Cultural sponsorship

In addition to sport sponsorship, Aberdeen Standard Investments has funded a number of cultural endeavours.

Edinburgh International Festival

EIF Opening Event

With a mutual commitment to excellence, ambition, creativity and innovation, our partnership with the Edinburgh International Festivals Opening Event allows both organisations to celebrate our shared home of Edinburgh on an international stage.

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: LA Phil at Tynecastle is going to kick off the 2019 Festival in spectacular style. This year celebrates the 100th Birthday of the legendary Los Angeles Philharmonic. The orchestra will be joined by superstar conductor Gustavo Dudamel – the driving force behind the LA Phil’s most passionate and energetic performances. Together they will be performing music from the best loved films of composer, John Williams, including Star Wars, ET, Jaws and Harry Potter. As well as a selection of music from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Looking back on previous Opening Events

2018 saw Edinburgh burst into life with the opening event, Five Telegrams, celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People and reflecting the centenary of the end of the Great War. Inspired by telegrams sent by young soldiers in 1918, the event feature work from Scottish composer Anna Meredith and explored themes of communication, censorship, propaganda and reconciliation.

In 2017, the opening event, Bloom, marked the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival. It celebrated how the Festival has transformed the city over the years by immersing the facades around St Andrew Square in colour, texture, sounds and sensations, with the audience right at the centre of the digital installation.

In 2016, the opening event Deep Time saw the western façade of Edinburgh Castle and Castle Rock used as the canvas for digitally animated projections inspired by the city’s past, set to a specially commissioned soundtrack by Scottish rock band Mogwai.

 

Queen Elizabeth II Garden at Hanover Square

Queen Elizabeth II Garden

The Queen Elizabeth II Garden is a gift to the City of New York and its people from the Anglo-American community and its friends.

The Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden, formerly the British Garden in Hanover Square, New York City, is a fantastic example of the strong links between the UK, Commonwealth nations and the United States. The garden – which is a gift to the city and people of New York and has His Royal Highness Prince Charles as its patron – is close to Ground Zero and is in an area of the city with significant historical associations with the UK.

The Garden's newly expanded mission is to celebrate the historic ties of friendship and unity between the United States of America, Commonwealth countries and the United Kingdom. On May 2, 2012 the Dean of Westminster Abbey visited the Garden and formally re-dedicated it as the Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden.

Thomas Blake Glover Scholarship

Thomas Blake Glover Scholarship

Funding talented Scottish students for an intensive language course in Japan.

Scottish young people with an interest in Japanese culture and a clear business focus have the chance to apply for a scholarship to study in Japan, thanks to sponsorship from Aberdeen.

The Thomas Blake Scholarship funds intensive language study at university summer schools in Japan.

Aberdeen and the Thomas Blake Glover Scholarship

We sponsor the scholarship through the Japan Society of Scotland.

  • The scholarship is open to young people who are at a post-secondary educational level.
  • It funds them to travel to Japan for intensive study of the Japanese language at the International Christian University (ICU) Summer Programme. It provides a grant of £5,000.
  • We give preference to candidates whose interest in Japan has a business focus.

Dundee student awarded opportunity to study in Japan

About the Thomas Blake Glover scholarship

The scholarship is named after the Scottish entrepreneur Thomas Blake Glover, born in Aberdeenshire in 1838. Glover settled in Nagasaki in 1859 and played a critically important role in opening Japan to the west. Known as the Scottish Samurai, he introduced the first railway locomotive, started the Kirin brewery and influenced the industrial development of Mitsubishi.

  • EIF Opening Event

    With a mutual commitment to excellence, ambition, creativity and innovation, our partnership with the Edinburgh International Festivals Opening Event allows both organisations to celebrate our shared home of Edinburgh on an international stage.

    The Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: LA Phil at Tynecastle is going to kick off the 2019 Festival in spectacular style. This year celebrates the 100th Birthday of the legendary Los Angeles Philharmonic. The orchestra will be joined by superstar conductor Gustavo Dudamel – the driving force behind the LA Phil’s most passionate and energetic performances. Together they will be performing music from the best loved films of composer, John Williams, including Star Wars, ET, Jaws and Harry Potter. As well as a selection of music from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

    Looking back on previous Opening Events

    2018 saw Edinburgh burst into life with the opening event, Five Telegrams, celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People and reflecting the centenary of the end of the Great War. Inspired by telegrams sent by young soldiers in 1918, the event feature work from Scottish composer Anna Meredith and explored themes of communication, censorship, propaganda and reconciliation.

    In 2017, the opening event, Bloom, marked the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival. It celebrated how the Festival has transformed the city over the years by immersing the facades around St Andrew Square in colour, texture, sounds and sensations, with the audience right at the centre of the digital installation.

    In 2016, the opening event Deep Time saw the western façade of Edinburgh Castle and Castle Rock used as the canvas for digitally animated projections inspired by the city’s past, set to a specially commissioned soundtrack by Scottish rock band Mogwai.

     

  • Queen Elizabeth II Garden

    The Queen Elizabeth II Garden is a gift to the City of New York and its people from the Anglo-American community and its friends.

    The Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden, formerly the British Garden in Hanover Square, New York City, is a fantastic example of the strong links between the UK, Commonwealth nations and the United States. The garden – which is a gift to the city and people of New York and has His Royal Highness Prince Charles as its patron – is close to Ground Zero and is in an area of the city with significant historical associations with the UK.

    The Garden's newly expanded mission is to celebrate the historic ties of friendship and unity between the United States of America, Commonwealth countries and the United Kingdom. On May 2, 2012 the Dean of Westminster Abbey visited the Garden and formally re-dedicated it as the Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden.

  • Thomas Blake Glover Scholarship

    Funding talented Scottish students for an intensive language course in Japan.

    Scottish young people with an interest in Japanese culture and a clear business focus have the chance to apply for a scholarship to study in Japan, thanks to sponsorship from Aberdeen.

    The Thomas Blake Scholarship funds intensive language study at university summer schools in Japan.

    Aberdeen and the Thomas Blake Glover Scholarship

    We sponsor the scholarship through the Japan Society of Scotland.

    • The scholarship is open to young people who are at a post-secondary educational level.
    • It funds them to travel to Japan for intensive study of the Japanese language at the International Christian University (ICU) Summer Programme. It provides a grant of £5,000.
    • We give preference to candidates whose interest in Japan has a business focus.

    Dundee student awarded opportunity to study in Japan

    About the Thomas Blake Glover scholarship

    The scholarship is named after the Scottish entrepreneur Thomas Blake Glover, born in Aberdeenshire in 1838. Glover settled in Nagasaki in 1859 and played a critically important role in opening Japan to the west. Known as the Scottish Samurai, he introduced the first railway locomotive, started the Kirin brewery and influenced the industrial development of Mitsubishi.