Edinburgh International Children's Festival

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The programme has been announced for the 2021 Festival which will see a hybrid model of online and outdoor theatre and dance for young people. The digital programme will include streamed performances such as Removed (the gripping story of a young man’s experience of the care system) and innovative ‘live’ digital interactions such as The University of Wonder & Imagination (a live magic show over Zoom). To complement the online offer, the Festival programme includes Family Encounters, a series of free pop-up artistic encounters, walkabout characters and sound trails happening in outdoor spaces across Edinburgh in the first and last weekend of the Festival. The primary goal is to make sure that this year, more than ever, young audiences have access to high quality performances in May and June. 

What makes it special?

  • The Children’s Festival searches high and low for the most exciting and thrilling of performances to share with young audiences. It’s now even seen as a hot-spot to scout new artists and performers of the highest standard.
  • Since the International Children’s Festival began in 1990, it has grown to attract, in any noral year, over 10,000 individuals, schools and families.
  • The usual 9 day festival has a jam-packed programme with the opening weekend normally featuring events and performances at the National Museum of Scotland
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