For the 23rd time, it’s Baboró

Hugh Kelly, Director of Maoin Ceoil na Gaillimhe, Anna Lardi-Fogarty from Music for Galway, Aislinn Ó hEocha, Director of Babóro International Arts Festival for Children and Terry Cooke, percussionist and tutor pictured with pupils from Scoil Chroí Íosa, Newcastle, who are taking part in the 'Carnival of the Animals' education outreach programme developed by Hugh Kelly of 'Adventures in Music' and Maoin Ceoil na Gaillimhe in association with Baboró and Music for Galway. Photo: Anita Murphy 2019

Hugh Kelly, Director of Maoin Ceoil na Gaillimhe, Anna Lardi-Fogarty from Music for Galway, Aislinn Ó hEocha, Director of Babóro International Arts Festival for Children and Terry Cooke, percussionist and tutor pictured with pupils from Scoil Chroí Íosa, Newcastle, who are taking part in the 'Carnival of the Animals' education outreach programme developed by Hugh Kelly of 'Adventures in Music' and Maoin Ceoil na Gaillimhe in association with Baboró and Music for Galway. Photo: Anita Murphy 2019

The 23rd Baboró festival starts this Monday and will see children, families and schools enjoying events throughout the city and county until next Sunday 20 October.

This year audiences can look forward to world-class, enthralling and thought-provoking work for children ranging from tots to teens, created by extraordinary artists and entertainers from Ireland and across the globe. Events will take place right across Galway city and into the county and there are many free events including exhibitions and workshops as well as readings in libraries. Baboró is not just for the weekend.

As well as the schools programme, there are plenty of family events running during the week so why not see a show after school and then come back for more at the weekend.

Baboró organisers have reported very strong advance bookings for the festival and encourage audiences to explore the full programme and to enjoy all that’s on offer.

Some highlights include Baba Yaga, an irresistible show all the way from Australia that is guaranteed to leave audiences grinning from ear to ear, a new dance show from CoisCéim Francis Footwork, Galway’s Branar with a new music show for families Rockin’ Rhymes and Music for Galway and Baboró’s co-production of Carnival of the Animals.

This year Baboró is delighted to present two shows for older children and teenagers; Removed (ages 13+ ) and My Friend Selma (ages 8-13 ). Galway artist Jennifer Cunningham will present an exhibition exploring how a child’s imagination is a place of freedom in Between Worlds at Galway Arts Centre and in the O’Donoghue Centre at NUI Galway, Come Rain, Come Shine will celebrate the work of two illustrator-authors, Tatyana Feeney and Mary Murphy.

What is sure to delight young and old alike is Cathal McCarthy’s Rainbow in box, which will be located at the Spanish Arch. Visitors can feel and touch the colours of the sky in this interactive art installation.

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children starts this Monday and will run until 20 October. Bookings via www.baboro.ie, by phone 091 569 777 or in person from the Town Hall Theatre box office.

Baboró would like to acknowledge the continued support of its principal funding agencies the Arts Council and Galway City and County Councils, and the support of its Premier Sponsor, Medtronic and Major Sponsor TG4.

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