Guide to International Children’s Festival

May 8, 2018

The fascinating stories of children from across the globe can be heard in Edinburgh once more as the much-celebrated International Children’s Festival returns to the Scottish capital for another fantastic few weeks of events.

From May 26 to June 3 2018, the 29th Edinburgh International Children’s Festival descends onto the capital once more for another wonderful programme of shows and events. From immersive theatre experiences for the little ones to breathtaking stories from Syria’s refugee crisis, this year promises to be another eye-opening experience.

Produced by Imaginate and funded by Creative Scotland, this year’s programme features a mighty 14 shows from 12 countries across the globe, from theatre performances, unforgettable dance routines and wonderful multimedia and puppetry screenings.

Local favourites from around Scotland will be joined by performers and arts groups from as far and wide as New Zealand, Canada, and, making their Children’s Festival debut, South Africa.

“Where else can you share the lives of two young refugees from Syria, thrill to the rebellious curiosity of a boy made entirely of clay or delight in watching childhood toys infiltrate and disturb the lives of busy executives? While the stories they create are incredibly unique and offer different perspectives of the world, at their core is a belief that children, no matter what their circumstances may be, deserve the best art possible.
Noel Jordan, EICF Director

Things kick off at the National Museum of Scotland with an opening weekend bonanza of events, including free live music, pop-up performances, storytelling, interactive arts activities, and much much more.

What not to miss

Toddler Room
Hailing from Norway, this wonderful dance performance is ideal for the little ones, with plenty of colourful costumes and beautiful artwork to keep those toddlers engaged and astounded.

Expedition Peter Pan
This brand new show from Dutch-based Het Laagland looks at growing up and the passage to adulthood with the boy who never did, Peter Pan. There are plenty of surprises and moments of wonder galore in this show aimed at 7-12-year-olds.

Baba Yaga
When Vaselina’s tranquil apartment life is thrown into uproar by an unfriendly new resident, the receptionist must go to hilarious lengths to combat this new invader. A fresh take on a classic Russian folklore from Shona Reppe, Christine Johnson, and Rosemary Mayers, commissioned by Imaginate and Windmill Theatre Co.

Mbuzeni (suitable for 12 years and up)
From South Africa comes a tale of four orphan girls and their fascination with burial rituals. The much-celebrated Koleka Putuma has crafted a wonderful story full of charm and tradition. A must-see for kids and adults alike.

Festival tickets are on sale now. For full programme and booking information, go to Tickets can be booked online or at 0131 228 1404. (Photo: EICF)

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