Diverse CiTay Festival

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This weekend, Perth will celebrate Scotland’s Year of the Young People 2018 with a bright and colourful festival focused on the youths in our community.

Diverse CiTay Festival will bring together live music, a Perth Theatre Youth takeover, a specialised youth market and lots more entertainment and activities this Saturday in the city centre. It all gets underway from 12:30PM and goes on throughout the day until late.

Kicking off the festival is a colourful carnival parade which will depart from the South Inch and will include a variety of Perthshire performers and youth groups who will drum up the party atmosphere. The parade will travel along Tay Street beside the river before ending up at the North Inch which will become the heart of the Diverse CiTay Festival for the afternoon.

The legendary Ministry of Sound will host the music stage between 1:30PM to 4:30PM on the North Inch along with the House and Garage Orchestra, and they’ll be joined by a number of special guests throughout the day.

Kele Le Roc, Sweet Female Attitude, Polly Pierce, Be Charlotte, Jack Maynard, Mikey, Karen Harding, and Eliza and the Bears will all take to the stage, with lots of activities going on around the music stage all afternoon long. 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.

Perth College UHI’s Health, Sport and Wellbeing villages will be set up on the inch to offer festival goers free opportunities to give a new skill a try – from bubble football to a climbing wall – or to take time out to relax and receive some health and wellbeing advice. There will also be a mini funfair, inflatables, side stalls and much more going on too.

The festival then heads to Mill Street and there will be a special Youth Market showcasing some of the areas brightest young entrepreneurs aged between 8 and 26-years-old. There will be a wide range of original products for sale, from handmade chocolates, leather goods, pottery and jewellery to festival wear, toys, soaps and 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."

Also getting involved in the Diverse CiTay celebrations is the newly refurbished Perth Theatre, which will be opening its doors to the youngsters of Perthshire in a Youth Takeover from 10AM to 9:30PM on the day, with lots of great activities to try free of charge including trying your hand at becoming a DJ, rapper or musician; learning about theatre tech and sculpture; or getting creative with arts and crafts. There will also be an official after party between 7PM and 9PM featuring a silent disco and music from local bands.


Getting to Diverse CiTay is easy and there are free shuttle buses on hand to ferry young people and their families from around Perth and Kinross into the city centre.

You can find further information about the Diverse CiTay Festival including the full free shuttle bus schedule on the Perth City Centre website.


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