Dear Scotland 2014 and 2016 Tour Members,
As you may have already seen on Facebook, late last week a sub-committee of the Aberdeen City Council unanimously voted to recommend removing their annual funding for our beloved Aberdeen International Youth Festival for the 2018-19 budget cycle. The amount, reported between £120 and £150K, equals roughly 1/3 of the festival's funding and has left our friends in Aberdeen scrambling for a way forward. The full city council will make a final decision on this recommendation in early 2018 which means there is still time for the public to voice their support for the festival which has brought the world to Aberdeen since 1973.

This festival is dear to all of us; its impact goes well beyond the eleven days we spent together in 2014 and 2016; we are different people for having experienced the cultural jewel that is the AIYF!

Please show your support by respectfully and passionately posting what AIYF has meant to you directly to the AIYF Facebook page. (Following Aberdeen City Council on Facebook will allow you to tag them in your post as well). Use the hashtag #AIYF2018. Keep checking in with AIYF as this story develops to see how else we can stand with them.

We also encourage you to respectfully appeal to the council members directly who made this decision. Their names and email addresses are listed below as well as the contact information for the Evening Express reporter who is following this story.  (Please do NOT post these email addresses to social media.)

Councillor Jenny Laing:
Councillor Douglas Lumsden:
Councillor Lesley Dunbar:
Councillor John Wheeler:
Chair: councillor Claire Imrie:

Evening Express Reporter:

Let's show Aberdeen our love and stand with our AIYF family!