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Glasgow hosts first ever Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival

Humza Yousaf, Minister for External Affairs and International Development

Humza Yousaf welcomes this weekend's Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival and the wider cultural legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

Last night I launched the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival – a Get Scotland Dancing commission as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme - to celebrate the best of youth dance from across the Commonwealth.

This first ever Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival will take place over three days and three nights (10-12 July) in Glasgow. Hosted by YDance, a national dance organisation for young people aged 3 - 21 in Scotland, the Festival provides a fantastic opportunity for young people to come together and share their own rich dance heritage.

Nearly 400 talented and enthused young people from Scotland and across the Commonwealth will come together to demonstrate their talents and also learn new styles and techniques from world renowned teachers from home and abroad. With talent from Scotland and the rest of the UK to international groups from as far afield as Australia, India and Singapore - I’m delighted to see a Festival such as this, with an emphasis on youth and creativity, included within the Cultural Programme for the Games.

In February this year we published Scotland’s first national Youth Arts Strategy: ‘Time to Shine’ which  identified the importance of nurturing creative potential and talent and developing the infrastructure and support to go alongside it.

This Festival, part of Get Scotland Dancing marks the latest in one of many fantastic events that have taken place across the country. For example, some of you might have seen me enjoying a dance as part of the Commonwealth Ceilidh last month, or will have read or seen some of the excellent coverage of the Big Dance Pledge in May which even saw the Skye Bridge closed as over 100 dancers performed on the iconic landmark!

I have every confidence that this Festival will be another massive success, and that it will inspire others who haven’t danced in a while to give it a whirl.

Find out about the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival