Granite Noir: Aberdeen’s Festival of Crime Fiction Returns as a Free Online Spectacular


The organizers of Granite Noir today revealed that the Aberdeen Crime Fiction Festival would return as an online festival showcasing the best local and international crime authors in February 2021.

The multimedia program will feature both live and filmed author lectures, panel discussions, artistic workshops and activities for young people – and is scheduled to run from February 19-21, 2021.

All the activities will be free and in the new year the full schedule will be announced.

Inspired by the past, atmosphere and clear sense of place of the Granite City, Granite Noir is created by Aberdeen Performing Arts on behalf of Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen City Libraries and Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives partners.

Jane Spiers, Managing Director of Aberdeen Performing Arts, said, ‘This has been a difficult year, not just for live shows, but also for the publishing industry.

“We wanted to draw on the incredible success of the 2020 festival, even if we can’t invite live audiences to our venues, and Granite Noir is a platform for the best Scottish and foreign crime writers and also for the city of Aberdeen.

“We look forward to announcing a vibrant and exciting digital program in January and welcoming audiences, albeit virtual, from around the world to join us in celebrating thrilling, murderous and mysterious crime fiction in all its forms.”

Aberdeen City Council and Creative Scotland are supportive of Granite Noir 2021.

Councilor Marie Boulton, the culture spokesperson for Aberdeen City Council, said, “No one could have imagined what was in store after we hosted our biggest and best Granite Noir yet in February.”

Just to prove that a fantastic festival can’t be silenced, I’m pleased to announce that next year’s event will take place in February, considering the difficulty that Covid-19 has presented us with.

Aberdeen City Council and our partners have tackled this problem in a great way across 2020, using online technologies creatively to keep in touch and host great virtual events.

Thanks to this ingenuity, Granite Noir will give crime fiction fans around the world the same wonderful array of great writers and exciting events, also in its digital format.

“Indeed, we look forward to bringing Aberdeen’s popular crime festival to the world via online technology and whetting the appetite of fans to visit Aberdeen when future events return to their original format.”

In the new year, full program details will be released for Granite Noir 2021 and details can be found at


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