PERTH GEARS UP FOR MAJOR YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE FESTIVAL

A huge event celebrating Scotland’s ‘Year of Young People’ will take place in Perth this weekend, with thousands expected to flock to the city.

The Diverse CiTay Festival will see a colourful carnival make its way through the city, as well as a festival event on the North Inch featuring the legendary Ministry of Sound.

The main stage will feature acts such as Jack Maynard, Kele Le Roc, Sweet Female Attitude, Be Charlotte and Karen Harding.

img_1421There will also be a Health, Sport & Wellbeing village, supported by Perth College UHI, as well as a funfair, inflatables and stalls from a variety of local organisations. Pink Saltire will also be taking the LGBT Heritage exhibition to Perth in an effort to engage young people in our rich diversity story.

Perth Theatre’s Youth Takeover will be happening all day from 10am with lots of activities to try including being a rapper, learning about theatre costume and make-up, mask-making and arts and crafts for the younger kids.

Meanwhile, at Perth Museum and Art Gallery, there are two special exhibitions created by local young people. In the ‘Flowers of the Forest’ exhibition, Perth Academy pupils commemorate the fallen of WWI through specially produced digital work using the names on the school’s war memorial. The ‘Self and Image’ exhibition, produced by young people from Navigate, explores self-image and issues of identity and was inspired by the experimental techniques of Perth photography pioneer Magnus Jackson. Both exhibitions are open from 10am til 5pm.

Later, the action moves to Mill Street in the city, with a Youth Market which will showcase the talents of young entrepreneurs aged 8 to 26, including handmade chocolates, leather goods, jewellery, toys, bath bombs and locally produced food and drink.

Diverse CiTay Working Group Co-Chairs, Robert McCall MSYP and Siusaidh Johnston, said:

“We can’t wait to welcome the Year of Young People to Perth! We have such a diverse range of activities and entertainment being delivered by our partners. From Ministry of Sound taking over our main stage, to a thriving youth market that will showcase the talent of our young entrepreneurs, it’s going to be a day to celebrate the talents and diversity of young people, and we are proud to put Perthshire on the map as a vibrant hub for all young people in Scotland.”

A shuttle bus service will be operating from various locations, with full information available via Perthcity.co.uk

The full event guide can be downloaded HERE.

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