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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

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Our work with Children & Families

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Our work with Young People

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Learning and Engagement Resources

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Our work with Communities

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Our work with Creative Development

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Leith Academy School Residency

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Castlebrae Community High School Residency 2015-2017

Our grateful thanks go to the companies, individuals and trusts who share our passion for expanding our Learning and Engagement programme across Edinburgh and the Lothians. They include James and Morag Anderson, Mike Shipley and Philip Rudge, Claire and Mark Urquhart, The Badenoch Trust, The Castansa Trust, The Educational Institute of Scotland, Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust, The Pirie Rankin Charitable Trust, The Stevenston Charitable Trust, The Turtleton Charitable Trust, Aberdeen Standard Investments, 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