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JA Youth Theatre Selected For Scotland Festival

Published:Saturday | April 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica Youth Theatre (JYT) is one of two Caribbean groups selected and invited to participate in the prestigious Aberdeen International Youth Festival 2017 - a festival of youth arts and one of Scotland's major international cultural events. Twelve members of JYT will travel to Scotland to represent Jamaica and perform at the upcoming global festival scheduled for July 28 through August 5.

The Aberdeen International Youth Festival is a multi-arts event that takes place annually in Aberdeen and the northeast region of Scotland. Over 1,000 young artistes will travel from around the world to perform at this year's festival, to be staged under the auspices of the council of the City of Aberdeen.

Now in its 45th year, the 2017 festival will welcome a rich and diverse range of performances, productions, and projects.

Founded in 2004, JYT comprises young thespians from across the island, recruited from the annual Secondary Schools' Drama Festival. The JYT creates theatre targeting young people as a means of social change, with a commitment to using Jamaican indigenous forms and popular culture to engage its audience.

In 2015, Jamaica Youth Theatre won the Best Production Award for its performance of Jonkanoo Jamboree at the Caribbean Schools' Drama Festival in Trinidad and Tobago. Last year, JYT also copped the Best Production award at the Tallawah Theatre Festival at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. In 2007, the group was recognised with the Prime Minister's Youth Award for Excellence in Arts and Culture by the Government of Jamaica.

At the upcoming Aberdeen International Youth Festival 2017, Jamaica Youth Theatre will present Jamaica Drum, a theatre piece directed by Danar Royal that chronicles the movement of the drum through the history of Jamaica. Jamaica Drum mirrors the counter-hegemonic struggles of Jamaicans and the importance of the drum in the development of their unique Jamaican culture.

The Aberdeen International Youth Festival is internationally recognised as one of the biggest, most successful, and longest-running youth arts festivals in the world and involves thousands of youth participants from over 15 countries.