International Youth Festival to visit Arbroath

Taking part in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival offshoot at the Webster Memorial Theatre this year are YDance from Scotland.
Taking part in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival offshoot at the Webster Memorial Theatre this year are YDance from Scotland.

ARBROATH will play host to part of one of the biggest youth arts festivals in the world.

The Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF) is a celebration of global youth arts on a grand scale.

On Friday, July 29, the International Dance Extravaganza, featuring Russian, African and British dancers will take to the stage at the Webster Memorial Theatre.

The evening will feature contemporary dancing from Scotland’s own YDance group, while a touch of exoticism will be provided by their international colleagues.

Kaluzhsky Suvenir, the Russian dance ensemble are renowned for their sympathetic interpretations of traditional dance, and are directed by Elena Soboleva, who has been recognised by the Russian Ministry of Culture for her work.

Representing Africa is the 30 strong Adzorwo Music and Dance ensemble.

The group, from Ghana, includes dancers, singers and musicians who use their colourful costumes and terrific choreography to entrance the audience.

Stewart Aitken, artistic director and chief executive officer of AIYF, hopes the Arbroath audience will give the dancers a warm welcome.

He said: “This is a unique opportunity to see dancing from different cultures around the globe – it promises to be a very memorable performance and one that is not to be missed.

“We have taken shows to Arbroath in the past as part of the extended festival programme and we have always been very well received there.”

Tickets for the International Dance Extravaganza, which starts at 7.30 p.m. are available from the Webster Theatre and are priced £8 or £4 for concessions.