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Our work with Young People

Find out more about some of the projects we are working on for young people this year, including performance opportunities and workshops. 

Take part in #FiveTelegrams

Are you aged 16 - 26? Join the flashmob group that will perform some singing and basic movement as part of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams at the 2018 International Festival. Taking part in this EventScotland Year of Young People Signature Event, you'll be helping to bring the vision of artists Anna Meredith and Richard Slaney of 59 Productions to life.

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The End of Eddy | Photo: Hugo Glendinning

The End of Eddy

Higher / Advanced Higher Drama Workshop & Teachers CPD

To accompany this year's premiere production of The End of Eddy, the story of a young boy dealing with his emerging identity and sexuality in rural France, we are delighted to offer a very special in-schools workshop, accompanied by a comprehensive teaching resource and teacher's CPD, in partnership with the Unicorn Theatre's learning team

Bookings for The End of Eddy schools workshops are now full. If you would like further information about this project, or to sign up to our schools mailing list, please contact

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Opera Project

We are thrilled to confirm that this year, the International Festival's Opera Project is La Cenerentola, Rossini's effervescent telling of the Cinderella story.

This highly successful programme is delivered in two stages and is free of charge. Firstly, the International Festival's special opera cast visits schools to present a distilled version of La Cenerentola with live piano accompaniment, telling the story of this captivating opera in an engaging yet accessible way for those with understanding of opera, through to those completely unfamiliar with the artform.

Bookings for our La Cenerentola schools project are now full. If you would like further information about this project, or to sign up to our schools mailing list, please contact

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Kadamati will bring together over 300 young people from across Scotland to take part in a dance performance commissioned by 14:18 NOW: the UK arts programme for the First World War centenary. With choreography from world-renowned dancer Akram Khan, Kadamati draws on the themes of identity, migration, connection and hope, and will mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Recruitment for participants is complete, and our nine Dance Artists are now working with 18 groups of young people from across Scotland, from dance groups and theatre troupes to colleges and secondary schools, providing them with bespoke workshops in order for them to learn the choreography and themes of Kadamati.

Everyone will come together in August for a mass rehearsal before they take-over the Palace of Holyroodhouse at 6.15pm on Wednesday 22 August when they will performance as one cast in a grand gesture of unity. The performance will last 6 minutes, is free of charge, and makes up part of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit.

Herald Young Critics

2018 marks fifteen years of Herald Young Critics, our critical engagement programme that offers young people a different way to explore the arts. The initiative offers S5/S6 pupil, many of whom have had limited engaged with the International Festival before, the opportunity to see and review a piece of work at the International Festival during August, covering opera, music, theatre and dance.

This year we are working with the following schools on our Herald Young Critics programme: Boroughmuir High School, Broughton High School, Holy Rood RC High School, Leith Academy, Portobello High School, and Royal High School who will review a collective of performances including Akram Khan’s XENOS, Peter Brook’s The Prisoner, La Cenerentola and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Check back during August for this year’s reviews from our Young Critics.

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