Baboró International Arts Festival for Children


Now in its 21st year, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children takes place in Galway this October 16 – 22. Ireland’s flagship festival for children and families will welcome artists from Denmark, Mexico, Argentina, USA, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, France, England and Norway who will join forces with artists from Ireland to offer an exciting programme to inspire and delight. Featuring theatre, dance, music, visual arts and literature, Baboró invites young and old alike to enjoy a host of creative experiences and performances with family and friends.  

Speaking at the launch of this year’s festival, Executive Artistic Director, Aislinn Ó hEocha said: “We’re delighted to share our 2017 programme with children, families and schools and we invite you all to join us for the 21st Baboró festival. As Galway starts its build-up to European Capital of Culture 2020, we’re excited to welcome artists from Ireland and all over the world to Galway this October. We’re very grateful for the support of our main funders The Arts Council, Galway City & County Councils and The American Ireland Fund. We’d also like to thank our many sponsors including KBC and Medtronic, and the Galway business community, for their generous support year on year.”

Amongst the international programme highlights are The Peter Pan Experience from Het Laagland in the Netherlands, a quirky, high-energy show about rediscovering the joys of play; Bounce from Arcosm in France, is a sensitive and funny dance show featuring live music with plenty of climbing, playing, dancing and singing and Wot? No Fish!! from England’s Danny Braverman tells the wonderful true story of Braverman’s Great Uncle Ab and Great Aunt Celie bringing up their family in 20th century London.

The literature programme will see master storytellers RTÉ’s Ryan Tubridy and illustrator PJ Lynch talk about their collaboration on Patrick and The President. Workshops for children include designing your own board game with one of the world’s leading game designers, Brenda Romero. There’s also an opportunity to explore the origins of wool and tweed, used in the manufacture of clothing, with The Tweed Project as well as workshops in animation, dance, art and writing.

Irish work is presented by some of Ireland’s leading companies who make work for young audiences including festival favourites Theatre Lovett’s They Called her Vivaldi, an upbeat comedy-adventure about a sensitive musical-prodigy making a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world and Fidget Feet’s Strange Feathers which mixes contemporary dance, aerial dance and live music in an engaging performance for the very young.

There’s also a chance for children and adults to get their creative juices flowing while spending quality time together in the Imagination Playground and there’s something for all the family with Catching Waves, a vibrant performance from some of the most talented young musicians and dancers in the West of Ireland with joyful music from Sym-Phonic Waves and dancers from Youth Ballet West. Sym-Phonic Waves is the west of Ireland’s brand new youth orchestra, an exciting orchestral project from Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, which will see the orchestra grow to a full symphony orchestra as part of Galway’s 2020 programme.

Baboró offers performances for families and schools and runs in various venues throughout Galway from October 16 – 22. For more see

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