Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

Edinburgh International Children's Festival of performing arts for children and young people.

Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

About Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

30B Grindlay Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH3 9AX
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Our flagship festival is now called Edinburgh International Children’s Festival (formerly Imaginate Festival).

The Edinburgh International Children's Festival is Scotland's international festival of performing arts for children and young people.

Edinburgh - We are based in Edinburgh and contribute to the rich tapestry of arts and culture available throughtout the year. Our nine-day long celebration of theatre and dance for children offers over 90 performances in various venues across Edinburgh.

International - Our programme is truly international. Our Festival Director travels far and wide to select the most exciting and innovative performances available worlwide. This year, we will be presenting productions from 9 different countries including Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Wales, the Netherlands, Norway and Australia. The Festival has also established itself as one of the best places for programmers from all over the world to see young people’s work of the very highest standard and each year, we welcome over 200 delegates from leading venues such as Sydney Opera House, Southbank Centre or the New Victory in Broadway.

Children - Our programme offers a rich and diverse mix of productions specifically created for children and young people. We want more children in Scotland to experience work that is deeply engaging, innovative and inspiring. We believe that all children deserve the opportunity to develop their creativity, emotional intelligence and reach their true potential.

Upcoming Events at Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

Small Wonders

Small Wonders

14th May 2019 - 2nd June 2019
An interactive theatrical experience where children are invited inside the home of a miniaturist for an immersive and awe-inspiring magical journey into the world she has created.
Valentina’s Galaxy

Valentina’s Galaxy

25th May 2019 - 1st June 2019
An intergalactic adventure for starry-eyed children inspired by the first woman in space. Featuring combustible concoctions, rocket launches and star gazing, this show is a real visual treat.
And if I were me

And if I were me

27th May 2019 - 28th May 2019
A humorous and breathtaking performance fizzing with energy, with three creature-dancers emerging from a giant rotating cube and looking at how we grow, change and become individuals.
Nero

Nero

27th May 2019 - 29th May 2019
An unusual sensory show about darkness, where two performers moving amongst the audience create a magical atmosphere of dancing light and reflections.
Mappamondo

Mappamondo

27th May 2019 - 29th May 2019
An imaginary journey across the Earth where sand, earth, bark and a range of natural sounds are playfully interwoven by a dancer and percussionist to create a world of colours and sounds.
Playful Tiger

Playful Tiger

27th May 2019 - 29th May 2019
A highly physical interactive dance performance about a troubled family’s world turned upside down by a mischievous tiger, specially created for children who are profoundly autistic.
Emil and the Detectives

Emil and the Detectives

27th May 2019 - 29th May 2019
This highly designed and satisfying tale breaks ground for the independent-children-versus-devious-adults story genre, as young Emil enlists the help of streewise kids to defeat an evil thief.
Super Human Heroes

Super Human Heroes

27th May 2019 - 1st June 2019
Who will save Captain Sunshine, if he cannot save himself? Super Human Heroes is a comic and musical dance with darkness for 8 to 13 year olds.
I Wish I Was a Mountain

I Wish I Was a Mountain

28th May 2019 - 30th May 2019
Performed by a poetry slam champion this show uses rhyme and live music with an ingenious set of illuminated plywood houses, to explore what happens when we are granted all our wishes.
This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing

28th May 2019 - 1st June 2019
A contemporary fairytale about triplet sisters abandoned in a forest, who follow their own path in the world and fulfil their dreams through courage, determination and friendship.
Us/Them

Us/Them

29th May 2019 - 31st May 2019
A dynamic retelling of the Beslan school siege where 1,200 children were held hostage by a group of armed terrorists. Told through the eyes of two children with humour and a matter-of-fact approach.
New Owner

New Owner

30th May 2019 - 1st June 2019
This moving tale of friendship between a dog and an old lady, seen through the dog’s eyes, combines puppetry, live action and animation, and sensitively explores loss and new beginnings.
Three Legs

Three Legs

30th May 2019 - 2nd June 2019
Filled with playful balancing games, dance movements and handstands, and accompanied by a gorgeous contemporary soundtrack, Three Legs enchants and captivates.
The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

30th May 2019 - 2nd June 2019
Mixing ingenious tricks and anarchic theatre, this unpredictable and quirky show is brimming with fun and exciting magic.
The Little Bath

The Little Bath

1st June 2019 - 2nd June 2019
A unique dance performance full of white floating foam, malleable and fragile, sculpted to create landscapes and ephemeral characters by a dancer on stage.

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