There is a seriously cool children's art festival happening in Galway next month
Sounds like good fun.
If you are considering a road trip or weekend away this October, you might want to think about packing up the car and heading to Galway, as the Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is back in town.
The event, which is in its 24th year, is set to take place from Monday, October 5th to Sunday, October 18th.
Galway-based Baboró is Ireland’s flagship international arts festival devoted exclusively to young audiences, their families and schools, and this year is no different, with a choco-a-block programme filled with live performances, visual art installations and interactive digital experiences to children, their friends and families over an extended two-week period.
This year, festival highlights include live performances of Birdboy by United Fall, Paul Noonan’s The Electric Kazoo, The Dig by Paul Curley and Bewley’s Café Theatre’s Wilde Garden Adventures. A special emphasis has been placed on live performances for children with additional needs with two of the country’s most celebrated artists working in this area, Phillida Eves and Anna Newell.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, their shows have been adapted to safely meet this important audience in outdoor spaces.
As well as this, artists across Ireland and the world have innovated to create interactive online performances to be enjoyed wherever you are, be it at home or in school.
‘This year’s festival acknowledges the bravery of our incredible children who have journeyed with us through this bizarre time," explains Aislinn Ó hEocha, the festival’s Executive Artistic Director.
‘Together with our generous partners, supporters and artistic community, we have worked to create a programme that recognises how vital our young people are to our communities, how healing the arts can be and how creativity can help us all to make some sense of this world.
‘Baboró will be an opportunity for families to celebrate together, to find creative expression for the upheaval of the past few months and most importantly, to have fun!’
Baboró’s overall mission is to inspire children to engage with the world through their experience of the creative arts, and this year’s festival is supported by Medtronic, TG4, The Ombudsman for Children’s Office, and the businesses and venues of Galway City.
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children 2020 will take place from 5th-18th October.
For the full festival programme, details and to book tickets, head to www.baboro.ie