The Ultimate Guide to Edinburgh’s International Children’s Festival

Mar 20, 2019

The streets of Edinburgh will once again be transformed into a bonanza of all things theatre and performance this Spring, as the annual International Children’s Festival returns for a 30th anniversary year. 

This year’s festivities brings together fifteen productions from across the globe, from Scotland to Australia.

An action-packed calendar celebrates the world of theatre and dance, with events running from 25 May to 2 June 2019.

“Our 30th-anniversary programme promises to be another spectacular one for the Festival,” said Festival Director Noel Jordan.

“This year, families in Scotland will again have a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s best theatre and dance specifically created for young people. You can go on a voyage from a retro kitchen into outer space with the first female astronaut, or marvel at the determination of triplet sisters as they journey separately around the globe. Whatever your choice, you can be confident the shows will be diverse, compelling and visually stunning. Shows that will make children laugh, gasp and cry while encouraging them to be critical thinkers with curious minds.”

International Children’s Festival Calendar

Three Legs (for 1.5-5yrs

From Denmark’s Aaben Dans comes a uniquely funny dance performance aimed at the youngest attendees. Through a beautiful balancing act, the performance encapsulates what it means to support one another.

Valentina’s Galaxy (for 2-5yrs)

Stunning visuals accompany this rocket-fuelled adventure through the stars, inspired by the story of the first woman in space by Scotland’s Frozen Charlotte.

Nero (for 2-5yrs)

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Germany’s Alfredo Zinola and Maxwell McCarthy bring their unique light and reflection show to Edinburgh with the sensory spectacular, Nero.

The Little Bath (for 2-6yrs)

The hugely talented Théâtre de Romette use mountains of white bath foam to create wondrous shapes and sculptures live on stage in this inspiring dance performance.

Mappamondo (for 2-6yrs)

Join Dadodans & Gaia Gonnelli on their journey across the globe, exploring the planet via the mediums of sound and percussion.

And If I Were Me (for 5-9yrs)

French dance troupe ACT2 Company Catherine Dreyfus bring their rib-tickling take on growing up to the stage in this engaging musical show.

The Invisible Man (for 4-11yrs)

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Theater Artemis blend tricks and theatre in this wonderful performance, full of magic and mystery.

Small Wonders (for 5-11yrs)

Embarking on a 3-week long run, Punchdrunk’s Small Wonders is an interactive theatrical experience that takes children on an immersive journey through the home of a miniaturist.

New Owner (for 7-12yrs)

There aren’t many greater friends in life than the family dog, and this show explores that age-old companionship via stunning puppetry. A touching tale for an older audience.

I Wish I Was a Mountain (for 7-12yrs)

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Rhythm and rhyme are brought together in this poetry slam, which asks what would happen if all our wishes come true.

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (for 7-12yrs)

Scotland’s own Stellar Quines bring this contemporary fairytale to the stage. Three sisters must forge their own path in life after they are abandoned in the forest at a young age.

Playful Tiger (for 7-17yrs ASN)

This interactive dance extravaganza about a family visited by a troublesome tiger has been specially created for children with autism.

Super Human Heroes (for 8-13yrs)

A live music performance from Scottish locals The Letter J, which explores how we all can (and can’t) be superheroes in our everyday lives.

Emil and the Detectives (for 8-13yrs)

Emil enlists a band of streetwise kids in an attempt to tackle an evil thief in this coming-of-age tale from Australia’s Slingsby.

Festival tickets are on sale now. For full programme and booking information, go to http://www.imaginate.org.uk/festival. Tickets can be booked online or at 0131 228 1404.

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