THE 29th Edinburgh International Children’s Festival gets off to a frenetic start a week on Saturday with more than 100 pop-up performances across two days at the National Museum of Scotland.
The Festival, which runs from 26 May to 3 June, has revealed its Opening Weekend programme of free drop-in events, including live music, pop-up performances, storytelling and hands-on arts activities at the museum.
From Wandering Wizards and miniature puppet theatre to African dance and a show about counting jelly beans, the Opening Weekend programme is the ideal way for families to while away a day and discover hidden gems.
As part of the celebration of the Year of Young People, six Young Associates aged between 17-24 years have been involved in selecting the shows for the weekend.
“The Young Associates have been given free rein to curate a key strand of the weekend and they have done a brilliant job,” explains Festival Director Noel Jordan.
“Opportunities like this give young people the experience to nurture their passion for all the aspects related to theatre and performing arts and will be a stepping stone to fulfil their career objectives and dreams.”
The Opening Weekend launches the Festival, which brings some of the best children’s theatre, dance and puppetry to the Capital, and this year showcases 14 shows from 12 countries, including Scottish companies such as Catherine Wheels.
Families will also have the opportunity to see productions from as far as New Zealand and Canada, and for the first time, an exciting show from South Africa partly performed in the clicking language Xhosa.
For full programme and booking information, go to http://www.imaginate.org.uk/festival. Tickets can be booked online or at 0131 228 1404.