Baboró’s Back, Baby – The famous children’s festival returns

‘Cache-Cache’ from Belgium’s Théatre de la Guimbarde performing at the O’Donoghue Centre, NUI Galway as part of ‘Wide Eyes’, a European celebration of the performing arts for the very young. © Anita Murphy 2018

The Baboró ​​International Children’s Arts Festival is back in full force in October, with a special extended festival to mark the occasion.

Ireland’s flagship festival dedicated exclusively to children and families will run from October 14-23 for the 26th annual festival.

Taking place in theatres, galleries, schools and communities across the city and county of Galway, Baboró ​​returns to a full schedule of over 50 live events for an extended 10-day festival.

The international festival, which celebrates children, families and community through art in all its forms, will welcome companies from across Ireland and Europe, including Belgium, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Scotland and England.

Events for children of all ages will include a special collection of European works for early childhood children (0-6 years), residencies in specialist schools and child-led projects.

Children aged 8 and up are invited to join the surreal world of ‘Der Lauf’, where nothing is quite as it seems.

Two circus performers from Belgian company Le Cirque du Bout du Monde go head-to-head in a series of bizarre challenges as they juggle blindly, spin plates madly and stack glasses with boxing gloves.

As the glasses go up, so do the stakes. Children, as their only guide, help lead them to safety or further peril.

Ballet Ireland will present ‘The Glasshouse’, a dance performance for children aged 6 and over. It is the story of the young and serious Fiach, who is on a mission to repopulate the world with plants and make it green.

This fun and compelling performance, by exciting young choreographer Róisín Whelan, is about the courage of the human spirit, friendship and life’s determination to survive.

“The Glasshouse” is a feast for the eyes and the senses, with moments of suspense and joy, exhilarating dances, vibrant costumes and magical music to captivate children and families.

Branar, one of Ireland’s leading theater companies working for children, will present their new co-production with New International Encounter (UK/Norway) ‘Grand Soft Day’.

A charming and curious new show for children aged 3 to 6, “Grand Soft Day” celebrates the wonder of the world around us.

It’s a sight for all seasons – splashing in puddles, wind whipping your hair, frost crunching under your feet and rain dripping down your nose.

Theatre, dance, visual arts, literature and creative workshops will feature in the full program of the festival which will be announced when the ticket offices open at the beginning of September.


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