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No council funding for Aberdeen International Youth festival

An urgent business meeting of councillors has voted not to provide funding for the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.

BBC Scotland revealed last month that a decision to withdraw AIYF's 2018/19 budget was taken in a private session.

On Thursday morning, Aberdeen councillors instead decided to approve £100,000 for a Year of Young People Cultural Award Programme.

It took five minutes to decide, seven votes to six.

The annual event has been running since 1973 and has hosted an estimated 30,000 young people from around the world.

Organisers say they will revamp their business plan, and hope to find funding elsewhere.

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