Imaginate: Festival Family Encounters Commission 2024

Closing date: Sun 22 Oct 2023: 11pm

Three opportunities for new commissions of theatre/dance performances for children and families as part of the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival Family Encounters programme.

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 Sat 25 May 2024.

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. They would like to support artists to experiment with new performance ideas suitable for busy public spaces. They 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 the Creative Encounters project, and will also perform at the North Edinburgh Community Festival

Please send a completed application form and information about your performance idea to with Family Encounters 2024 in the subject line by 22 October 2023.

Full application guidelines are on the Imaginate website:

Additional budgets are available if there are any access requirements for the application process or the project itself. If there are barriers to you applying, or you would like to discuss your access needs prior to applying, please email them at They can provide the cost of a support worker if that would help you in submitting an application.

For further information, please contact, call 0131 225 8050 or visit

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Closing date: Sun 22 Oct 2023: 11pm