actors from The Unexpected Gift- at Edinburgh International Children's Festival
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Edinburgh International Children’s Festival

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

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival will return in May 2025.

About the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival

Univers at Edinburgh International Children's Festival
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Celebrating the best of children’s theatre and dance from around the world, the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival has established itself as one of the best places for programmers from all over the world to see work of the very highest standard.

The festival began in 1990 and has grown to attract over 10,000 individuals, schools and families.

With a program filled with performances, activities and pop-up events that are dedicated to entertaining and engaging children from toddlers to teenagers, the 9 day festival is a popular annual highlight for Scottish families and schools, as well as a place where artists meet and take part in professional development activities.

Artistic, vibrant, energic – it’s a great way for children and adults alike to share a live experience together, through performances that really stretch the imagination.

The festival has a strong commitment to accessibility and equality and their events and activities are open to children from all backgrounds and abilities, particularly welcoming schools from different regions and economically and socially disadvantaged schools.

All venues are family-friendly and wheelchair accessible. A number of performances are BSL-interpreted, while for those who prefer a more relaxed theatre experiences, a number of relaxed performances are available.

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