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Learning and Engagement

The International Festival reaches thousands of people through our year-round Learning and Engagement programmes.

We believe that creativity is for everyone! It inspires self-confidence and improves the way we communicate with one another - qualities that permeate all aspects of life, not just art. 

Our programmes empower people to express and challenge their opinions through art practice and critical thinking. 

If you would like to discuss opportunities to work with our Learning and Engagement team, please contact Caroline Donald, Head of Learning and Engagement, or Neil Fox, Project Officer, on +44(0)131 473 2076 or

Our grateful thanks go to the companies, individuals and trusts who share our passion to expand our creative learning across Edinburgh and the Lothians. They include James and Morag Anderson, Mike Shipley and Philip Rudge, Claire and Mark Urquhart, The Badenoch Trust, The Educational Institute of Scotland, The Robertson Trust, Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust, Baillie Gifford Investment Managers, The AEB Charitable Trust, Ernest Cook Trust, The Castansa Trust, Margaret Murdoch Charitable Trust, The Pirie Rankin Charitable Trust, and other donors who have chosen to remain anonymous.

To find out more about supporting our Learning and Engagement work, please contact Sadie McKinlay, Head of Development, on

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Our work with Children

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Our work with Young People

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Our work with Communities

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Our work with Talent Development


Between 2015 and 2017, we partnered with Castlebrae Community High School in a groundbreaking, three-year residency programme. 

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Edinburgh secondary school Leith Academy, which will commence from January 2019.

You can read more about both Castlebrae and our upcoming partnership below.

2017 Programme Launch at Castlebrae

Castlebrae Community High School Residency 2015-2017

Leith Academy

Leith Academy residency announced

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