AIYF in Banchory

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Aberdeen International Youth Festival(AIYF) extends its artistic web to Banchory’s Woodend Barn, bringing budding singers and dancers a workshop week as well as not-to-be-missed performances from some of the best international participants at this year’s youth festival.

At 7.30pm on Monday, August 1, folkloric troupe Albroz Dance Company, from Jordan, will appear in an evening performance alongside Israeli dance group Guf Rishon. Inspired by their rich cultural heritage, Albroz showcases the skills of youngsters between the ages of 10 and 17, dancing traditional Circassian dance.

Israeli dance troupe Guf Rishon demonstrates its colourful and contemporary interpretations of original dance and serves as a vehicle for empowerment and self-realisation for young Israelis.

Krayon Kids, from Oregon, present an exciting Vaudeville-style variety show at 7.30pm on Tuesday, August 2, ranging from comedy and puppetry, to dance and drama.

At 7.30pm on Wednesday, August 3, Hamrahlid, a mixed choir from Iceland, share the very best of Nordic choral music.

Their performance will include a blend of traditional Icelandic folk songs as well as original compositions by international composers such as Bach, Handel, Vodnansky and Orlando di Lasso.

Burundian cultural group Akiwacu Folklore and Ghanaian Adzorwo Music and Dance Ensemble are skilled tribal performers, remarkable singers and percussionists.

They join forces at 7.30pm on Thursday, August 4, in an exciting, rhythmic and athletic evening performance.

All groups will be hosting a workshop on the mornings of their performance, from 10.30am to noon.

Whilst no previous experience is required, the Hamrahlid workshop is suitable for ages 5+ and all other workshops are suitable for ages 8+.

Tickets are available from Woodend Barn on (01330) 825431 or can be purchased online at www.woodendbarn.co.uk