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Aberdeen International Youth festival (AIYF) is urging young performers from across Deeside and Donside to apply to take part in its one day ‘festival in the city’ held on Saturday, July 30.

Open to amateur musicians, groups, drama and dance companies the acts chosen to perform will get a slot on one of the festival’s ten professionally managed city centre stages.

Community groups, individuals, bands and artists of all ages are being encouraged to come forward to take the final few slots available in the ‘festival in the city’ programme.

Stages are based at outdoor and indoor venues such as Union Terrace Gardens, Union Square, Golden Square and outside Marks and Spencer’s in the city centre. Festival in the city happens between 1pm and 4.30pm.

Stewart Aitken, artistic director and chief executive of AIYF said: “This is a great opportunity for up and coming talent from across all sections of the community to showcase their talents to audiences at prime city centre locations.”

Festival in the city is a one day event that is organised as part of the wider AIYF season that starts on July 27 and runs through until through to August 6. Sponsored by BP, the event is also part of Aberdeen’s wider ‘Tartan day’ celebrations which also happen on the same day in the city centre.

Now in its 39th year, AIYF is considered to be one of the biggest celebrations of youth arts anywhere in the world. With more than 100 performances from 60 local, national and international participants it is regarded as one of the premier events on the Scottish cultural calendar.

To apply, interested groups or individuals should e-mail: info@aiyf.org for more information on how to enter.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday (July 11).