Young­sters bring Bard to life on fes­ti­val stage

Kids star in homage to Robert Burns

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - BIG NIGHT OUT - By Mark Davies

THE works of Scot­land’s great­est bard are be­ing show­cased as part of an in­ter­na­tional cel­e­bra­tion of youth arts.

The Aberdeen In­ter­na­tional Youth Fes­ti­val has been putting on a se­ries of events pay­ing homage to Robert Burns.

A spe­cial pro­duc­tion was put on at the Beach Ball­room where tal­ented young­sters per­formed a show that brought to­gether mu­sic, verse and song from the bard.

The play, Il­lu­mi­nati, was di­rected by Al­lan Dunn and at­tempted to recre­ate the world of Burns dur­ing the pe­riod of the En­light­en­ment.

In­cor­po­rated in the pro­duc­tion was a bal­let per­for­mance by stu­dents from the Aberdeen Dance Cen­tre school and Bal­let Ram­bert, and fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s fi­nal per­for­mance there was a ceilidh with mu­sic from the Strath­spey Fid­dlers.

A sec­ond help­ing of Burns was set to be served up this af­ter­noon at the Aberdeen Ma­sonic Tem­ple on Crown Street.

Per­form­ers aged nine and up­wards were to per­form mu­sic and song and po­etry from 3pm. Or­gan­iser He­lena An­der­son Wright said: “This will go down in the cul­tural his­tory of Aberdeen and we are de­lighted to be given this ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity where the ben­e­fits to so many are far reach­ing.”

The AIYF is well un­der way and bring­ing to­gether the world’s finest young mu­si­cians, singers, dancers and ac­tors in a melt­ing pot of cul­tures. Run­ning un­til Satur­day, Au­gust 6, more than 1,000 per­form­ers rang­ing in age from six to 26 are due to per­form.

The shows are spread across 46 venues with an 86-mile ra­dius, en­com­pass­ing Aberdeen, Peter­head, Ar­broath and Huntly.

ON SONG: From left, Amy Birse, Matthew Adam, as Robert Burns, Ewen Brindle and Cait Len­nox re­hears­ing.

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