Edinburgh International Children's Festival

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The Edinburgh International Children's Festival presents the world’s best theatre and dance for young audiences with performances that are deeply engaging, innovative and inspiring.

With an emphasis on striking visual productions, the international programme continuously goes beyond expectations of children’s work, inspiring and delighting both the young and young-at-heart.

What makes it special?

  • The Festival began in 1990 and is now spread over 10 venues, attracting a loyal audience of 10,000 families, schools and artists.
  • The nine-day festival opens with a weekend of free pop-up performances and arts activities at the National Museum of Scotland.
  • The Festival Director scours the world to curate the most exciting performances in theatre, dance, puppetry and multi-media and the festival has now established itself as the best places for programmers to see work of the very highest standard and discover new talents.
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