AIYF began its life as a classical music festival in the 1960s in Switzerland and moved to Aberdeen in 1973, where orchestras and chamber musicians from across Europe gathered to perform and collaborate in a festival environment. Forty years later and the festival has now grown, modernised and includes even more genres of the youth arts movement including dance, theatre, opera and world music.
Over the years AIYF has hosted more than 25,000 young people from around the globe, making it one of the biggest and most successful gatherings of youth talent held anywhere in the world.
The Festival also delivers an ‘extended’ programme of events, where our artists take their shows out to communities in rural areas and further afield around Scotland.
AIYF also offers inclusive, participatory workshops and master-classes such as the ‘Dance Lab’ and ‘Splore’, where up and coming artists can polish their craft.