Gordon Forum for the Arts


Summer 2011

Aberdeen International Youth Festival


27 July – 6 August

One of Scotland's biggest youth arts events returns for another year to delight and entertain audiences across the North East. Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF) combines world class performances from home-grown Scottish talent with renowned international acts.

This year AIYF is bigger and better than ever, bringing fabulous shows to the heart of communities throughout Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and beyond.

Our Extended Festival shows will be coming to a venue near you soon as an exclusive gala performance is scheduled to take place at Inverurie Town Hall on Saturday 2 August at 7.30pm.

Billed as a ‘dazzling demonstration of international talent’, the Inverurie gala evening will see performers from India, Ireland, Burundi and Iceland take to the stage in a showcase event specifically for local audiences.

The Punjab Cultural Promotion Council will be showcasing their vibrant and colourful dance and drumming routine, while a little closer to home the Emerald Isle Dance Company will be bringing a touch of ‘Riverdance’ to the evening.

Renowned Icelandic girls' choir Hamrahlid will also perform from a varied repertoire that includes haunting traditional Icelandic folk songs and classical pieces.

Akiwacu Folklore

Rounding off an eclectic bill of entertainment, African traditional dance and cultural group Akiwacu Folklore will present an energetic show that highlights the cultural delights of their home country, Burundi. The group consists of members who were brought together through the strains of civil war and motivated by the desire to restore lasting peace through culture and art.

Other Extended Festival shows include: Kiryat Tivon Symphonic Orchestra (Israel) in Huntly, 28 July; Joel Sebunjo (singer and kora player from Uganda) and Adzorwo (dance troupe from Ghana) in Alford, 2 August; Isa Mubarak Al Najem (oud player from Bahrain) with Joel Sebunjo and Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra in Westhill, 3 August; a production of Peer Gynt combining the talents of Bluestones (Peterhead) and Groove Academy (London) in Huntly, 4 August; Kfar Vadim Youth Orchestra (Israel) at Haddo House, 5 August; Punch in the Dark (traditional music group from Newcastle) in Clatt, 5 August; members of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra in Inverurie, 5 August; and Punch in the Dark at Haddo House, 6 August.

Many more shows will be announced in the run up to the Festival as organisers gear up to launch one of the best line-ups of music, dance, theatre and classical programmes the Festival has ever seen.

Tickets are available now for many shows through local outlets, the AIYF website, and the Aberdeen Box Office either in person or online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com. Look out for the AIYF brochure in your local library and information on festival shows in your local media.

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