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Summer 2012

Aberdeen International Youth Festival

www.aiyf.org

Events in Central Aberdeenshire

Tsukuba West Symphonia

2012 is an exciting year for the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF). This year AIYF celebrates its 40th anniversary. To honour this occasion not only is a spectacular festival planned but a variety of special 40th anniversary events will also take place. These include a special parade through the streets of Aberdeen based on the theme of the Port and Harbour on Saturday 4 August. In the run up to the festival a massive 40-day tour of the towns of Aberdeenshire will happen involving an oversized conductor's baton travelling through an area that stretches from Portsoy in the north to Johnshaven in the south. Keep an eye out for us in a town in your area from 23 June to 1 August.

AIYF artistic director Stewart Aitken says: "The north east of Scotland has always had a strong cultural heritage and this is something that AIYF is proud to be a part of." As part of AIYF's Extended Festival some of the world's top performers will be travelling through Aberdeenshire to present highly talented shows and concerts. Stewart says: "The talent we have on offer this year is truly amazing. The high quality and diverse range of performances make for a fantastic experience."

Some of the highlights of the Extended Festival include the Tsukuba West Symphonia, a string orchestra from Japan who will be playing Melvin Hall in Tarves on 31 July and will also appear in Woodend Barn, Banchory on 2 August. Also on 2 August, while Banchory is enjoying the sounds of the Tsukuba Symphonia, Kemnay Village Hall will be echoing to the powerful and pulsing rhythms of the Tamana Pioneers Steel Orchestra, a steel pan band from Trinidad and Tobago.

Manama Youth folk band

Some of the festival performers will be teaming up to provide vibrant international showcase evenings such as on 3 August when the Acorn Centre, Inverurie, will host chamber ensembles from the United States and Slovakia. Inverurie will also play host in the Town Hall on 7 August for an evening of international performances from a diverse range of groups from across the globe. Performers from the Middle East will appear with performers from the USA, China and Africa to provide an evening of world music and visual spectacle.

The complete list of the many Extended Festival performances that are happening throughout Aberdeenshire can be found in the AIYF brochure, available now. Changes and updates and all other information that relates to Aberdeen International Youth Festival can be found on the website.

Gregory Spencer, AIYF

Photos: Tsukuba West Symphonia (above), Manama Youth folk band from Bahrain (below)

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