Aberdeen Performing Arts launches new youth arts festival, Light the Blue May 18 2018 | Aberdeen Performing Arts

Aberdeen Performing Arts has announced a brand new youth arts festival, celebrating the city’s creative youth and igniting the bright sparks of the future.

The first annual Light the Blue festival will take place over six days from June 12-16 at Aberdeen’s The Lemon Tree and His Majesty’s Theatre Studio, with an impressive and varied programme of workshops, performances and panel discussions, as well as a much-anticipated closing gig by our talented Project Band musicians.

Aberdeen Performing Arts’ drama development co-ordinator, Anna Plasberg-Hill, said that audiences should expect thought-provoking and entertaining performances, lively discussion and opportunities to learn something new.

She added: “The idea behind Light the Blue is to create an opportunity to really celebrate the brilliant young people that take part in the youth theatre and youth music activity at Aberdeen Performing Arts, as well as inspire new young people in and around Aberdeen.

“We’re really keen to create opportunities for new participants to engage with APA through the workshop programme and panel discussion. We plan for the festival to take place annually, so I hope the festival will grow and develop year on year and become an event that young people in Aberdeen look forward to.

“I’m also pleased to say that all three youth theatre productions and the panel discussion will be BSL signed.”

Aberdeen Performing Arts Chief Executive, Jane Spiers said: “It is really exciting to see Light the Blue come to fruition after a lot of hard work behind the scenes from our Creative Learning team and our Youth Theatre and Youth Music classes.

“Light the Blue represents the core values of Aberdeen Performing Arts – we aim to create a spark, and nurture home-grown talent.

“There is a huge wealth of young talent locally, and we are delighted to provide a platform for them to develop creatively and showcase what they can do.”

There are plenty of opportunities throughout the festival to take part as an audience member and see the brilliant performances from the Aberdeen Performing Arts youth theatre and youth music classes, but festival-goers can also participate in workshops and panel discussion.

Whether you’re interested in acting and performance, devising theatre from scratch, or even beatboxing, we’ve got it covered with our varied workshops taking place throughout the festival. The panel discussion is also not to be missed! Join industry professionals for a lively conversation on the topic: Approaching a Career in the Arts. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting started in the arts.

Tickets can be purchased via the Aberdeen Performing Arts Box Office in person, online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or phone (01224) 641122.

For more information about accessibility at the festival or if you have any questions about your visit, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 01224 641122 or get in touch via email: access@aberdeenperformingarts.com.

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