Family Arts Day takes centre stage as city centre events announced

HMT and Union Terrace Gardens

A PACKED line-up of free to attend or low-cost family activities, performances and more are set to take over Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens and His Majesty’s Theatre on Saturday, June 8. 

The Family Arts Day is part of Aberdeen Performing Arts’ festival by young people for young people, Light the Blue, with events taking place across the city centre from June 4-15. 

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With performances, workshops, tours and arts activities for children and their families from 12pm right through until 5pm, there will be plenty to keep everyone entertained throughout the day. 

Jordan Blackwood, Light the Blue Creative Producer for Aberdeen Performing Arts, said: “We’re hoping to have as many people as possible coming along to Union Terrace Gardens and His Majesty’s throughout the day and we have lots in store. Whether you want to drop by for a specific performance or bring a picnic and find a spot to spend the day it will be a really relaxed atmosphere – you can wander between indoor and outdoor events as you please. It’s shaping up to be an unforgettable day so come along and get involved!” 

Drop-in events include music performances from Drake Music Scotland’s Digital Orchestra: Youth, Academy of Expressive Arts and Aberdeen City Council Instrumental Music Service’s Junior Strings, dance performances from Citymoves Dance Agency and Northfield Academy, drama performances from Aberdeen Arts Centre and family-friendly backstage tours of His Majesty’s Theatre. 

A new walkabout piece co-commissioned by Aberdeen Performing Arts and Imaginate, LowFi Hip-Hop Beetroots, will see two giant beetroots and their carrot microphones dance and interact with young audiences as they roam Union Terrace Gardens. Drop in arts and crafts workshops will be on offer, including Gray’s School of Art’s Mobile Art School. 

The Boy Who Couldn’t Sit Still, a new physical theatre piece by Cecilia Thoden van Velzen and Cameron Prince will also take place in Union Terrace Gardens, asking what do you do when the chair you’ve been told to sit in starts moving its legs? What happens when you simply can’t sit still? 

There will also be low-cost theatre performances in His Majesty’s for youngsters aged 0-8, with adults free to attend. 

The House Proud Mouse, for children aged 0-3 is on at His Majesty’s Theatre at 12.30pm. Take a peek into the charming world of Rosie; an extremely nosey mouse who loves to bake, play music from her gramophone, and tidy her little mouse house. Rosie’s perfectionism is put to the test when unexpected guests arrive—a mischievous group of mice who prefer chaos to order. 

May Fly/ May Not is a work in progress show for early years children aged 2-8 and their families which tells the inspiring story of the first woman in the world to design, build and fly her own airplane. The show starts at 1.30pm and will finish with a workshop where you will be given the chance to play and be creative with your family. 

Wee Tales, which is on at the city theatre at 2.30pm is for 3-7 year-olds and is an interactive storytelling performance inspired by an array of favourite children’s stories. Two performers share tales packed full of fun, mischief and laughter. 

Taking place at the Lemon Tree is So Far So Good, a new contemporary circus show for ages 3-6 by Superfan Performance commissioned by Imaginate in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts. Three performers use daring acrobatics to explore flying, falling, steep places, precipices and the sharp rocks you come across on the way up. 

Rounding off Family Arts Day, a diverse group of over 100 young musicians will showcase their musical talent on the Music Hall stage. Building upon the success of 2023’s event, The Big Gig features short sets from individual groups including Scottish Culture & Traditions Youth, Aberdeen City Council Instrumental Music Service, Big Noise Torry & Aberdeen Jazz Youth. 

The full programme of events and further information for Light the Blue can be found at Tickets for Light The Blue are on sale now from, phone (01224) 641122 or visit the box office at His Majesty’s Theatre or the Music Hall.

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