Performing at the Festival


Interested in performing at Edinburgh International Children’s Festival?

We are one of the largest and most successful performing arts festivals for children and young people in the UK.  The Festival attracts between 250-300 delegates every year from all across the globe; we are a fixed point in the calendar for many, a benchmark for quality and a way to network with colleagues.

Edinburgh International Children’s Festival is a curated festival, and there is no official application process; shows are selected and invited once they have been seen by the Festival Director. Our preferred method of sourcing work is to always see them live in the first instance. We acknowledge that this is not always possible due to time and cost constraints. 

We attend a wide variety of festivals annually.  You can normally find us at some of the following: IPAY, Panoptikum, Krokus, Tweetakt, Danish Children’s Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Baboro, Take Off, Spark, Szene Bunte Wahne, Ricca Ricca Festa and the Assitej World Congress and annual Artistic Gatherings.

If you are interested in pitching a production for Festival programming. Please keep these things in mind:
1. The programme is currently curated about 18 – 24 months in advance.
2. We are a Festival for children and young people and concentrate on programming works for 0-14 years. We do not tend to programme works made for adults that may have appeal for young audiences.
3. Email Festival Director Noel Jordan with details of your work and links to any online information about your production and your company.
4. If you are sending video material please send a trailer of the work no longer than 5 minutes in length.
5. If the video is of interest we will contact you. 
6. It is not always possible or appropriate to give feedback on selection decisions.
7. Make sure you provide plenty of notice to attend live performances as our calendar fills up several months in advance.

“(Imaginate) is a really useful festival to attend from a professional point of view.  Focused and well-curated it always offers something unexpected and memorable. The work is accessible and suitable for presentation to audiences”
Festival Delegate 2013

“The Imaginate Festival has become an absolute must in the annual schedule of many venues that programme work for young audiences; being included in this (and the show being commissioned by Imaginate) has given the work a benchmark of excellence and quality and led to invaluable opportunities for the company in terms of touring and also developing networks nationally and internationally, such as the Fresh Tracks Europe network.”
Catalyst Dance Management

“Imaginate provides very unique platform for Scottish artists to showcase work, meet and build relationships with national & international promoters.”
Catherine Wheels Theatre Company



The Festival Opening Weekend

Every year we open the festival with a weekend of pop-up performances, storytelling and art activities. This is an excellent opportunity for artists based in Scotland to try out ideas on our family audience, and an ever-changing flow of people throughout the day of various ages and interests.

The opening weekend usually takes place in The National Museum of Scotland. The space ideally suits walk about performances, dance or non-verbal performance, installations and pop up interventions. It is not suitable for dialogue-heavy performance pieces or performed readings.

If you are interested in performing at the opening weekend, please contact Fiona Ferguson, Creative Development Director