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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12898: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 21 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it plans with Aberdeen City Council regarding future funding for the Aberdeen International Youth Festival; how much support (a) it and (b) its agencies have given to the festival in each of the last 10 years, and what assessment it has made of the (i) economic and (ii) cultural impact of the festival on the north east.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 6 December 2017

The Scottish Government does not provide any direct support to the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF). However, EventScotland has previously supported AIYF twice through the National Events Programme with a total of £33,303 (£18,303 in 2005 and £15,000 in 2008) and Creative Scotland has provided support to AIYF totalling £322,289 through 6 awards since 2011.

Whilst the funding of AIYF is a matter for Aberdeen City Council and their deliberations regarding future funding are on-going, the reputation of AIYF both locally and internationally is significant.

More than 45,000 people from across Scotland, the UK and from overseas, attended or participated in this year’s AIYF which is one component of the wider Aberdeen Festivals group. The economic impact of the Aberdeen Festivals is estimated to be over £2 million annually to the local Aberdeen City economy.