Young Associates Call-Out


8 January 2018


8 January 2018



How to apply

Email your personal statement at: by 5pm on 8 January.

As part of its celebration of the Year of Young People 2018, Imaginate is looking for five young associates aged 16-25 yrs to join a panel to help programme and deliver the Opening Weekend of the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival.

The Festival presents the world’s best theatre and dance for young audiences aged 0-15, with performances that are deeply engaging, innovative and inspiring. Now in its 29th year, the nine-day festival attracts a loyal audience of 10,000 families, schools and artists and opens with a weekend of free pop-up performances and arts activities at the National Museum of Scotland.

Who is this for?

We are looking for five young people aged 16-25 yrs.

You should have a strong interest in theatre or dance - whether in performing, making, producing or designing - but you do not need any experience.

Imaginate is committed to representing the diverse range of voices which make up Scotland today. We welcome applications from people who are diverse and different, including those from culturally diverse backgrounds and those who identify as disabled.

What’s involved?

Most of the artists featured at the Opening Weekend are selected through an open call-out. This application process encourages artists working in the field of theatre and dance for young people to submit proposals to perform at the Opening Weekend. As our Young Associates, you will have the responsibility to read all the applications to select which artists will perform at the Opening Weekend.

You will also be involved in some of the logistics, planning and production involved in the Opening Weekend.  During the lead up and the weekend you will have the opportunity to promote and assist in the delivery of the presentation of work in the museum. 

When will you be needed?

If you are selected, you will meet on a regular basis with the other Young Associates between February and June for a total of 35 hours. See details below. All selected Young Associates must be able to attend ALL the sessions to take part in the project.
Meetings will be take place in Edinburgh and will be held in late afternoons/evenings or at weekends. All venues used for meetings are wheelchair accessible.


What will you get?

This is a paid opportunity. All participants will receive a fee of £300 for a total of approximately 35 hours of work and we will cover travel expenses.

You will also:

  • Gain useful skills in curating, marketing and delivering events
  • Be part of the small team managing the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival
  • Get a unique insight into the workings of the Festival
  • Add valuable experience for your CV

What next?

If that sounds interesting and you think you fit the bill, please send us a personal statement including the following:

  • Information about yourself
  • Any relevant experience
  • What you will bring to this post
  • Why you would like to get involved

Statements can be sent in different format:

  • Written (500 to 1000 words) – word or pdf
  • Audio (5 minutes) – upload to SoundCloud, YouTube or Vimeo
  • Video (5 minutes) – upload to YouTube or Vimeo

Please note that there will be no interviews and we will select the successful candidates on the information sent.

If you are interested and have any questions, you can contact or or phone us on 0131 225 8050.