Edinburgh International Children’s Festival,
Sat 27 May – Sun 4 Jun 2017, various venues.
The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival (previously known as Imaginate), now in its 28th year, brings an exciting programme of stimulating shows to Scotland. It is recognised worldwide as one of the best festivals showcasing children’s theatre and dance.
The festival’s aim is to encourage children’s engagement with the performing arts – to entertain, educate, challenge and stimulate. It attracts thousands of young people, teachers, carers and families to performance venues across Edinburgh.
It opens with a family weekend at the National Museum of Scotland. There will be lots of free performances and drop-in activities all day with live music, mini performances, storytelling and hands-on arts and crafts. The event is ideal for 0-12 year olds and is a perfect introduction to the festival.
The programme brings together a wide variety of productions, telling stories old and new, to inspire and thrill young audiences. There are over 90 performances to choose from, for different ages groups, in various venues across Edinburgh. Each show has its own unique character and zest. Highlights for 2017 include an underwater performance in an inflatable swimming pool, Dracula reinvented with light bulb puppets and Little Red Riding Hood on a mobility scooter.
The full programme and tickets are available on the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival website now.