Edinburgh International Children's Festival

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are deeply saddened to announce the cancellation of this year’s Edinburgh International Children’s Festival which was due to be held from 20-31 May this year. Advice from the government, theatre venues and schools closing mean it is no longer possible for the Festival to take place. Ensuring the health and wellbeing of our audience, performing companies, artists and staff has to remain our number one priority.

Festival Director Noel Jordan said:
“Our priority is now on supporting those we work with and minimising their potential loss of income. I want to ensure the cancellation of the Festival does not mean financial hardship for the small arts organisations, freelancers and independent artists we rely on to make our Festival the special event that it is. So we will honour the contracts of all those individuals who were confirmed to work on the Festival this year. We will also work with artists over the coming months to support them and to find artistic responses to the coronavirus situation. For now, we would like to thank our funders, partners, performing companies and audiences for their loyalty, support and understanding.’’ 

What makes it special?

  • Since the International Children’s Festival began in 1990, it has grown to attract over 10,000 individuals, schools and families.
  • This 9 day festival has a jam-packed programme with the opening weekend featuring events and performances at the National Museum of Scotland.
  • 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.
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