Baboró International Arts Festival for Children springs into life today, Monday 5th October, launching two weeks of world-class creative, theatrical, musical and artistic events for children to share with families, friends and classmates.

Activities will animate the city of Galway and also be accessible to those further afield, with ground-breaking digital experiences which will dazzle with their ingenuity and have been created to offer meaningful interaction in the special times we find ourselves in.

The University of Wonder & Imagination is a brand new type of event that will be broadcast live into homes and schools from Cahoots NI’s purpose-built set in Belfast, with the mysterious Professor Bamberg sending off participants on a self-navigated quest, unlocking their magical powers as they go. Audio-led theatre experience Mountain Goat Mountain from Australian theatre company Threshold is an invitation to a magical place, a chance to explore tunnels, lava pits and underwater caves without ever leaving your home, as families co-create their own unique shared imaginative world. In A Piece of You, award-winning Scottish composer and cellist Greg Sinclair will be offering live, intimate, interactive concerts for families, creating and performing music inspired by the audience members’ own thoughts and feelings - a bespoke piece of music, all about you. That's just a small selection of the amazing, interactive online and digital events that are available to you and your child at this year's festival. To see more, head over to their website HERE.

There are also some in-person events that provide the perfect safe, socially distanced day out for the whole family. An exhibition from local artist Jojo Hynes, She Crashes In and Fizzles Out at Galway Arts Centre will explore the magic and mystery of water goddesses from across the world. Exhibiting also are young artists who have worked with Jojo during Cruinniú na nÓg Galway to create artworks inspired by their local myths. During Baboró, Jojo will also lead a live Local Legends Laboratory, working with young people to devise new myths from local stories and waterways. The Colour My Life: Brighten Your Day art activities from Toodlelou will be encouraging children to make art at home and then put it on display for their communities to enjoy, using colour and encouraging messages to brighten people’s days, both in parks around Galway and around the world though online channels, and wherever participants are in the world.


Coming to Ireland’s TV screens as part of the festival, Scéalta ó Baboró is a series of readings for young children by Irish authors including Patricia Forde, Máire Zepf, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin and Muireann Ní Chíobhán, which will be broadcast on TG4. The readings will be filmed at iconic spots around Galway in a collaboration between Baboró and TG4, bringing a sense of the festival into homes around the country. Scéalta ó Baboró will be broadcast the week of the 12th of October on Cúla4 Ar Scoil.

As you can see, there are loads of exciting events to get involved in at this year's Baboró festival. Will you be joining them?

Feature Photo by Lakshal Perera