Edinburgh Intenational Children’s Festival 2022

The popular event is back and live this year.

The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival is back – from 7-15 May 2022 – with a live programme for schools, families and industry professionals. The Festival will run over two full weekends, giving families more opportunities to watch shows.

The 2022 programme offers a rich mix of artforms, featuring circus for babies, acrobatic painting, classical music fused with theatre, and productions that incorporate beautiful video projections and soundtracks. While the works are diverse in artform and age range, there are common themes that speak to the complex experiences children are dealing with during the pandemic. Many productions explore isolation, touch and human connection, while others invite us to reflect on bodies that are different from the norm, and the possibilities, challenges and beauty within this. The theme of mental health and peer pressure also features strongly throughout the programme.

Despite restrictions imposed by Covid-19, the programme remains international and includes a regional focus on Flanders, the Dutch-speaking Northern part of Belgium, one of the world’s leaders in producing innovative theatre and dance for young audiences.


Festival Director Noel Jordan said:

“We are delighted to be presenting a live festival for 2022 with a varied programme of Scottish and European performances. This year’s Festival is full of special moments for children and their families – experiences that will enable young people to reconnect and encourage them to wish, desire and aspire beyond their own lives and immediate neighbourhoods, into their potential future selves. Communal connectedness is crucial in the lives of children and young people and never more timely than this current period in our history.”

This year’s programme includes two new Scottish commissions funded by the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund, that will be touring and reaching children beyond Edinburgh. I am Tiger by Oliver Emmanuel is produced by Perth Theatre and The Hope River Girls by groupwork will also tour across Scotland. Both commissions explore the theme of mental health and how to make sense of a confusing world.

Festival tickets are on sale now. For the full programme and booking information, visit www.imaginate.org.uk/festival. Tickets can be booked online or at 0131 226 0019.

Main photograph of Little Top by Jassy Earl

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