A new youth festival is to launch this summer following the closure of a world-renowned city arts event.
The Aberdeen International Festival of Youth Arts (AIFYA) has been created by the Aberdeen Multicultural Centre (AMC) to provide a platform for young people after the unexpected closure of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF).
The festival, which is to take place in what would have been AIYF’s 45th year, will bring in more than 300 performers from countries including Australia, Russia, the USA and Ukraine.
It will run from July 27 to August 4.
Amanda MacLeod, who has worked with AIYF for the past three years, has taken on the role of festival manager for AIFYA.
She said: “Aberdeen has been home to an international performing arts festival for young people since 1973 and there is a strong determination in the city and further afield to see that provision continue.
“I am utterly thrilled that we have been able to create this platform in 2018, thanks to the incredible support of the Aberdeen Multicultural Centre and funders.”
Ahashan Habib, AMC centre manager, said: “This really marks a moment of celebration for the city due to the recent proposed closure of the AIYF and following on from the success of last year’s partnership with AIYF.”
AIFYA has now launched a crowdfunding campaign to help raise £10,000 to fund the festival’s finale in the Tivoli Theatre.
Amanda said: “Unfortunately the festival was not ready in time to apply for a lot of available funding. It would be wonderful for people all over the world who care so much about this event to contribute towards keeping it going.
“This year is about keeping the youth festival alive but also about looking towards the future.”
To donate to AIFYA’s crowdfunder visit bit.ly/2HLgAh3