Imaginate Festival launches 2015 programme!

The Imaginate Festival, Scotland’s international festival of performing arts for children and young people has launched its programme for 2015, promising 'bouncing, bopping, blue-grass and the power of the spoken word'.

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The festival, which runs from Monday 11 to Sunday 17 May 2015 will include fourteen productions from the UK and across Europe, with shows suitable for very young babies, teenagers and all ages in between.

Along the way, children and young people have the chance to dance round the world and off to outer space, see three bakers outsmarted by a very pesky mouse, bounce around on a custom-build inflatable, hear the stories of a young master makerupper and find out about the invention of the butterfly swimming stroke!

Companies taking part include Edinburgh's Starcatchers and Tortoise In A Nutshell, London's Unicorn Theatre, China Plate from Birmingham, Barnstorm from Ireland, De Dansers from the Netherlands and more from Scotland, England, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Spain.

Paul Fitzpatrick, Imaginate’s newly appointed Executive Director said:

Imaginate was my inspiration to start working in the performing arts for children and young people. Now, twenty years since I started out, I am thrilled, delighted and very, very proud to be attending the festival in my new role as Imaginate's new Executive Director. Imaginate was my inspiration and I look forward to finding more ways to inspire even more people of all ages.

Last year saw Imaginate's 25th anniversary and 2015 sees the departure of its CEO and Festival Director of 21 years, Tony Reekie, who added:

Our children and young people deserve the very very best, and I've strived over the years to bring productions from around that world that will excite and entertain. In my 21st and last programme I hope our offer is as packed full with exciting theatre as always; something to thrill and move everyone, young and old.

Imaginate is also running its popular Family Fringe event on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2015, taking place in the Traverse Café Bar, and giving local artists and performers a chance to create, perform and experiment with new ideas for family audiences.

Find out more about Imaginate 2015 and download the festival brochure at www.imaginate.org.uk/festival

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