Future of Aberdeen youth festival in doubt as councillors urged to join trustee board

Fears have been raised for the future of an annual youth festival due to a legal technicality.

It has emerged Aberdeen City Council has not yet handed over its last chunk of funding to the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF), due to a lack of councillors on the festival board of trustees.

The local authority voted in December to end the event’s annual funding of £150,000 and back the Year of Young People instead, which will create a new pot of around £100,000 for youth organisations.

However, it had been expected there would be one final hurrah for the festival.

Half of the funding has already been paid out to cover the costs, but it is understood the council is unable to pay the final grant, worth around £64,500, due to the lack of councillors.

SNP finance spokesman Alex Nicoll said it was “hugely disappointing” the festival was on the brink.

A spokesman for Aberdeen Labour group called on SNP councillors, given their “very public support” of the festival, to join the board.