Aberdeen International Youth Festival has secured a hat-trick of funding worth over £21,000 from local businesses for this year’s event. Local business Sangs of Banff is to sponsor the festival’s Lemon Tree theatre programme to a sum of £5,000 which will be matched by Arts & Business sponsor fund.

Shell UK has sponsored £4,000, to be matched by Arts & Business, towards a new project for AIYF “Little Larks Community Singing Project” to be held in Northfield, Aberdeen. Little Larks is a new music and performance company made up of students from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama who will be working with local youngsters culminating in a public performance.

Union Square developments Ltd has pledged to support the AIYF extended festival to the sum of £2,500 which will be matched by the Arts & Business cash back fund. The extended festival sees international performers tour to venues throughout Aberdeenshire.

Festival director Stewart Aitken said: “This is great news for the festival we are delighted that local businesses have shown their support for the event in this difficult economic climate. The funding will see the festival being taken to new audience and communities who may not have previously had the opportunity to be part of Aberdeen International Youth Festival.”

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