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Edinburgh International Children's Festival

The newly renamed Edinburgh International Children's Festival (formerly Imaginate Festival) is Scotland’s international festival of performing arts for children and young people, running from Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June 2016 at venues across Edinburgh. A variety of lively performances and companies will be showcased throughout the week which will spark the imaginations of young and old. 

Edinburgh International Children's Festival Highlights

Edinburgh International Childrens Festival 2017 Bambert 1 C Jon Green

[Image Credit: Jon Green]

The 2017 festival programme offers children, young people and their families the opportunity to see some of the world’s best theatre, dance, multi-media and puppetry performances. The festival includes 15 shows from 9 countries, curated to stimulate and inspire children and young people to consider their identity and place in the world.  

As well as catering for the very young with hypnotic shows including Primo, an underwater performance installation in a large inflatable swimming pool and Grass, a dance exploration of the earth and its wriggling inhabitants performed on real turf, this year's festival includes exciting productions for older children such as Falling Dreams, an exciting multi-media production taking the audience inside the mind of a teenage girl and Evil, with its real life unflinching exploration of bullying in a Swedish boarding school.

The festival will open once again with a family weekend at the National Museum of Scotland with free drop-in events all day including live music, pop-up performances, storytelling, hands-on arts activities and more. 

For the full programme and ticket information visit the Imaginate website

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