NUI Galway

Baboró is delighted to have worked with NUI Galway in a collaborative way since the very beginning, back in 1996

Since 1996 Baboró has programmed festival events on NUI Galway campus and hosted several NUI Galway student placements. Baboró accommodates groups of NUI Galway students as part of the festival performance and creative engagement programmes. Baboró has been the subject of many NUIG students’ papers and dissertations over the years.

Baboró is currently connected with the following NUI Galway courses:

  • BA in Drama and Theatre Studies - Theatre for Young Audiences Module 
  • BA Connect - The Value of Arts and Aesthetics in the Early Life of Children Module 
  • BA with Children’s Studies - Children and the Creative Arts module 

Our first formal education relationship was with BA Connect Programme via Dr Lindsey Myers. The Baboró Executive presented the festival to the students who then took part in the festival. As a result, NUI Galway staff trained in the Lincoln Centre Methodology and it is now incorporated into this course.

In 2013 Baboró developed a module – The Value of Arts and Aesthetics in the Early Life of Childrenin conjunction with Dr Cormac Forkan, Programme Director for the BA Youth and Family Studies at UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway. The module offers different means of exploring the extrinsic and intrinsic importance of arts in a child’s early years. It encourages a critical examination of the role arts and aesthetics play in providing children with safe, creative environments in which they learn to make sense of the world around them. It explores the ways in which arts facilitators work with children, the policies needed to support them in that work as well as the value of arts project documentation and evaluation. The students attend Baboró Festival events and take part in post event reflections and de-construction.

BEAST! - Baboró: Environment, Arts Science and Technology, a three year study begun in 2012, in conjunction with the Ryan Institute and the Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway. Please see more information here. In April 2016 Aislinn O’hEocha, Executive Artistic Director with Baboró and Dr Lisa Moran, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway presented a summary of the BEAST! findings as part of the Arts in Education Portal National Day Programme 2016.

Baboró Festival Volunteer Programme relies heavily on the generosity of volunteers to assist in preparation of the festival in the administration office as well as on site in venues during the festival. Baboró attracts approximately 30 volunteers, many of whom are NUI Galway students recruited through the ALIVE NUI Galway Volunteering Fair. Baboró volunteers are enriched by their experience — for some it’s an opportunity to work in an office environment and see how a festival operates behind-the-scenes, while for others, it’s a chance to work as part of a festival team and help bring the festival to life. For more information, please visit our Volunteer page.