Family Encounters Programme 2024 – Call Out


Sunday 21 January

Performers from Roarie Bumlers perform in front of an audience
Credit: c. Ruth Armstrong

Sunday 21 January

How to apply

Please read the full guidelines, then download and complete the application form. Please don’t send any CVs or any other additional documents. Send your application to with Family Encounters Programme 2024 in the subject by Sunday 21 January 2024.

The 2024 Children's Festival will once again open with Family Encounters, a day of family events in the National Museum of Scotland on Saturday 25 May 2024. We are inviting proposals from artists based in Scotland who would like to present a pre-existing piece of theatre or dance for children and their families within the building.  

Download the Guidelines (including links to audio files and BSL interpretation)

Family Encounters is an excellent opportunity to be part of the Children’s Festival. In the past, we’ve seen a wide range of performances take place throughout the day including: 

  • walkabout characters
  • pop-up performances
  • one-to-one performances
  • durational performances 
  • interactive installations 

Selected companies and artists will receive:

  • A fee of £357 per person. This should cover a day of prep and rehearsals and a day of performance at the Family Encounters Day plus travel expenses (out with Edinburgh unless agreed in advance because of access or traveling with set/materials) 
  • Up to £75 for materials per project, if more is needed this can be agreed in advance with the producing team.
  • Production consultation and support, including dedicated meetings to cover risk assessments and technical requirements
  • Support and a separate budget to cover any costs associated with your access needs (we use access riders for all creatives involved in our projects)
  • Technical support on Saturday 25 May
  • Professional photographs taken at Family Encounters for use in your own marketing and future promotion. 

If you would like to ask questions about this opportunity, or to talk through any element you are unsure about, please contact us through  We can arrange to talk with you by email, phone or zoom and have an access budget to support these pre-application meetings so let us know what you need.

** We also have another Family Encounters and APA call-out. Find out more here **