Let’s Go, Baboró! The arts festival for children kicks off…
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Let’s Go, Baboró! The arts festival for children kicks off…

The 27th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children officially kicked off with the launch at Galway Arts Centre of the Baboró free art trail and the creative exhibition of work ‘I See You Like This’, featuring the talents of Jessica Wilson and Galway's very own young artists.

Asking questions through art is a creative and different way of us seeing each other. Have you ever wondered how your child sees you? Well, the answer might lie within the ‘I See You Like This’ exhibition. With our ever-growing appetite to document our lives through photos and selfies, children are often the reluctant subjects of adults’ cameras - asked to smile, look natural and come in closer. In I See You Like This, Australian artist Jessica Wilson, flips the camera around giving the children control while their significant adults become their subjects.

Throughout the festival, families and children will have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of performances, from theatre and dance to music and visual arts, all thoughtfully curated to engage, entertain, and educate. Baboró 2023 invites everyone to embark on an adventure into the world of creativity, where there are no boundaries to imagination.

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Some of the highlights which still have tickets available to book:
'The Shape of Quiet Feelings' is brought to the festival by artist Maisie Lee who embarked on a creative journey with children from Galway, inviting them to creatively express their feelings about climate change. The outcome is 'The Shape of Quiet Feelings’, which is a captivating and immersive experience that transforms children's ideas and dreams into myth-like stories and creatures. Through an atmospheric and sensory world, this immersive experience invites children aged 8 and above, along with their families, to explore the imaginative landscapes and stories born from the minds of Galway's youth.

The Shape of Quiet Feelings opens on Saturday 14 and runs until Sunday 22 October at Blue Teapot Theatre on Munster Avenue in Galway's Westend. The Duration is 20 min + 20 min workshop. Find out more here.

From Australia, Slingsby will perform 'The Boy Who Talked to Dogs' for anyone aged 12+. This rough-and-tumble tale fuses shadow puppetry, live music, and stunning physical performance to bring this epic true story to the stage. Based on the best-selling memoir by Martin McKenna, and beautifully adapted by playwright Amy Conroy, 'The Boy Who Talked to Dogs' is a magical and mischievous tale of hardship, transformation, redemption, and what happens when the underdog finds his pack. Performing in Black Box Theatre, there are still tickets remaining for the shows on Saturday October 21st but all other times are sold out, so book your seats quickly.

Following on from its debut at Dublin Fringe Festival and award wins for Best Performer and Best Set & Costume Design at the Dublin Fringe Festival Awards, 'The Crow’s Way' from Moonfish Theatre is a thrilling and unpredictable tale of friendship and self-discovery. Suitable for children 8+ years and anyone who loves adventure, this story is brought to life with Moonfish’s signature brand of theatre magic. A co-commission with Baboró in partnership with the Town Hall Theatre. Book your tickets for this weekend now.

Enjoy free events such as 'There Are Little Worlds' at Engage Art Studio in Salthill and Storytime at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop. 'There Are Little Worlds' exhibition explores moments of curiosity and joy through detailed miniature paperworks. Artist Paula Henihan has constructed illustrative scenes made from brightly painted paper cut outs that are positioned carefully in layers within tiny boxes. Paula’s work contains scenes that capture pleasant moments, brave moments, quiet and calm moments. You are invited to peer into these little worlds of wonder. Come with a curious eye and you may find some hidden details.

The full programme, workshops, adult events and tickets are now online at www.baboro.ie. Follow Baboró on social media or sign up to their newsletter on www.baboro.ie for the latest programme and box office announcements.

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is Ireland’s flagship festival devoted exclusively to children and families and a registered charity. Baboró is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and Galway City and County Councils. This year’s festival is supported by our Irish Language Partner, Cúla4; Literature Partner, Charlie Byrnes and Sustainable Print Partner, iSupply. Baboró is also supported by the businesses and venues of Galway City.

All Photos by Andrew Downes Xposure

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