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Calling all Central Asia Creatives: Showcase Your Talents at Edinburgh's Top Festivals

Updated: Mar 16

Are you a creative from Central Asia looking to showcase your talents on an international stage? Look no further than Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city, which hosts some of the world's most prestigious festivals each year. From music and theatre to literature and art, there is something for everyone at these events.


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Whether you're a musician, dancer, writer, or visual artist, these festivals offer a unique platform to take your career to the next level. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to showcase your talent on the international stage!

Here are five Edinburgh festivals that you should consider applying for:


Edinburgh International Festival 2023


The Edinburgh International Festival is an annual celebration of the performing arts. It presents a diverse programme of theatre, dance, and music from around the world. The festival usually runs for three weeks in August and September. The 2023 International Festival will take place from 4 – 27 August.

The deadline for applications for the 2023 festival is February 1, 2023. To apply, visit the festival's website: https://www.eif.co.uk/.



The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023


The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world, with thousands of performers from across the globe taking part each year. It is an open-access festival, which means that anyone can participate. The festival usually runs for three weeks in August.


The Edinburgh Festival Fringe will take place from 4 – 28 August 2023.

The deadline for applications for the 2023 festival is May 26, 2023. To apply, visit the festival's website: www.edfringe.com



Edinburgh International Book Festival 2023


The Edinburgh International Book Festival is one of the world's largest and most dynamic book festivals. It brings together writers, poets, and thinkers from around the world to discuss their work and ideas. The festival usually runs for two weeks in August.


Next Edinburgh International Book Festival Festival:12–28 Aug 2023

The deadline for applications for the 2023 festival is March 31, 2023. To apply, visit the festival's website: www.edbookfest.co.uk



Edinburgh Art Festival 2023


The Edinburgh Art Festival is Scotland's largest annual celebration of visual art. It presents the work of established and emerging artists in galleries, museums, and public spaces throughout the city. The festival usually runs for three weeks in August.


The Edinburgh Art Festival 2023 will take place from 11 – 27 August. The deadline for applications for the 2023 festival is January 31, 2023. To apply, visit the festival's website: www.edinburghartfestival.com



Edinburgh International Children's Festival 2023


The Edinburgh International Children's Festival is an annual festival of theatre and dance for young audiences. It presents the best of international children's theatre and dance to Scottish audiences. The festival usually runs for five days in May.


The Edinburgh International Children's Festival will take place from 27 May - 4 June 2023.

The deadline for applications for the 2023 festival is January 31, 2023. To apply, visit the festival's website: www.imaginate.org.uk


If you are selected to participate in one of these festivals, you will have the opportunity to showcase your work to a global audience. You will also have the chance to network with other creatives, attend workshops and masterclasses, and be part of a vibrant and supportive community of artists.



So, what are you waiting for? Apply now and take your creativity to the next level on the world stage.


Good luck!




If you're a creative from Central Asia and you're interested in participating in Edinburgh's festivals, the Central Asia Creative Hub is here to help. We can assist with the application process and provide additional information to potential participants. We're committed to helping more talented artists from Central Asia showcase their work on the international stage. So don't hesitate to contact us for support and guidance on your festival journey. We look forward to hearing from you!





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Hi,
I'm Bibigul

As a graphic design and digital marketing professional with more than 15 years of experience, I have always been passionate about building a community of creatives that can collaborate and support each other. After moving to Edinburgh from Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, I was inspired to establish the Central Asia Creative Hub (CACH).

The idea for CACH was born out of my personal experience of moving to a new country and the challenges that came with it. 

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