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.

Childrens Festival

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Edinburgh International Children's Festival takes place from 7 – 15 May 2022.

About the Edinburgh International Children's Festival

Childrens Festival Family Day

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Edinburgh International Children’s Festival began in 1990 and has grown to attract, in any normal year, over 10,000 individuals, schools and families.

With a program filled with performances, activities and pop-up events that are dedicated to entertaining and engage 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.

Celebrating the best of children’s theatre and dance from around the world and showcasing high quality, distinctive Scottish and international performances to an audience of children, their teachers, and their families each year, the 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.

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

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

Numerous pop-up events take place across the city centre, with the opening weekend normally featuring events and performances at the National Museum of Scotland.

For details of this year’s programme, check the Edinburgh International Children's Festival website > 


This page was created in collaboration with our friends at Festivals Edinburgh.

Edinburgh has a jam-packed festival schedule all year around. Whether you love the arts, are mad about science, or relish the thought of getting lost in a good book, there’s a festival for you. Take a look at our guide to Edinburgh’s Festivals >