Passing ‘the baton’ in Blackburn

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THE specially commissioned oversized ‘conductor’s baton’ on a relay tour of Aberdeen City and Shire made a appearance at the acclaimed ‘Once Upon a Tune’ in Blackburn on Tuesday (July 17).

The baton is part of a series of special events that have been brought to life in honour of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival’s (AIYF) 40th anniversary season.

Symbolising the ‘passing on of the baton’ to the next generation of AIYF performers, supporters and talented young people in the region, the specially made hand crafted baton was a collaborative effort between local artist Jim Ewen and Conan Abel an Aberdeen based designer.

The baton was at Once Upon a Tune where it formed a part of the children’s song and story session. Once Upon a Tune operates out of the home of its founder Diana in Blackburn, Aberdeen.

Established in 2001 Once Upon a Tune provides wonderful fun for children of all ages and is also very successful for children and adults with learning disabilities. Through its own unique blend of stimulation and freedom of expression Once Upon a Tune encourages participation and creates a vibrant, diverse and highly imaginative playground. It operates regular fun music sessions for babies and pre-school children and also visits groups and events throughout Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire.

Diana told the Herald, “Once Upon a Tune is now 11 years old and has lots of different approaches to encourage youngsters to have lots of fun with song, story, music and percussion. It is great to “pass the baton” for the Aberdeen International Youth Festival which celebrates so many cultural activities. We had a theme of “Around the World” today and it was great to link this to the forthcoming fun of the Festival.”

The baton was sent on its travels by Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, as part of the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival at Portsoy, and was with Mitchell School of Drama in Inverurie last week.