Blog: Seven other child-friendly festivals

4 January 2017


Buzzcut – Glasgow (5–9 April 2017)
Buzzcut is all about sharing: food, ideas and homes. The cutting edge performance art festival is based in Govan and features a busy, eclectic programme of experimental performances. Their new exciting strand of live art for children is being developed in partnership with Imaginate.

Puppet Animation Festival (25 March–17 April 2017)
The Puppet Animation Festival exists to bring quality theatre, film and animation to all audiences around Scotland. The programme has a range of diverse events for children between the ages of 0-12 including puppet making and animation workshops, puppet theatre and animated films, as well as events in Gaelic and performances for young people with complex needs.

Edinburgh International Science Festival (1–16 April 2017)
The Science Festival brings great minds together for a programme that encourages dialogues about the future of our culture and our planet. It features a great family programme of inspiring shows and workshops, where visitors of all ages can get hands-on with cutting-edge science through interactive events and workshops on everything from accessible technologies to spacecraft, dinosaurs and the inner workings of the human body and mind.

Edinburgh International Magic Festival (30 June–8 July 2017)
MagicFest is an arts festival that celebrates magic – sleight of hand magic that challenge your senses, grand illusionists that combine technology, trickery and timing to create beautiful moments of wonder. From world leading, and stylistically glittering performances from Korean magicians, to the multi-room Magic Fair at Summerhall, you’ll find a show that will rock your socks off. And you won’t even have to take off your shoes.

Merchant City Festival – Glasgow (August 2017)
The Merchant City Festival presents some of the best of Scottish and international art and entertainment with a programme of street arts, music, theatre, food & drink, visual art, film, comedy, dance, fashion & design, children & families activities and literature, while at the same time showcasing the unique cultural hub that is the Merchant City.  The nine day event is now the centrepiece of Glasgow’s summer calendar.

Woodend Barn MiniFest – Banchory (6–9 April 2017)
Mini Fest is a special week of performances, workshops and free activities, for children aged 6 months to 12 years, and their families. As well as ticketed performances and workshops, there are free drop-in activities running every day, either in the Barn or the Garden.

Scottish International Storytelling Festival (20–31 October 2017)
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is a 10 day celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity, bringing together a large number of Scottish and international storytellers and musicians. Inspired by the Scottish ceilidh tradition and its sense of togetherness, this is a community gathering full of tales, anecdotes, music, songs and ballads with a great family strand of storytelling activities.