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Opportunities this summer with AIYF


We are in the final stages of recruiting for #AIYF2016, and have a number of opportunities available. Every year we take on around 50 temporary staff, including drivers, couriers, chaperones, office staff and the events team. Head over to the Participate [link here to participate page] to see the full job descriptions of each role, and how you can apply.

Working with us offers you a chance to meet new people, see a number of festival shows and gain experience of working in the festivals and events sector. Many of our summer staff return year after year – here’s what some of them had to say about their experience:

I started at AIYF back in August 2012 and have loved every minute of each festival since. Through working as a group courier I’ve had the privilege of looking after groups from Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Israel. I’ve made loads of friends – both locally and internationally – and it’s genuinely like being part of one big family! I look forward to the festival each summer and can’t wait to get involved again this year!’ – Matthew Clark, Festival Courier

‘The AIYF is important to me because it brought me to Scotland, and it helped me change the course of my life. I love being part of it because it allows me to come in contact with very talented and very diverse people from all over the world. The AIYF is a vehicle for creating friendship between peoples of the world’ – Celio Almeida, Festival Courier

‘Over the last three years I have been involved in Aberdeen International Youth Festival as a mandolin player, with the AIYF Ceòl Mòr Big Band in 2013 and 2015 and with the Scots/Norwegian/Finnish folk group, The Northern Exchange in 2014. 

Through taking part in AIYF I have experienced opportunities that are truly invaluable for any young artist. These have included: Performing to members of the public at some of the city’s most popular venues like the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and the Lemon Tree; meeting and making friends with people from Canada, America, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic; being introduced to important contacts and artists that I have went on to collaborate with; and most importantly, having a tremendous amount of fun at events like the opening parade, Festival in the City, and some of the busiest ceilidhs at the Aberdeen University campus! 

As an Aberdonian, I’m extremely proud of what this festival offers to its own local community and to talented young performers from all over the world. I would highly recommend it to anyone!’ – Calum McIlroy, Mandolin & Fiddle Player

If you are interested in joining us this summer, head to our Participate [link to participate page] page for full job descriptions and information on how to apply.

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