Festival Favours

This summer, Edinburgh International Festival will gift 21 groups in the city their own piece of the Festival.

We're bringing artists and creativity to the communities of Edinburgh this summer. Thirty groups across Edinburgh will receive a celebration moment when an artist or creative visits them in person or connects with them digitally, bringing joy and creativity to the group’s participants and activities.

An outdoor rock concert for toddlers.

A drag performance for charity workers.

An African choir sing-along for people with dementia.

A drumming workshop for the women of Leith.

A superheroes day for young carers.

Through Festival Favours, we are reconnecting with and building new relationships with groups spread across the city, including charities, clubs and societies, as well as community centres, care homes and social spaces. We hope to support the recovery of our communities as we emerge from the pandemic, celebrating our Festival City citizens and reconnecting them with the arts.

Here are some highlights of our Festival Favours so far.

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What a fantastic couple of hours was had by all. The kids absolutely loved it and were raving about it on the way home on the bus.

Susan, Group Leader, Venchie Children and Young People’s Project

This project is underway, delivering Festival Favours to the following groups: 6VT Edinburgh City Youth Café; Balcarres Ward; Befriending Group; Blackford Ward, Royal Edinburgh Hospital; Dads Rock; Enable Scotland, Edinburgh branch; Forth Sector; Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre; Health All Round; Leith Women’s Institute; LifeCare Edinburgh; Lyra; Merchiston Ward, Royal Edinburgh Hospital; New Spin Intergenerational Café; Oxgangs Walking Group; Pitchcraft; Preston Street Primary School; SAMH Redhall Walled Garden; Sibling Young Carers Under 12s; Sibling Young Carers 15+; Spring Chickens; St Colomba’s Hospice; Stepping Stones; Forget Me Notes; The Ripple Project; Time for Change Group; Venchie Children & Young People’s Project; and Wester Hailes Youth Agency.

Check out our social media to see the latest updates!

If you’d like to hear more about this project, please get in touch: engage@eif.co.uk.