What is Baboró

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is a not-for-profit and registered charity. We operate year round in the development of theatre for young audiences and the production of the Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.

Annual Festival

Based in Galway on Ireland’s West Coast, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is Ireland’s flagship international arts festival devoted exclusively to children and families.

Every October, we present performances and events across Galway city and county. An exciting festival programme of theatre, dance, puppetry, music, art and literature varies from year to year to bring a wide diversity of exposure to the creative arts especially created for young audiences, their schools and families.

Year-Round Work

Throughout the year Baboró engages in an exciting portfolio of complementary projects in preparation for the annual festival. These projects also include support programmes for artists developing work for young audiences and engagement with schools and educators to help them introduce art into to the classroom.


The name Baboró originates from a traditional Irish song called 'Im Bim Baboró'. Baboró was originally conceived and nurtured under the auspices of Galway Arts Festival which first presented a Baboró programme during its summer festival in Galway in 1994.

By 1996, to address the needs of children who may not usually be included in cultural events, it was decided to create a multi-arts festival independent of Galway Arts Festival, offering a fully formed creative arts programme to schools and families during the month of October in Galway and surrounding areas.