Youngsters rehearse

Modo theatre company in rehearsals.
Modo theatre company in rehearsals.

Youngsters from the North-east are preparing to take part in an exciting parade in Aberdeen which celebrates the culture, history and community of the city and its port.

The parade, whose title is The Port, is due to be held on Saturday 4 August, leaving from Queen Street, Aberdeen, at 12.00noon and finishing at Union Terrace Gardens.

Amongst those taking part will be twelve young people, aged between 10 and 18, from Peterhead and the surrounding area. In total, it is expected that approximately 500 people will join in the fun.

The parade is being held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF). It will feature sections from a number of areas in the North-east, including Peterhead and Mintlaw. The parade will include a wide range of themes, including Vikings, renewables, granite and oil, heavy industry and fishing. The Mintlaw section is called “Dockyard Drummers”, while Peterhead’s part of the show is entitled “Cogs of Construction”.

To add to the carnival atmosphere, there will be circus activities, large puppets, drumming bands, dance, flags and stilt walkers. In the lead-up to Saturday’s fun, the young people have been working on routines, floats and props.

Martin Danziger, who is Modo Director, commented: “We’re looking forward to it very much. It’s wonderful to get young people from the Shire involved”.

The project is a collaboration between AIYF, Arts development and Modo. The Port offers “First in a Lifetime” experiences to participants and communities.

More information is available from the Modo Scotland Facebook page.