join Aberdeen Local Studies for an opportunity to share your fascinating memories and help us preserve your granite stories for future generations. Admission free.

Sunday 8 May Duthie Park walking tour (2 hours approx). Meet at the Riverside car park at 2.30pm. Take a closer look at the history of the park's granite monuments, sculptures wells and much more with curator Jenny Brown, historian Chris Croly and volunteer Frank Donnelly. Places are free but booking is essential - tel (01224) 523700.

Tuesday 10 May - City centre walking tour (2 hours approx). Meet at St Nicholas Kirk main door at 2.30pm. The tour with Jenny Brown, Chris Croly and Frank Donnelly will explore the granite cityscape of Aberdeen, giving people the chance to learn about the development of the granite industry and how it affected the city we see today. Places are free but booking is essential - tel (01224) 523700.

Wednesday 11 May, 12.30-1pm. Provost Skene's House - Rubislaw Quarry. Free talk on Rubislaw Quarry by curator Jenny Brown. Booking essential - tel (01224) 641086.

Thursday 12 May, 12.45-1.30pm Cowdray Hall - Lunch break Concert, the Music of Edgard Varese. Performance of music by the pioneering French-American composer, whose music was inspired by the granite landscapes of his south-central France childhood; Octandre, an ensemble composition conducted by Dr Paul Tierney, and Density 21.5 solo flute composition performed by Margaret Preston. Admission free.

Saturday 14 May, 10.30am-3.30pm - Aberdeen Maritime Museum - Building the Granite City family activity day. Help create the Granite City in miniature by making clay models of some of the iconic buildings. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Places are free. No need to book - just drop in and join in.

Saturday 14 May, 12.30-1.15pm. Aberdeen Maritime Museum - Aberdeen, Its Buildings and Monuments. Free talk by David Miller of Aberdeen Town and County History Society. Booking essential - tel (01224) 337714.

Sunday 15 May - Dyce bus and walking tour (2 hours approx). Meet at Dyce Railway Station car park at 2.30pm The tour with Jenny Brown, Chris Croly and Frank Donnelly will explore some very different uses of granite over the centuries in the Dyce area, taking in prehistory as well as the Second World War. Places cost £9.50 (£8.50 concessions) - but booking essential - tel (01224) 523700.

Tuesday 17 May, 12.30-1.15pm - Aberdeen Art Gallery - Cleaning Granite Buildings; Risks and Benefits. Free talk by Dr Maureen Young of Historic Scotland. Booking essential - tel 523700.

Wednesday 18 May, 12.30-1pm - Aberdeen Art Gallery - John Fyfe by John Singer Sargent. Free talk by lead curator Jennifer Melville. Booking essential - tel (01224) 523700.

Thursday 19 May, 12.45 - 1.30pm. Aberdeen Art Gallery - Lunchbreak Concert, Granite City Chorus. The North of Scotland's only barbershop chorus performing a varied repertoire of traditional Scottish and American folk songs, ballads, contemporary tunes and songs from the musicals. Admission free.

Friday 20 May, 12.30-1pm - Aberdeen Maritime Museum - A & J Robertson (Granite) Ltd: A Family Granite Business. Free talk by managing director Graeme Robertson. Booking essential - tel (01224) 337714.

Sunday 22 May, 12.30-1pm Aberdeen Maritime Museum - Dusty Work. Free talk by curator Jenny Brown. Booking essential - tel (01224) 337714.

Thursday 26 May Hazlehead Park walking tour. Meet at the Tram Shelter, main car park at 2.30pm. The tour with Jenny Brown, Chris Croly and Frank Donnelly will explore some of the granite features in the park, including the polished granite Piper Alpha Memorial. Places are free but booking is essential - tel (01224) 523700.

Friday 27 May, 12.30-1pm. Aberdeen Maritime Museum - Sustainable Stone: Making The Most of our Natural Resource. Free talk by Colin Tennant, chief executive of the Scottish Stone Liaison Group. Booking essential - tel (01224) 337714.

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