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Are you ready to exercise your chuckle muscles? The Aberdeen Comedy Festival returns to the north east from 5-15 October, boasting some of the country's biggest comedy names in over 50 shows. Britain's Got Talent 2017 finalist Daliso Chaponda joins the likes of John Hegley, Fred MacAulay, Andrew Maxwell and Gary Delaney in a line-up which also features showings of classic comedies at the Belmon Filmhouse. Budding comedians can also sign up to one of two workshops to hone their craft and learn the tricks of the trade. www.aberdeencomedyfestival.com


True North, Aberdeen's festival of music and song, takes place from 7-10 September. Although at the time of writing the programme hasn't been announced yet, last year's festival included stunning gigs from the likes of Laura Mvula, Honeyblood, King Creosote and Richard Hawley. Always a highlight is the annual tribute concert, which in the past has seen a collective of top Scottish musicians take on the work of iconic artists like Kate Bush and Neil Young. Gigs will be held in His Majesty's Theatre, The Lemon Tree and the Tivoli Theatre, as well as more unusual venues like the Maritime Museum and the Anatomy Rooms. www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/truenorth


Look Again, Aberdeen's festival of visual art and design, is held from 27 April-1 May. Bringing together visual art, design and architecture, it allows locals to become tourists in their own city and visitors to discover hidden intricacies in the Granite City. Showcasing work from acclaimed Scottish and international artists, the festival will take over the city centre with a thought-provoking series of exhibitions and installations. www.aberdeenfestivals.com/our-festivals/lookagain


In 2016, Aberdeen's Tolbooth, a historic prison, celebrates its 400th anniversary. As well as tours of the building which detail its history and infamous prisoners, a special exhibition entitled ‘Tales from the Tolbooth' from January 25 onwards will reveal some of the rarer details about the city-centre attraction. Admission is free and more information can be found at www.visitabdn.com/whats-on/calendar/tales-from-the-tolbooth

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