Youth Festival rolls into town

Baabanaa are a group of traditional dancers from Senegal and will be performing throughout the festival
Baabanaa are a group of traditional dancers from Senegal and will be performing throughout the festival

a leading Youth festival is to play and dance its way into the Broch next week.

Some of the world’s most talented musicians, singers and dancers will be entertaining local audiences as part of the drive to introduce performers to towns and villages outwith the main Aberdeen International Yourth Festival performance hub in Aberdeen.

Dalrymple Hall in Fraserburgh will host a night of live music and dance from the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, Stord Ungdomskor and dance troupe Baabanaa on Monday, August 1.

Multi-award winning Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra have worked with many of the world’s top musicians including Maynard Ferguson and James Morrison, playing big band music from the 1930s-1990s.

Norwegian choir Stord Ungdomskor will showcase a mixture of different styles of music ranging from the traditional and classical to folk.

Baabanaa are a group of traditional dancers from Senegal and perform modern interpretations of some of West Africa’s most important cultural customs.

Stewart Aitken, artistic director and chief executive of AIYF, said he was delighted that audiences outwith Aberdeen would get the opportunity to see some of the world’s greatest young musicians, singers and dancers.

He said: “This year’s festival plays host to one of the largest ever contingents of international groups and performers.

“We have expanded the number of venues in the extended festival programme as one of the key aims for AIYF in the next few years is to capture new audiences from around Scotland and enable them to experience the wealth of international talent that the festival attracts.”

Now in its 39th year AIYF is regarded as one of the world’s foremost celebrations of youth arts.

More than 100 performances in music, dance and theatre are scheduled to take place with many of the world’s leading young artists taking part.

The festival takes place over ten days in the summer from Wednesday July 27 to Saturday August 6 and the full festival line-up can be found on the festival’s website – www.aiyf.org.

Tickets are priced £8 or £4 for concessions and are available from the venue and Floriannas on (01346) 515153.