Celebrate Aberdeen scoops top outdoor events award

Posted on January 31, 2016

The Celebrate Aberdeen team with Lord Provost George Adam.
The Celebrate Aberdeen team with Lord Provost George Adam.

An event which celebrates the community spirit that exists throughout Aberdeen has won the 2015 National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) Scotland Award.

Founded by Morven Mackenzie, director of events management company 46 Degrees, this year’s two-day Celebrate Aberdeen, in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, saw a parade of nearly 3,000 individuals from more than 100 diverse third sector organisations unite together in kaleidoscope of colour as they walked through the heart of the city.

A number of musical performances were also held at various venues across the city, including Union Terrace Gardens, The Central Library and the Roof Garden near the St Nicholas Centre, with the people of Aberdeen able to enjoy performances from the city’s most-talented acts.

Morven Mackenzie, founder of Celebrate Aberdeen, said: “This is a fantastic award to win and is down to the great community spirit demonstrated by the people who take part in helping organise the event.

“Celebrate Aberdeen started as a third sector parade four years ago and has grown considerably since then, with music performances, sporting taster sessions and even local food produce being added on.

“However, the focus remains the same, namely that of community, positivity and volunteering, In light of this, we’re delighted the have won the NOEA award.”

Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam said: “It is fantastic that Celebrate Aberdeen has won this award – the Celebrate Aberdeen team, Aberdeen City Council Events team and all the volunteers involved more than deserve it and it is testament to their hard work.

“The parade and the music performances over the weekend took a lot of organising and a huge amount of voluntary effort as many people gave their time for free to help make it a wonderful weekend. Celebrate Aberdeen deserves this national recognition.”

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