Aberdeen International Youth Festival, formerly the International Festival of Youth Orchestras, was a performing arts festival and one of Scotland's major international cultural events, which ran from 1973 to 2017. Each year the festival brought over 1000 young people in performing arts companies and music groups from across the globe. It provided a showcase for their talents, bringing them together with professionals and artists. As well as the ticketed events the Festival staged a parade, open-air performances and a fringe programme in community venues.

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  • Aberdeen International Youth Festival, formerly the International Festival of Youth Orchestras, was a performing arts festival and one of Scotland's major international cultural events, which ran from 1973 to 2017. Each year the festival brought over 1000 young people in performing arts companies and music groups from across the globe. It provided a showcase for their talents, bringing them together with professionals and artists. As well as the ticketed events the Festival staged a parade, open-air performances and a fringe programme in community venues. A programme attracted over 30,000 people to more than seventy events throughout north east Scotland each year. Concerts, dance shows and galas in Aberdeen were held in venues such as His Majesty's Theatre, The Music Hall and The Lemon Tree as well as smaller venues such as churches (such as Queen's Cross Church, Aberdeen) and also featured a touring programme taking events to rural venues. The AIYF programme included symphony orchestras and steel bands, song recitals and jazz, traditional music, world music, ballet, contemporary and traditional dance. The festival also produced an opera, (Opera Garden) as well as performances developed by the participating companies working together over the course of the Festival. In November 2017 it was announced that Aberdeen City Council was to cease funding the event. In March 2018, it was announced that the festival was to be wound up. (en)
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