Festival Family Encounters Commission 2024 - Open Call


22 October 2023

Credit: Photo by Ruth Armstrong

22 October 2023

How to apply

Please read the Family Encounters Commission guidelines for full details on how to apply.

There are two parts to our application: 

  • The first part is a short form that we ask you to fill in with some details about yourself and/or your company.  
  • The second part is a description of your performance idea. You may apply in BSL, film, in writing or with an audio recording.  
    You must complete both parts for your application to be considered.  

You can present your performance idea in written format (max. 2 sides of A4 using Word or PDF), or you can send us a film/BSL film (max 5 mins). Application forms can also be completed in BSL. 

Please send a completed application form and information about your performance idea to applications@imaginate.org.uk with Family Encounters 2024 in the subject. 

If you have any questions, please contact us on applications@imaginate.org.uk

The 2024 Edinburgh International Children's Festival will open with Family Encounters, a day of free pop-up performances for families in the National Museum of Scotland on Saturday 25 May 2024.

We are excited to announce three opportunities for new commissions of theatre and dance performances for children and families as part of the Family Encounters programme (see the 2023 programme here to get an idea of what to expect). These commissions are open for application from artists, companies and freelancers based in Scotland, to encourage the creation of new work for children aged between 0-11 years, and their families. We would like to support artists to experiment with new performance ideas suitable for busy public spaces. We are especially keen to work with underrepresented artists and performances that are inclusive for all our audiences.

The commissions are:

  • 1 x Imaginate and Glasgow Life Commission - this performance will go on to perform at Glasgow's Merchant City Festival
  • 2 x Creative Encounters Commissions - these performances will be co-created with children as part of our Creative Encounters project, and will also perform at the North Edinburgh Community Festival

For more information please read our guidelines and additional information documents:

Click to download the application guidelines

Click to download the additional information/FAQs document

Click to download the application form

Download the BSL version of the guidelines and application form below:

Click to Download the BSL application guidelines

Click to Download the BSL additional information/FAQs document

Click to Download the BSL application form


Venue information

Watch the below video to get a sense of the spaces in the National Museum of Scotland, the venue which hosts Family Encounters. 


Information sessions
We will be holding online information sessions on Tuesday 3 October 2023, 10.30 - 11.30am and Monday 9 October 2023, 4.30 - 5.30pm.

These sessions will be held on zoom and offer an opportunity to find out more information about the commissions and ask questions. Our information session will be captioned as standard. If you have any access requirements, please let us know at the time of booking. Click this link to book your place.