Festival Radio Scotland enables young people to get involved with Edinburgh and Lothian festivals, community groups, charities and radio stations. The project ran across 2014/15 and was funded through the Young Start Big Lottery Fund.

Through introductory taster sessions, participants are given the opportunity to attend events and festivals where they were supported as radio reporters. The interviews and content gathered, produced as podcasts, is then sent for broadcast to our partnering radio stations in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Festival Radio Scotland aims to provide Young People from all walks of life with new experiences, helping them build confidence and communication skills, as well as helping them to develop key technical skills in radio production.

Prior to attending events, groups work with Media Education to learn proper interview technique, how to use professional recording equipment and how radio broadcasts are created and edited. This project is a continuation of the Festival Radio project, run by Media Education for many years.

A selection of highlights from 2015’s project can be found below. All of our broadcasts from each event can be found on our SoundCloud page.

Our Partner Stations:

Black Diamond FM
Radio Saltire
Crystal FM
Shore Radio
Regal Radio

We also run a Festival Radio project aimed at vulnerable adults in collaboration with Access to Industry, to find out more about this project, please get in touch.

Festival Radio Scotland is a collaborative project between Media Education and Voice For Change.



Imaginate Festival
The Imaginate Festival is Scotland’s international festival of performing arts for children and young people.

Every year the Festival presents the finest selection of shows from Scotland and across the world; each and every one adding their own wonderful character and zest to a programme of exciting and stimulating shows to suit children and adults of every age.

To learn more about Imaginate, visit their website.


TradFest Edinburgh
TradFest celebrates Scotland’s May festivals – Beltane and Mayday – which traditionally mark the beginning of summer, bringing energy and colour to the capital city as the greening of the year breaks out.

TradFest showcases a packed programme of folk arts – music, song, storytelling, dance, drama, crafts, film, seasonal customs, and environmental arts – and features a galaxy of local and international talent.

To learn more about TradFest, visit their website.


Edinburgh International Science Festival
Edinburgh’s annual Science Festival: the world’s first celebration of science and technology and still one of Europe’s largest.

The two-week festival gives audiences amazing experiences through a diverse programme of innovative events.

To learn more about the Science Festival, visit their website.


Bo’ness Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema
Scotland’s only festival dedicated to silent cinema, (Where Music & Movies Come Alive!) showcases classic films and forgotten gems as well as new commissions, and plays host to an international array of talented musicians.

To learn more about the Bo’ness HippFest, visit their website.