All credit to new fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FEATURES -

Aberdeen’s 10-year cul­tural strat­egy is right to recog­nise that a healthy arts scene pro­motes eco­nomic and emo­tional wealth. Fos­ter­ing a “cre­ative lab” that en­cour­ages stu­dents to make the city their home even af­ter univer­sity is a laud­able aim. All the more rea­son then to re­gret the uned­i­fy­ing saga that has been the han­dling of the in­ter­na­tional youth fes­ti­val by those charged with mak­ing that hap­pen. No doubt all was not well with the event – even if it had decades of his­tory, an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion and the sup­port of sev­eral big names be­hind it. Re­mov­ing its cash life­line was no wil­ful act of cul­tural van­dal­ism by those hold­ing the coun­cil purse strings. Nor though was the chore­og­ra­phy of the messy last act any­thing but an em­bar­rass­ment. What a de­light then to dis­cover that far from fall­ing for the fi­nal time, the cur­tain has sim­ply been hid­ing a frenzy of ac­tiv­ity. All credit to those who re­fused to ac­cept the coun­cil’s fund­ing axe had to mean the end. And to all of those – from huge firms to big-hearted in­di­vid­u­als – who have come for­ward to plug the gap. Such was the groundswell of dis­may that greeted the fes­ti­val’s demise, the rest can surely now be found. If it proves the suc­cess we hope for it, maybe it can find a place in that 10-year plan.

“What a de­light then to dis­cover that the cur­tain has been hid­ing a frenzy of ac­tiv­ity”

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