Local youngsters invited to share in the running of Aberdeen arts company

Local youngsters invited to share in the running of Aberdeen arts company

A group of local youngsters are to have a say in running three of Aberdeen’s most prestigious live entertainment venues – His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall and The Lemon Tree.

For Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) is setting up a Youth Advisory Board to share their views, ideas and insights and to help shape the future direction of the company.

And they are looking for 10 people aged between 14 and 21, who are passionate about the performing arts and would like to have their voice heard when it comes to staging shows or gigs, in encouraging young talent and in shaping the creative culture in the North-east.

“We are keen to give young people a voice and get them involved in our work,” said APA chief executive Jane Spiers.

“We’re looking for their views, ideas and opinions on all aspects of our business to help us make decisions and we’re looking for young people who want to be ambassadors for APA.

“We want young people to share in the ownership of these three amazing buildings and all that goes on inside them.”

The Youth Advisory Board will meet formally four times a year and take part in special events, attend performances and act as a link between APA and their local community.

Their role, during their two-year term of office, will be to advise the APA Board on the development of programmes and projects as well as the running of the three venues.

Anyone interested joining the new board can find out more by contacting APA’s Creative Learning department directly on creativelearning@aberdeenperformingarts.com or phoning (01224) 337664.

Applications must be in by Monday, November 19 and it is hoped that the APA Youth Advisory Board will be appointed and up and running in the new year.

“We’d like to get people thinking about what bands they’d like to see in Aberdeen, or whether they see themselves as a producer, or if they care about the future of the arts in our city,” said APA Creative Learning manager Johanna Duncan.

“This is an opportunity for young people to have their voice heard and to be powerful advocates for the arts within the wider community in the North-east. “

Posted on Saturday 27 October

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