Venues

From Aberdeen’s iconic Beach Ballroom, to His Majesty’s Theatre and the Music Hall, AIYF takes performances to a range of venues in the city. As well as a number of churches, the festival also stages shows at community centres and smaller studio venues. The Extended Festival programme is a unique opportunity for audiences living in rural areas to experience the festival on their doorstep. From village halls, community venues and chapels, international groups can be found performing across Aberdeenshire, Angus and Moray. As well as the benefit to the local people, this offers the international participants a chance to explore Scotland’s impressive natural heritage outside the city.

Acorn Centre, Inverurie
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Acorn Centre, Inverurie

The Acorn Centre opened in 2008 as part of the outreach of Inverurie West Parish Church. The centre houses a gallery to showcase local artists work and a fairtrade outlet called 'Ubuntu'. http://www.theacorncentre.org/...
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ACT Aberdeen
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ACT Aberdeen

ACT Aberdeen, formerly known as Aberdeen Arts Centre, is a theatre located on King Street in Aberdeen. The theatre regularly plays host to music and drama events, and focus on local amateur dramatic activities. In addition to their theatre space, they venue also offers meeting and conference facilities, and art gallery and café. http://www.act-aberdeen.org.uk/...
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Auld Kirk, Clatt, Huntly
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Auld Kirk, Clatt, Huntly

The historic Clatt church stands within the old graveyard upon the original site of the 612AD foundation. The church was originally dedicated to St Moloch, who was believed to be its founder. As well as being a place of worship, the church hosts music evenings, carol services and choir singing. http://www.clattauldkirk.co.uk/...
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Banchory West Church, Banchory
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Banchory West Church, Banchory

Banchory West Church is located on the High Street. Along with Banchory East Church, the church sponsors a youth programme within the town called Edge and Rock. This programme aims to develop friendship and partnerships of secondary school youths. Banchory West Church have also introduced an online and digital access to sermons. http://www.banchorywestchurch.com/...
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Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
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Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

This art-deco building on the sea front of Aberdeen is home to one of Scotland’s finest dance floors - famous for its “bounce” - which floats on fixed steel springs. The Beach Ballroom regularly plays host to multiple events, ranging from music, dance, conferences, weddings, award ceremonies and sport. The venue has previous...
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Brechin Cathedral, Brechin
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Brechin Cathedral, Brechin

Brechin Cathedral, located on Church Street, is the oldest building in the Burgh. The cathedral is a congregation of the Church of Scotland. Currently, Rev. Grahame is working on a book regarding the history of the church, which will be published in 2017 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Society of Friends. http://brechincathedral.org.uk/...
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Craigiebuckler Church, Aberdeen
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Craigiebuckler Church, Aberdeen

Craigiebuckler Church, originating from 1873, has strong connections with the local community, and play host to a variety of activities and programmes. The church regularly hosts dancing classes, adult group classes, community council meetings, health and well-being activities and performing arts concerts. The venue regularly host concerts from the North East of Scotland...
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Cults Parish Church, Cults
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Cults Parish Church, Cults

Cults Parish Church is located on the corner of Quarry Road and North Deeside Road. The church has strong commitments to the local and international community and are always busy integrating with the community through events and activities. Cults Parish Church regularly hold ceilidhs, coffee mornings, concerts and also host playgroup sessions. http://www.cultsparishchurch.co.uk/...
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Dalrymple Hall, Fraserburgh
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Dalrymple Hall, Fraserburgh

Dalrymple Hall, located on Seaforth Street in Fraserburgh, play host to a range of different events such as dance shows, art exhibitions, cinema screenings, live music concerts and sport. One of the most famous concerts that Dalrymple Hall have hosted was The Beatles in 1960. http://www.srct.org.uk/index.php/projects/current-projects/st-margaret-s-church-braemar...
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Deeside Theatre, Aboyne
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Deeside Theatre, Aboyne

Deeside Theatre, built in 1974, is part of the Aboyne Academy Community School, 29 miles from Aberdeen City. The complex also compromises of a school, library and swimming pool. https://www.list.co.uk/place/818-deeside-cec-theatre/...
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Dickson Hall, Laurencekirk
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Dickson Hall, Laurencekirk

Dickson Memorial Hall was restored and refurbished in 2010, and is now a multi-purpose venue for the local community and business use in Laurencekirk. The venue is capable of hosting weddings, corporate events, meetings and small conferences, ceildihs, dances, parties and stage productions. http://www.dicksonmemorialhall.com/...
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Douglas Hotel, Aberdeen
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Douglas Hotel, Aberdeen

Dating back to 1843, the Douglas Hotel is a landmark hotel in Aberdeen City's Merchant Quarter. The hotel is located close by to the cities harbour and main shopping complex, Union Square. The Douglas Hotel has a versatile selection of event spaces, with the ability to host up to 400 guests. The hotel...
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Duthie Park, Aberdeen
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Duthie Park, Aberdeen

The 44 acre site was donated to the city of Aberdeen in 1880 by Miss Elizabeth Duthie, which opened as a public park in 1883. Duthie Park won the ‘Green Flag Park Awards’ in 2013, and is now home to an indoor garden experience called the David Welch Winter Gardens. Open all year...
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Ellon Parish Church, Ellon
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Ellon Parish Church, Ellon

Ellon Parish Church works actively in the local community, hosting weekly worship sessions and youth social groups. The church has suffiencient space to host small conferences, meetings and stage productions. http://www.ellonparishchurch.co.uk/...
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Elphinstone Hall, Aberdeen
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Elphinstone Hall, Aberdeen

Elphinstone Hall is one of the University of Aberdeen’s most ancient venues, designed and built in 1930. It is located in the heart of the university campus and is home to some of the oldest oil canvas paintings in Scotland. Elphinstone Hall hosts a wide selection of large events from dinner dances to...
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High Church Hilton, Aberdeen
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High Church Hilton, Aberdeen

The High Hilton Parish Church is a congregation of the Church of Scotland. It is located on Hilton Drive at the Six Roads roundabout. The church is active at service both the parish and the local community. http://www.highhilton.zyberweb.com/...
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His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
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His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen is the largest theatre in north-east Scotland, seating more than 1,400. The theatre is sited on Rosemount Viaduct, opposite the city's Union Terrace Gardens. It was designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1906. On its centenary in 2006, the theatre was "twinned" with His Majesty's Theatre in...
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Holburn West Church, Aberdeen
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Holburn West Church, Aberdeen

Holburn West Church is a congregation of the Church of Scotland. It is located on Great Western Road, Aberdeen, near Holburn Street. The church opened for worship in October 1894 and was refurbished in 2004. In 1984 the church premises were used as a base for the Instant Neighbour scheme, which employed young people...
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Inchgarth Community Centre, Aberdeen
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Inchgarth Community Centre, Aberdeen

Inchgarth Community Centre is located in the Garthdee area of Aberdeen City. By working alongside Create Aberdeen and Future Choices, the centre provides opportunities to provide support for adults with learning and physical disabilities. The centre also runs music, sport, educational, art, social and recreational activities for all ages of the local community. In...
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Inverurie Town Hall, Inverurie
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Inverurie Town Hall, Inverurie

Located at Market Place in Inverurie, the Inverurie Town Hall provides the town of Inverurie and Aberdeenshire with a variety of performances and is home to the Inverurie panto. http://brechincathedral.org.uk/...
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Kemnay Church Centre, Kemnay
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Kemnay Church Centre, Kemnay

Kemnay Parish Church of Scotland is a congregation of Gordon Presbytery, but is more simply known as Kemnay Kirk. Kemnay Kirk opened in 1844, yet worship within the area has been recorded back to the 16th century. The church was refurbished and re-opened in 2008. Kemany Kirk have a close working relationship with...
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Macduff Town Hall, Macduff
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Macduff Town Hall, Macduff

Macduff (Gaelic An Dùn) is a town in the Banff and Buchan area Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is situated on Banff Bay and faces the town of Banff across the estuary of the River Deveron. Macduff is a former burgh and is now the only place in the United Kingdom where deep-water wooden fishing...
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Melvin Hall, Tarves
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Melvin Hall, Tarves

Tarves, Aberdeenshire, is a small village, situated in the Formartine area of North East Scotland and lies between Oldmeldrum and Methlick. Much of the village was planned and laid out by the Marquess of Aberdeen in the 19th century but the history of the parish goes back considerably earlier. The place name and those...
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Midstocket Church, Aberdeen
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Midstocket Church, Aberdeen

Midstocket Parish Church was built in 1965, and was refurbished in 2015. The church works on a range of initiatives in order to provide support for the local community. As well as this, the venue hosts recreational clubs, sport, music concerts, social events and youth groups such as Girl Guiding and Scouts. http://www.midstocketchurch.org.uk/...
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Newton Dee Phoenix Theatre, Newton Dee
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Newton Dee Phoenix Theatre, Newton Dee

The Pheonix Centre is part of the Camphill community in Aberdeen - offering a home, work and opportunities to adults with learning difficulties or other special needs. http://www.newtondee.co.uk/...
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Queen’s Cross Church Sanctuary, Aberdeen
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Queen’s Cross Church Sanctuary, Aberdeen

Queen’s Cross Church Sanctuary, originating from the 1800’s, is located on Albyn Place in the West End of Aberdeen. The church is committed to being highly involved and connected with the local community, and so it was refurbished to accommodate a more flexible space for events such as conferences and performing arts. The...
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Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen
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Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen

Robert Gordon's College is an independent school in Aberdeen City. Their school moto is, “Be The Best You Can Be." It is home to the largest school teaching centre for science education in the UK, and also opened ‘The Craig Centre for Performing Arts’ in 2015. This facility is a state of the...
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Salmon Bothy, Portsoy
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Salmon Bothy, Portsoy

The Salmon Bothy in Portsoy, originally a Salmon House built in 1834, is an atmospheric venue for concerts, dances, workshops and conferences. When the venue is not hosting events, the Salmon Bothy is a museum which displays history of the local area with particular emphasis on the salmon fishing area. http://www.salmonbothy.org.uk/...
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St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen
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St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen

St Andrew’s Cathedral is the Scottish Episcopal Church which unites and brings together people from North East Scotland and the Northern Isles of Orkney and Shetland. The cathedral was designed by Archibald Simpson and opened in 1817. The old halls within the church were developed into workshops and galleries, with association of Peacock...
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St Machar Cathedral, Aberdeen
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St Machar Cathedral, Aberdeen

St Machar Cathedral is one of Scotland’s earliest renaissance buildings, which drew its inspiration from Tuscany rather than France. The church is home to 8 bells, which were cast between 1906 and 1911. St Machar Cathedral plays host to many choral and orchestral concerts throughout the year, as well as supporting local and...
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St Margaret’s Church, Braemar
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St Margaret’s Church, Braemar

Located in the Aberdeenshire village of Braemar, St Margaret's Church was built between 1899 and 1907 to provide a place of worship for the large number of visitors from England who flocked to Royal Deeside in Victorian time. The building Is listed Category A by Historic Scotland and is the architectural high point...
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St Margaret’s Church, Aberlour
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St Margaret’s Church, Aberlour

St Margaret's Church was designed and built in 1875 with the aim to provide a chapel for the children and staff at Aberlour Orphanage. With the financial assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland, the church underwent repairs and a refurbishment in 2012. http://www.stmargaretsaberlour.co.uk/...
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St Mary’s Church, Aberdeen
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St Mary’s Church, Aberdeen

Built in 1939, St Mary’s Church is positioned on King Street, opposite Aberdeen university. The church is widely used by both outside and church organisations for local social activities, youth groups and music concerts. http://www.act-aberdeen.org.uk/...
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St Vigean’s Church, Arbroath
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St Vigean’s Church, Arbroath

St Vigean's Church is located on the outskirts of the coastal town, Arbroath. It is believed that the Pictish community originally founded a monastery in this area in 700AD. http://bit.ly/1XWcrvp...
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St. Nicholas Kirk, Aberdeen
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St. Nicholas Kirk, Aberdeen

The Kirk of St. Nicholas, now known as The Kirk of St Nicholas following its membership of both of the Church of Scotland and the United Reformed Church, has been providing spiritual worship and refuge since its ancient establishment in the 12th century. The church is also known as “The Mither Kirk” (mother...
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Stonehaven Town Hall, Stonehaven
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Stonehaven Town Hall, Stonehaven

Stonehaven Town Hall can seat up to 250 people, and hosts numerous music, stage and theatre shows every year. The venue recently won lottery funding which allowed them to install a new sound system....
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The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
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The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen

The Blue Lamp is located on Gallowgate in Aberdeen. The bar is known for hosting live jazz events, with its cosy and intimate atmosphere. The Blue Lamp regularly host live music nights with both Scottish and International acts. The venue have been considered as one of the finest jazz venues in the UK...
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The Lemon Tree
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The Lemon Tree

The Lemon Tree began life as St Katherine's Club, built in the 1930s by the Young Woman's Christian Organisation as an activity centre to keep women off the streets of Aberdeen. The venue and has always been a cornerstone for the local community. In 1992 The Lemon Tree was born, named after the...
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Victoria and Albert Hall, Ballater
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Victoria and Albert Hall, Ballater

Victoria and Albert halls are situated at Station Square in Ballater. The building was originally gifted to the Ballater community by Oleander Gordon. Albert Hall opened in 1874, followed by Victoria Hall is 1895. Refurbishment on the venue took place between 1984 and 1987, and was re-opened by Her Majesty the Queen. http://www.victoriaandalberthalls.co.uk/...
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Webster Theatre, Arbroath
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Webster Theatre, Arbroath

The Webster Memorial Theatre was gifted to the town in memory of second lieutenant, J.F. Webster who died in the 1st World War. The theatre is a performance venue for drama, dance, comedy, concerts and music events. http://www.webstertheatre.co.uk/...
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Westhill Trinity Church, Westhill
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Westhill Trinity Church, Westhill

Trinity Church is a multipurpose building built in 1981. The church runs numerous outreach programmes to support the local and international community, and also host youth and social clubs. http://www.skeneparish.com/...
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Woodend Barn, Banchory
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Woodend Barn, Banchory

Since the formation of Woodend Arts in 1994, Woodend Barn has grown into the leading multi-arts organisation in North East Scotland. http://www.woodendbarn.com/...
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