Light the Blue Festival to ignite imaginations in the northeast

The best and brightest local talent of the future will take center stage in June as Aberdeen Performing Arts’ youth festival, Light the Blue, makes a triumphant return to the city.

A dynamic and lively program of dance, music, film and spoken word will fill the Lemon Tree as well as outdoor performances at the Bon Accord Roof Garden from Thursday June 16th to Saturday June 18th.

The events program will provide young people from across the region and beyond the opportunity to engage, spark conversations, collaborate and celebrate their talent while providing an inspiring experience.

A festival by young people for young people, Light The Blue is a bold and exciting addition to the North East’s cultural agenda.

Adults are also welcome to visit the festival over the weekend, as their involvement and participation is seen as an invaluable contribution to supporting the arts for young people in the North East of Scotland.

Susan Whyte, Head of Creative Engagement at Aberdeen Performing Arts, said: “Light the Blue is a snapshot of young talent in Aberdeen and beyond right now.

“The aim of the festival is to spark imaginations and start conversations, to bring together young creative minds and create unforgettable experiences. We are truly excited and proud to present these talented and creative artists and performers.

“There’s so much to see and do throughout the weekend, so for young creatives in the area who want to get involved, now is the time.”

Beginning on Thursday the 16th at the Music Hall‘s Big Sky Studio, a special performance of ‘All About People’ by the Young Company of Aberdeen Performing Arts and the Grampian Hospitals Art Trust will celebrate the city and its achievements.

Specifically inspired by the Foresterhill Campus community, this short film features a mix of sound and visuals alongside live performances from The Young Company.

Jason Singh will also perform a live beatbox set, setting the tone for the festival weekend with this uplifting and engaging show.

The action then moves to the Lemon Tree for the first of the multi-project Fuse events where Aberdeen Performing Arts Senior and Intermediate Youth Theatre, City Moves and Ten Feet Tall Theater Company headline an eclectic lineup of shows celebrating the creativity of young people through theatre, dance and cinema.

Jason Sing

Jason Singh will wrap up day one with a DJ set at Lemon Tree featuring music from around the world including soul, funk, spiritual house, reggae, bhangra, drums and bass, disco , garage, afrobeat and more.

On Friday, 17 Jfree events will include a Hip Hop Workshop and an Emerging Artists Scratch Party.

This showcase of work in progress by young creatives, curated by young people from open call submissions and mentored by professional artists, is an opportunity for emerging creatives to test new performance materials in front of a live, supportive audience. .

Friday’s Light The Blue evening continues with the SC&T Youth Concert at the Lemon Tree.

Bringing together young folk musicians from across the North East of Scotland to present group and solo performances, alongside some of Scotland’s finest musicians.

The complete program will be announced shortly.

On Saturday, a series of free workshops will cover topics such as creating audio performances and designing performance material, as well as behind-the-scenes insights from Ten Feet Tall Theater and the Aberdeen Jazz Festival, while Belmont Filmhouse will host a film screening.

Bon Accord Roof Garden is the setting for a free concert featuring the city’s newest musical talent on Saturdays, as well as The Happiness Collectors, an interactive journey of nonsense and sound to learn the best ways to collect and share the happiness, and the Fuse events continue with performances from the Aberdeen Performing Arts Junior and Intermediate Youth Theatre, City Moves Dance, Castlegate Youth Theatre, Aberdeen Youth Music Theatre, at the Lemon Tree.

A series of performances specially curated for Light the Blue themed “Light the Way” will see outdoor pop-up events as well as a cabaret night hosted by drag artist Jordy Delight, featuring a line-up of spoken word , drag, theater and music, including activist/performance artists Ink Asher Hemp & Mal Fraser, and local singer-songwriter AiiTee.

This will be followed by a celebratory night for the under 18s hosted by DJ Evan Buthie at the Lemon Tree, bringing Light the Blue 2022 to a close.

Most events in the program are completely free, with donation options for some events.

Light The Blue festival producer Jordan Blackwood said: “Whether you’re attending Light the Blue or coming as an audience member, it’s a fantastic way to support youth arts in the area.

“The festival has a fresh and exciting atmosphere, developing new talent in a professional way while allowing young people to have the hint of rebellion they deserve.

“We look forward to seeing everyone in June and encouraging people to get involved and support the incredible young talent we have in the region.”

Tickets for Light The Blue are on sale now and more information about the festival can be found at

www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/light-the-blue or telephone (01224) 641122


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Corina C. Butler