We see a world where children are respected, heard and free to express themselves.

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Our purpose is to inspire children to engage with the world through their experience of the creative arts. To create spaces where children can deepen their understanding of themselves, the perspectives of others and the world around them.

We believe this understanding will transform their lives and our communities.

It is of critical importance that, during the formative years of childhood, everybody be given not only the exposure to a diversity of art forms, but also as many chances as possible to explore first-hand various ways of searching for and expressing meaning.

What we do

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

A space for children to enjoy time together with their schools and families, as they explore all that the festival has to offer.

A moment in the year where children are put first as the doors of Galway’s theatres, galleries and public spaces are thrown open for their exploration and play.

Extraordinary creative experiences from across the country and the world are brought to curious young minds every October.

Artist Development and Mentoring

Artists create the space for new experiences, expansion of understanding and play. We provide development opportunities and offer the support of our network and community as these artists bring their new work to life.


We believe that each child is a full human being at every age and that it is their right to experience art and culture in all its forms.

One of the cornerstones of Baboró’s foundation is the right of each child to enjoy arts and culture, as stated in Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which was ratified by Ireland without reservation in 1992. It reads, ‘The child has the right to rest and to engage in leisure, play and recreational activities and to participate in cultural and artistic activities.’ Hence, at the heart of Baboró’s ambitions is access to the arts for all children, regardless of geographic, economic, physical, intellectual or cultural status.

Playful Expression

Play for the fun of it - be mischievous, be chaotic and be yourself! We believe it is free expression that reveals who we are to ourselves and to each other.

Shared Experiences

We embrace the diversity of people, cultures, perspectives and emotions that makes each of us unique. We celebrate community and connection through our experience of the arts.


We encourage curiosity, being bold and seeking out new experiences and opportunities. We continue to learn and grow, sharing that learning with our community.