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Aberdeen International youth Festival

Festivals in Aberdeen The first International Youth Festival was held in 1969 in St Moritz in Switzerland, after Blyth Major and Lionel Bryer conceived the idea of bringing together youth orchestras from across the world.

In 1973, however, the festival moved to the UK and established a base both in Aberdeen and London for the next five years. By 1978 though Aberdeen had adopted the event as its own, and expanded it to incorporate all forms of dance, jazz and choral music.

Over the past 20 years or so, the festival has grown significantly and now includes two summer schools – The Splore Scottish Traditional Music School and the Dance Summer School.

Last year the event organisers launched a Music Theatre Course, and it was such a success that it will now be open to local youngsters throughout the year.

The youth festival’s impressive worldwide reputation attracts leading youth arts groups from across the globe, which flock to the Granite City every August to perform at one of the festival’s many venues, including His Majesty’s Theatre [map] and the Lemon Tree [map].

To ensure that rural parts of Aberdeenshire don’t miss out on the ten-day event, the festival also has a touring programme that takes venues across North East Scotland.

The 2004 festival featured leading ballet schools from Asia and Europe, celebrated European choirs, and leading international youth ensembles from Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. But organisers say the 2005 festival, which takes place between the 3rd and 13th August will be the biggest and best yet.

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