BAFTA winning game designer Brenda Romero to lead Baboró Game Design Workshop for girls and boys

A day of game design workshops for girls and boys aged 10-12 years will take place on Saturday the 29th of June at the Connacht Hotel, Galway. Hosted by Baboró International Arts Festival for Children and facilitated by Romero Games, 100 aspiring young game designers will work together in teams to develop their own game concept and characters. Two workshops will be held throughout the day with one dedicated exclusively to girls.

The workshops will be led by Brenda Romero and delivered by her team from the award-winning Romero Games, who have been based in Galway since founders Brenda and John Romero relocated from Silicon Valley in California in 2015.

“We are passionate about our craft and believe in fostering a fun and vibrant environment where creativity can thrive”, said Brenda Romero, CEO of Romero Games. “I was 11 when I started in game design and it is very important to me to be able to share my excitement around tech with children and to encourage game design as a career. In particular, I am driven to inspire confidence in young girls to pursue their curiosity and ambition in this creative profession.”
Baboro Brenda Romero

During the workshop, attendees will learn about the four pillars of games development: design, art, code and audio. Working in teams, they will be guided by Brenda and the artistic and technical leads from Romero Games before presenting their work as a group. Brenda Romero will explore what makes a game a game, and give attendees the building blocks to develop a game of their own. Art Director, Denman Rooke, will demonstrate character and environmental drawing and work with participants to develop their own characters. Chief Technical Officer, John Romero, and Technical Director, Keith O’Conor, will focus on code and audio in a live demonstration.

“We are excited to collaborate with Brenda and her team on this series of workshops,” said Aislinn O’hEocha, Executive Artistic Director of Baboró. “Our collaboration with Romero Games gives us another opportunity throughout the year to inspire and engage children through high quality and fun creative experiences.”

Now in its 23rd year, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children will run from October 14th – 20th. All the money raised from this fundraising workshop will go towards supporting Baboró’s access programme, which offers subsidies and supports to ensure access to the arts for all children, regardless of geographic, economic, physical, intellectual or cultural status.
Baboro Brenda Romero

Booking & Details
Baboró presents a Children’s Game Design Workshop.
Hosted by Baboró International Arts Festival for Children and delivered by Romero Games.

Date: Saturday the 29th June.
Time: Workshop Group #1 (Girls only): 8.30am to 1.30pm // Workshop Group #2 (Girls & Boys): 2.30pm to 7.30pm
Age suitability: 10-12 year olds.
Venue: The Connacht Hotel, Old Dublin Road, Galway.
Cost: €20, includes light refreshments.

Booking: Visit or contact the Town Hall Theatre on (091) 569 777.
Early booking is advised as limited places are available. Please note: This workshop is for children only. Parent/guardian must accompany attendee to the registration desk and collect at the end of the session. Children must bring a packed lunch.