Learning and Engagement

The International Festival connects annually with 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.

Working across four key pillars of activity – children, young people, communities and talent development – the International Festival aims to reach as many people as possible of all ages both locally and internationally, and is committed to ensuring the annual global celebration of culture is accessed by all through a year-round bespoke programme of projects and opportunities. These range from Primary School classical music initiatives to our residency partnership with Leith Academy, from cultural gatherings in communities to professional development opportunities for the artistic sector.

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 Manager, on +44(0)131 473 2076 or engage@eif.co.uk.

The Festival creates moments of magic throughout the year for different communities, generations and cultures to connect, share and be inspired. We believe that by creating new experiences and new encounters – whether in a concert hall, a community centre, or online - we can help everyone to discover more about what we share as humans, celebrate the qualities that make us different and tackle the challenges we all face as a global community together.

Learning & Engagement Partner

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Our grateful thanks go to the companies, individuals and trusts who share our passion for expanding our Learning and Engagement programme across Edinburgh and beyond. They include James and Morag Anderson, Jerry Ozaniec, Mike Shipley and Philip Rudge, Claire and Mark Urquhart, The Castansa Trust, Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust, The Pirie Rankin Charitable Trust, The Stevenston Charitable Trust, The Turtleton Charitable Trust, The University of Edinburgh, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Badenoch & Co., Baillie Gifford Investment Managers and those who wish to remain anonymous.

To find out more about supporting our Learning and Engagement work, please contact Katherine Shaw, Trusts & Foundations Manager on katherine.shaw@eif.co.uk.