• 87% of the festival sold with most of the remaining capacity available in the final weekend
• Record school sales with 5,680 pupils attending from 43 schools
• Over 300 industry professionals attending from 24 different countries including Canada, China, Egypt, Chile, New Zealand, and all over Europe.
• The festival runs until the end of the weekend and tickets are still available for most shows
The 29th Edinburgh International Children’s Festival is set to break record sales this year across all its audiences including families, schools and industry professionals.
The school programme is a sell out with over 5,680 school pupils attending during the week. While many schools are based in and around Edinburgh, the Festival also attracted schools from the Borders and Inverness, and a school group from Moscow even made a surprise booking.
Thanks to the Festival’s strong international reputation, it also attracts industry professionals and artists – this year 306 delegates are coming from 24 different countries, across all continents, to see, discuss and book work.
“It is a conscious strategic objective to get more children through the door during the Festival to experience more high quality work from around the country and world. We are delighted the Festival is resonating so strongly with schools, public and industry and will continue to deepen these relationships and further establish the festival’s stellar reputation,” said Imaginate Chief Executive, Paul Fitzpatrick.
The Festival will finish with a flourish this weekend with some exciting family shows including raucous family romp Expedition Peter Pan and Eddie & the Slumber Sisters from Scottish award winning company Catherine Wheels Theatre Company.
Expedition Peter Pan (for 7-12 yrs) by Het Laagland (The Netherlands)
A group of office workers find themselves transported to a strange world where marbles appear in briefcases and paper planes emerge from filing cabinets. Can they regain their power of imagination and rediscover the joys of play? A laugh-out-loud family romp full of joy, music, dancing and special effects.
Eddie & the Slumber Sisters (for 8-13 yrs) by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company (Scotland)
The Slumber Sisters, an all-singing trio whose job is to monitor dreams, decide to intervene when Eddie’s nightmares become increasingly wild and chaotic, following the death of her grandmother. This interactive show explores grieving with warm-heart, songs and humour.
Also available this weekend is Ogo from Quebec with “a charming, gentle piece that hits the top spot of the giggle and gasp barometer”.
Ogo (for 2.5-6 yrs) by Théâtre des Petites Âmes (Canada)
Three strangers have received an invitation to travel with Ogo. But Ogo never comes. This magical show about strangers becoming friends thanks to a mysterious puppet is a wonderful tribute to creativity and imagination, accompanied by live music.
There are still public tickets for sale for most shows, especially over the final weekend (1-3 June). For full programme and booking information, go to www.imaginate.org.uk/festival or call box office on 0131 228 1404.
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