Some of the 2018 AIFYA Performers 

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Aberdeen Academy of Dance (Scotland)

The company have been involved in many events, festivals and shows collaborating with international companies as part of AIYF events in the past. With their own Aberdeen studio based in the city centre the company offers regular classes in many styles.  


Scottish Youth Theatre (Scotland)

Presenting their new National Ensemble company in VENT devised by the company this will be a contemporary performance blending physical theatre, live soundscapes and an absorbing design. Scottish Youth Theatre (SYT) is one of Scotland’s national youth performing arts companies and has been providing theatre arts experiences to young people in Scotland since 1977 using the power of theatre to transform young people’s lives. 

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Project Y (Scotland)

Project Y is an annual 4 week dance course and tour bringing together some of the best young dancers form around Scotland. It is part of the YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) programme of projects. YDance is the national dance organisation for children and young people in Scotland. Working through key partnerships in education, culture, health and sport, they provide high-quality dance experiences across Talent Development, Education, and Access and Participation.

“Poliot” Children’s Choir (Russia)

The "Poliot" Children's Choir was founded in April 1964 in the city of Zhukovsky, Moscow region. From the very beginning it started to make a name for itself and achieved honor and substantial success. The choir performed in different parts of the former Soviet Union and since 1993 started to tour internationally. The repertoire of the choir displays a great variety and consists of classical and contemporary, sacred and secular music, folklore. "Poliot" partners with the best contemporary Russian composers, for example, Mikhail Bronner.

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Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail (Scotland)

For the past few years the Dingwall based traditional music and arts organization, Feis Rois have produced their ceilidh trail programme which features some of Scotland’s most exciting up and coming artists, performing in venues across Scotland throughout the summer. Many of the past participants have gone on to forge professional careers in the industry.

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Madison Boychoir (USA)

The Madison Boychoir  are part of the Madison Youth Choirs from Wisconsin, which is a community of youth finding and sharing their voices through the study and performance of diverse choral music, enriching their hearts, minds, and lives. MYC’s innovative approach to music education inspires local, regional, and international communities to embrace the transformative power of choral performance. This is the third visit of the youth choir to Scotland and the 2nd for the boys.


BwD Big Band (England)

Regular visitors to the North-east of Scotland, The BwD Big Band (formally known as Blackburn with Darwen Big Band), aim to bring a modern twist to the classic big band genre. They have a broad repertoire of music ranging from traditional acts such as Glen Miller to modern pop covers including Bruno Mars and Guns and Roses. The band play regularly in venues across the North-east of England and have also ventured to play concerts in Europe and hope to tour Ireland in 2019.

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Potoki Dance Co (Ukraine)

Established in 2004, Potoki are making their 3rd trip to Aberdeen. This arts school provides professional education to contemporary dance performers and as a youth dance theatre where they develop performances combining drama, dance and improvisation.

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Ulysses Dance Co (Australia)

Based in Townsville in Northern Queensland, Ulysses are a dynamic contemporary dance company that create and produce new works by experienced and emerging choreographers to give young dancers performance experience equal to a professional company. 

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Edwin De Nicolò (Italy)

Edwin has been playing guitar and piano since he was 5 years old and less than 10 years later he is performing at major competitions and events across Italy & Europe. With many 1st prizes now under his belt he continues to study, develop and tour further afield.




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Edinburgh Youth Orchestra (Scotland)

This highly regarded youth orchestra was founded in 1963 for musicians aged 13 – 21 and continues with that purpose to this day. Giving Easter and summer concerts as well as occasional touring they have the reputation of attracting some of the leading soloists and conductors working with young people.

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Mitchell School of Drama (Scotland)

Set up in 1983 MSD have been producing high quality performances as part of the Garioch and AIYF festivals for many years, specialising in making Shakespeare more accessible and plays in Scots. They currently offer a range of classes in Inverurie to suit many ages and abilities.

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ACE Voices (Scotland)

ACE Voices empowers people to believe in their voice and inspire others to do the same in the North-East of Scotland, UK and further afield.


Kalasangram Dance Co (Scotland)

KalaSangam Aberdeen is a school of performing arts providing training on Indian Classical Dance, Kathak, Art and North Indian Classical Vocal.

Red Phoenix Dance Co (Scotland)

This Company provides classes and performance opportunities for all ages. Linked with the Confucius Centre in Aberdeen Red Phoenix promote traditional Chinese dance culture.

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