Youngsters bring Bard to life on festival stage
Kids star in homage to Robert Burns
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.