Mission & Vision

"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."

Michael D. Higgins,
Uachtarán Na hÉireann / President of Ireland
Patron of Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

One of the cornerstone’s 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.

Mission Statement

Baboró’s mission is to inspire children to engage with the world through their experience of the creative arts.

Vision

All children in Ireland should enjoy equal access to quality cultural and creative arts experiences.

Values

Our commitment to children is paramount at Baboró.

We believe that every child should have access to excellent arts and cultural experiences both as audience and participants.

We value quality in the work we present and in the way we present it to ensure each child’s experience is inspiring and deeply engaging.

We respect children and their differing needs and wants and endeavour to provide enriching cultural experiences for all children.

Purpose

At Baboró we believe that children are full human beings at every age, and that it is their right to experience art and culture in all its forms – here and now.

The main objects for which the Company is established are:

  1. To recognise children and young people as individuals in their own right and to encourage their access to, and participation in, the creative arts.
  2. To be an advocate for children and young people’s right to participate in cultural and creative activities and to celebrate and articulate the transformative power of the creative arts.
  3. To promote the study, appreciation and understanding of all forms of the creative arts throughout Ireland and to provide guidance and expertise to educators, enabling them to develop frameworks for engaging with the creative arts.
  4. To organise, control and manage an arts festival for children, young people and families, to be held annually in Galway and to do all works which are incidental to organising and managing that arts festival.