Galway 2020


We at Baboró are delighted to present our Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture project, RISE.

RISE is a series of projects that place the voice of the child at the heart of the performance and encourages international artist collaboration. Originally a year-long collaboration between performance artists and children, culminating in live performances at Baboró’s October 2020 festival, RISE has since taken on a deeper meaning.

What was once an exciting opportunity for children to participate in the arts has now become an essential outlet for expression and play during a global pandemic. And after years of planning and 12 months of adapting, RISE has emerged!

Teams of adult and child artists are now remotely co-creating and participating in projects from their homes in Galway, across Europe and as far away as Melbourne, Australia. We are grateful to all of the artists for their commitment and enthusiasm.

We look forward to sharing the story and performances of RISE in the weeks and months ahead.

St. Pats Lockdown Olympics


'St. Pats Lockdown Olympics’ is a co-creation project between the students and teachers from two classes in St. Patrick’s National School and artists James Riordan of Brú Theatre and Darren O’Donnell, Artistic and Founding Director of Mammalian Diving Reflex. Together, they will create and compete in a zany olympic competition between classes.

From their homes in Galway and Melbourne, James and Darren will create a whacky series of four weekly videos, accompanied by props delivered to the students’ homes, to guide them through the creation of their own spectacularly zany sports. Each week students will earn points for the weirdness, creativity and ‘sportiness’ of their sport. At the end of the 4 weeks the class with most points will win the ‘St Pats Lockdown Olympics’.

The first week will begin on Monday the 22nd of February and continue through to the end of March when winners will be announced!

Partners: St. Pats Primary School

Artists: Darren O’Donnell, James Riordan

The Streets Are Ours


'The Streets Are Ours' is a collaborative project to create a promenade performance by Galway children combining parkour, contemporary dance and circus skills. Baboró will work with Arch 8 (The Netherlands), Galway Community Circus and Galway Dance Project to create and deliver this project.

The artists and children will develop the project online from their homes in Galway and The Netherlands throughout March 2021. Together they will build an improvisational dance performance that will be recorded in a socially distanced manner to be shared with the public as soon as safely possible.

The collaboration will begin at the start of March and continue through to the end of the month when all their hard work will be captured!

Partners: Arch8, Galway Community Circus, Galway Dance Project.

Artists: Fionnuala Doyle-Wade, Paulien Truijen, Erik Kaiel (Arch8), Isabela Mello (Galway Community Circus)

The Veiled Ones


‘The Veiled Ones’ is a new dance theatre production created by renowned Irish company Junk Ensemble. Specifically created for young audiences, this immersive show will explore themes of loss and preconceived ideas of beauty and highlight the powerful relationship between grandparents and grandchildren.

'The Veiled Ones' has been co-commissioned for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture by the TRACKS Network, a co-commissioning network of festivals comprising of Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Cork Midsummer Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival.

'The Veiled Ones' is currently in development and will be performed at Cork Midsummer Festival, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children and Dublin Fringe Festival.

Partners: TRACKS Network – Dublin Fringe Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children


Co-Choreographers and Co-Directors: Megan Kennedy and Jessica Kennedy (Junk Ensemble).

Creatives: SJ Shiels - Lighting Designer, Valerie Reid - Set Designer, Deirdre Dwyer - Costume Design, Jo Timmins - Dramaturg and Die Hexin - Composer.

Performers/Dancers: Kévin Coquelard, Finola Cronin, Miguel do Vale and Deirdre Griffin.

Musician: Lioba Petrie (Cello)

In Conversation with Junk Ensemble & kabinet k


In lieu of a planned professional masterclass in Galway by renowned Belgian dance company, kabinet k, Baboró will host an informal conversation between kabinet k and Irish dance company Junk Ensemble, creators of ‘The Veiled Ones’. The Co-Artistic Directors of both companies will chat about what inspires them to make work with and for children, the challenges and opportunities of creating dance in a global pandemic, and their plans for the future.

Date: Friday, April 23
Time: 13.00 IST (Dublin Time)
Duration: 90 minutes
Price: Free

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RISE is funded by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.


Galway 2020