Cultural sponsorship

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

Edinburgh International Festival

EIF Opening Event

In collaboration with Tony-award winning '59 productions', the 2018 Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams marks the start of the world renowned Edinburgh International Festival.

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams will see the city burst into life on Friday 3 August with a spectacular free outdoor performance 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 will explore themes of communication, censorship, propaganda and reconciliation, and is part of the 14-18 NOW arts programme for the First World War.

It will feature new work from Scottish composer Anna Meredith and will mark an historic partnership between the International Festival and the BBC Proms. Young people from Edinburgh will also be working in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art to contribute to this truly collaborative and world class event.

Looking back on previous Opening Events

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.

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

 

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.

Nuart Aberdeen

Nuart Aberdeen 2018

Supporting the award-winning street art festival in Aberdeen

Nuart is an international contemporary street and urban art festival, held annually in Stavanger, Norway since 2001. It is widely considered the world's leading celebration of Street Art among its peers. Nuart Aberdeen, a new international platform, is designed to not only present the most interesting and relevant Street Art of its time, but to also activate and inspire an emergent local scene whilst encouraging creative collaborations with twin city Stavanger. Now in its second year, Nuart Aberdeen, which is delivered by city centre organisation Aberdeen Inspired in partnership with Nuart Festival and Aberdeen City Council is fast becoming one of Aberdeen’s most anticipated festivals.

Visit the Nuart Aberdeen website for more info.

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

    In collaboration with Tony-award winning '59 productions', the 2018 Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams marks the start of the world renowned Edinburgh International Festival.

    The Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams will see the city burst into life on Friday 3 August with a spectacular free outdoor performance 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 will explore themes of communication, censorship, propaganda and reconciliation, and is part of the 14-18 NOW arts programme for the First World War.

    It will feature new work from Scottish composer Anna Meredith and will mark an historic partnership between the International Festival and the BBC Proms. Young people from Edinburgh will also be working in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art to contribute to this truly collaborative and world class event.

    Looking back on previous Opening Events

    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.

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

     

  • 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.

  • Nuart Aberdeen 2018

    Supporting the award-winning street art festival in Aberdeen

    Nuart is an international contemporary street and urban art festival, held annually in Stavanger, Norway since 2001. It is widely considered the world's leading celebration of Street Art among its peers. Nuart Aberdeen, a new international platform, is designed to not only present the most interesting and relevant Street Art of its time, but to also activate and inspire an emergent local scene whilst encouraging creative collaborations with twin city Stavanger. Now in its second year, Nuart Aberdeen, which is delivered by city centre organisation Aberdeen Inspired in partnership with Nuart Festival and Aberdeen City Council is fast becoming one of Aberdeen’s most anticipated festivals.

    Visit the Nuart Aberdeen website for more info.

  • 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.