Festival 2019 Family Day: Call out for work


5pm on Tuesday 5 February 2019

Credit: Photos by Ruth Armstrong

The Family Day will take place on Saturday 25 May 2019, the museum is open to the public from 10am to 5pm.


5pm on Tuesday 5 February 2019


The fee is £240 per performer plus travel, and up to £50 for materials.


All performances will take place in and around the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF.  

How to apply

If you have an idea for new work that you are looking to share then we want to hear from you.  Please download, and fill in our simple application form and email it – with Family Day 2019 in the subject box – to applications@imaginate.org.uk by 5pm on Tuesday 5 February 2019.

This opportunity is open to all artists based in Scotland.


Download Edinburgh International Children's Festival Family Day Application Form 2019

We are delighted to announce that this year our Family Day (previously the Opening Weekend) will take place in the National Museum of Scotland.  In partnership with the Museum we are inviting proposals from artists who would like to try out a new idea for children and their families within the exhibition and gallery spaces throughout the building. 

The Family Day is an excellent opportunity to be part of the festival, to try out a new idea and receive audience feedback. In the past, we’ve seen a wide range of walkabout characters, pop-up performances, spaces to make things, live music and more, including:

  • Caped giants walking about the museum
  • An intimate cello performance for one audience member at a time
  • A roaving performance by the Eggy Ladies
  • A unicorn

Things for you to consider:

The museum is a noisy, vibrant space full of families and things to do, it has an average footfall of around 4.500 people per day.  Think about what would be interesting, fun, thought provoking or an unexpected artistic experience for them to come across.  Due to noise, dialogue-heavy performance pieces or performed readings aren’t suitable.  As the audience is often passing through, interactive and walk about or pop-up pieces work well.  Short performances that gather an audience can work if based on visual, sound and/or movement.

The Family Day is a free event so there will be a continual ebb and flow of visitors all day of various age ranges and interests.  The majority of the audience are likely to be age 2 – 8 years with a smaller number of babies and children age 8+ coming along with their families. There is limited get-in and get-out time. 

Merchant City Festival

Edinburgh International Children's Festival is collaborating with the Merchant City Festival, Glasgow (Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July) to offer a second opportunity for selected work to be presented as part of the MCF Family day on Friday 26th July.  Selected work would be presented in Merchant Square, a covered open-plan space surrounded by cafes and restaurants. It has similar challenges and opportunities in terms of sound, content , set up and audiences as the Children's Festival Family day in the Museum. You can indicate on the application form if you would like to be considered for the MCF Family Day as well as the Family day.

Further information

If you have a proposal that falls outwith these guidelines, please contact Fiona Ferguson, Creative Development Director.  If you have a question about technical support, venue spaces or your budget please contact our Assistant Producer Helen McIntosh.