Youth arts festival Light the Blue kicks off today [Monday, June 10] with a week of performances and events taking place across the city, celebrating the city’s creative youth and igniting the bright sparks of the future.
The festival will be launched at 6pm in suitably dramatic style, with a special outdoor performance from Aberdeen Performing Arts’ Youth Theatre and Peterhead’s Modo – Circus with Purpose on Broad Street.
Aberdeen Performing Arts Senior Youth Theatre will then continue Monday’s programme of events with Abi Morgan’s Fugee, in the Lemon Tree Studio at 8pm.
Light the Blue will bring together young performers from across the region and, this year, the festival has expanded to include internationally renowned professional artists with an impressive and varied programme of workshops, performances and panel discussions.
Rory McIver is a member of Aberdeen Performing Arts’ Intermediate Youth Theatre, and will be performing at Light the Blue. He commented: “This week will be very enjoyable for everyone attending the workshops and performances. I am looking forward to a large range of events which will appeal to a wide audience of ages.
“I think that the annual festival week is a wonderful event, celebrating the talent of hundreds of young people. This year’s festival adds a number of new venues, including a performance on the Bon Accord Centre’s Roof Top Gardens, and a circus performance in Marischal Square. Aberdeen Performing Arts is also including a number of other theatre companies in the week of events, including Aberdeen Arts Centre, Modo, Orchard Brae and Frantic Assembly. There is something for everyone, and it is definitely not a week to be missed!”
Using the Lemon Tree as a central hub for the festival, break out street performances are also planned in the city centre, as well as workshops and other Fringe events at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
There will also be a much-anticipated closing gig by talented Project Band musicians, with a special support slot from Project Band alumni Canary Gold.
Aberdeen Performing Arts’ Drama Development Co-ordinator, Laura Callahan, said that audiences should expect thought-provoking and entertaining performances, lively discussion and opportunities to learn something new.
She added: “We are really excited to build on and expand what we started with last year’s festival. There are lots of exciting and fun ideas taking shape, from full length theatre productions to live music and street performances. We’re embracing all performance types and showcasing a broad range of talents.”
Aberdeen Performing Arts Chief Executive, Jane Spiers said: “Light the Blue represents the core values of Aberdeen Performing Arts – we aim to create a spark, and nurture home-grown talent.
Light the Blue is a fantastic opportunity to really celebrate all the young talent and creativity we have in the North-east and also to inspire young people to participate in the arts, provide a platform for young people to develop creatively and showcase what they can do.”
Panel discussions with leading arts professionals will look at the future of the arts in Scotland, and throughout the week there will be workshops from industry experts Maskcraft and musicians from Admiral Fallow, as well as a day-long masterclass with renowned theatre company Frantic Assembly.
Tickets for all performances are available from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, phone (01224) 641122, or in person at the box office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and the Lemon Tree.