Youngsters set for port project

Youngsters from Peterhead and Fraserburgh are getting involved in The Port Project, a large scale, multi arts collaboration between Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF), Aberdeen City Council’s Arts Development team and street theatre company, Theatre Modo.

Performers from the Shire will join forces with the groups in the city, working towards a spectacular parade on Saturday, August 4, leaving from Queen Street at 12pm.

The finale promises to be one of the entertainment highlights of AIYF’s 40th Anniversary celebrations and will be held at Union Terrace Gardens at approximately 12.30pm. The talented youths get the opportunity to showcase their hard work and their newly learned circus skills to the public.

The parade will feature large puppets, stilt walkers, sculptural pieces, drumming, circus skills and music to tell the history of Aberdeen through its port, with the ‘future’ making up the stern of the parade, a selection of the finest performers from this year’s festival.

The involvement of groups from Peterhead and Fraserburgh demonstrates the reach of the project and highlight the importance of the long-standing connections between city and shire.

The group in Peterhead will be meeting at Peterhead community centre on July 31, between 2pm and 5pm, to make final preparations for their performance piece in the parade.

The Port Project, partly funded by a Creative Scotland grant and sponsored by Aberdeen Harbour, has been working behind the scenes to create new youth groups in the city through Arts Development’s cultivate volunteer programme, which will add longevity to the project and leave a lasting legacy for the youth of Aberdeen.