City youngsters bring the curtain down

With the 2018 Year of Young People drawing to a close, the young creatives who received close to £100k in funding from Aberdeen City Council are to showcase their talents in a special free showcase event on Saturday, December 1.

The event, which is taking place at Belmont Filmhouse’s Kino Bar, is suitable for all ages and comprises two performances, workshops and a Film and TV careers panel. All the participants received funding from Aberdeen City Council’s Year of Young People Creative Funding.

The first performance runs from 11am-12.30pm and features the talents of the Middlefield Community Project, Queen Bee and the Wannabees, Printfield Community Project, Sound Flatpack Opera, folk group Smacherry and South Catchers Youth Forum’s short film, ‘Now Where is Your Data?’

Starring in the second performance from 4 to 5.30pm are Simply Glory supported by Northfield Youth team, Aberdeen University Jazz Band and Hamlet.

The careers panel - also free - begins at 1.30pm and is being organised by Belmont Cinema Young Programmers group which also received creative funding and has curated the Teenage Kicks season of films currently showing at Belmont Filmhouse. The panel is an ideal opportunity for all 15-25 year olds interested in careers in the TV and films industry to talk to experts.

Councillor Lesley Dunbar, vice convener for education operational delivery, met with some of the Year of Young People Youth Ambassadors and Young Programmers at Belmont Filmhouse today. Councillor Dunbar said: “I’m really looking forward to going along on Saturday and seeing and hearing our wonderful young creative talents in person.

“The Year of Young People Creative Funding has been a great success not only in helping nurture young talent in Aberdeen but also in empowering young people across the city in decision making.

“Saturday’s event is the culmination of a year of hard work from all the youngsters involved and I would encourage individuals and families to come along and enjoy a great day out.”

Youth ambassador Rosa McQueen said: “It is great to see young people across Aberdeen being given the chance to showcase their talents once again and this time with the Year of Young People Creative Funding that we, as Year of Young People Ambassadors for the city, helped allocate earlier in the year.”

James Erwin, marketing officer at Belmont Filmhouse, said “It’s a true thrill to host this fantastic showcase of creative work from young people in Aberdeen and Shire on the same weekend as our amazing Teenage Kicks film festival. This great chance to celebrate the Year of Young People will also offer priceless opportunities for young people to pursue their careers and passions in film, TV, music and beyond.”

The day will also feature art workshops for 5-25 year olds between 1 and 2.30pm and 2.30-4pm and creative writing workshops for 11-25 year olds between 12 and 1pm. All workshops are free and bookable through Eventbrite while booking for the Film and TV Careers Panel is through

Middlefield Community Project

Middlefield Community Project

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