An Aberdeen youth festival has taken to the streets to highlight the rich cultural diversity on offer.
The Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF) offered a packed programme of music and dance for free.
Four stages rotated acts around the city between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday with the Festival in the City event celebrating the region’s diversity.
Artistic director of the festival Stewart Aitken said: “It’s been very busy right from the start, we’ve had fine weather and big crowds – at times there were 150 to 250 people at the stages.
“The main idea was to show people what’s coming to Aberdeen and the cultural diversity of the city.
“We’ve got a packed programme and today will be our civic launch where 600 participants come together and get it all going formally.
“We hope people will enjoy the events and tell friends to come and see some.”
The stages were at Bon Accord Centre, the recently reopened roof garden at the St Nicholas Centre, outside Marks and Spencer and St Nicholas Church.
Highlights of the free event included the Elbrus Circassian Dance Troupe from Jordan, Dance Afrika from Ghana, North Shore Celtic Ensemble from Canada and Tim Muhibah Angklung Orchestra from Indonesia.
Local act the ACE Choir also played in the showcase.
AIYF this year hosts around 800 young performers and musicians coming from as far as the USA and China.
They are set to display their culture to the North-east in the next few days of the event.
Bringing together eclectic and talented performers from across the world, the festival presents an opportunity for collaborations.
Since its beginning, AIYF has showcased more than 30,000 young performers and the festival is considered one of the most highly regarded gatherings of young artists in the world.
It runs every day until Saturday, when it will finish with a variety gala showcasing the rich variety of acts who have travelled to the North-east to perform.