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Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF)

Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF) is a multi- arts event which takes place annually in Aberdeen and the North East region of Scotland. Running since 1973, the festival began as an orchestral event, and has diversified in recent years to become a performing arts festival which includes a wide range of art-forms including dance, theatre, opera and contemporary, jazz, classical and traditional music.

Young people up to age 25 travel from around the world to perform at the festival, and AIYF is also committed to supporting emerging talent from Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Since its beginning, AIYF has hosted over 30,000 young people, and the festival is considered one of the most highly regarded gatherings of young performers anywhere in the world.

As well as gala shows and concerts in Aberdeen’s most celebrated venues, the festival prides itself on offering intimate classical and chamber music performances through the ‘Up Close & Musical’ concert series.

The Extended Festival programme takes shows to towns and villages across the North East. From Aberdeenshire to Angus and Moray, the young artists take their shows to churches, town halls and community venues to perform to local people.

As well as the performances themselves, AIYF prides itself on delivering a number of summer education courses for young people, including the ‘Dance Lab’ and the AIYF ‘Traditional Music School.’ Participants have the opportunity to work with and learn from a number of professional tutors from across Scotland.

At AIYF, we aim to ensure that both the performers and audiences have a positive and enriching experience at the festival. Our hope is that AIYF will continue to inspire young people within their chosen art-form, and encourage the next generation.

If you would like any more information about AIYF, or would like to contact one of the festival team, please visit our contact us page.


Aberdeen International Youth Festival is extremely proud to be part of Aberdeen Festivals Collective, which oversees nine major festivals in the city throughout the year.

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Aberdeen International Youth Festival also supports AB Positive, a collective organisation which aims to promote cultural activity and the arts in Aberdeen, supporting a number of individuals and organisations.

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