Baboró’s Back, Baby!

Festival Sneak Peek:
Surreal Circus, a Dance for Plants & New Work from Branar

Taking place across theatres, galleries, schools and communities in Galway City and County, our festival returns this year to a full programme of over 50 live events for an extended festival of 10 days.

Celebrating children, families and community through art in all of its forms, we will welcome companies from all over Ireland and Europe, including Belgium, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Scotland and England. Events for children of all ages will include a special collection of European work for early years children (0-6 yrs), residencies in special schools and child-led projects.

The 26th annual Baboró festival will take place from Friday 14th to Sunday 23rd October 2022. In the meantime enjoy a sneak peek at some of the surreal and playful performances coming this October.

Der Lauf | Ages 8+

Vélocimanes Associés - Le Cirque du Bout du Monde

Der Lauf Vélocimanes Associés-Le Cirque du Bout du Monde
Image by Natalia Ogłoszka

Welcome to the surreal world of Der Lauf, where nothing is quite as it seems. Two circus performers compete in a series of bizarre challenges as they juggle blindly, spin plates wildly and stack glasses wearing enormous boxing gloves. As the glasses rise, so do the stakes. Will you, their only guide, help lead them to safety or towards further peril?

Expect the unexpected in this series of absurd games played in an offbeat cabaret style that will enthral young and old alike.

The Glasshouse | Ages 6+

Ballet Ireland

The Glasshouse Ballet Ireland
Image by Anna Hally

Fiach is on a mission to keep his last plant alive as the city’s smoke and fumes engulf the surrounding greenery. As he gathers new friends, his mission becomes an expedition to repopulate the world with plants and turn it green.

The Glasshouse is a compelling new dance show by choreographer Róisín Whelan about the courage of the human spirit, the value of friendship and life’s determination to survive. An enthralling, sumptuous feast for the eyes and ears.

Grand Soft Day | Ages 3 - 6

Branar & New International Encounter

Grand Soft Day Branar
Image by Anita Murphy

Splashing in puddles, wind whipping your hair, crunching frost under your feet, and rain dripping on your nose, now that’s a grand soft day. A playful show about always being prepared, even though you do not know what the day will bring.

Grand Soft Day is a curious and charming new show that celebrates the wonder of the world around us. It is a predominantly non-verbal piece combining physical storytelling, live music and colourful wellies.

Box Office Opens Tuesday 6 September

'The excitement is building in Baboró HQ as we put the finishing touches to this year's festival programme. We just can't wait to welcome thousands of children, their teachers and families from across the city and county back to the festival. Baboró’s bumper programme has something for everyone, from tiny babies to older children as well as the young at heart. So, chalk down the dates and get ready for the excitement of a full festival again.’ - Aislinn O'hEocha, Executive Artistic Director, Baboró.

Theatre, dance, visual art, literature and creative workshops will feature in the full festival programme which will be announced when the box office opens 6 September.

How to Book Tickets

Sign up to Baboró’s newsletter for programme announcements and festival updates. Printed programmes will be sent to Galway schools at the end of August and our box office will open Tuesday 6 September.

Families & Public

From 6 September:

  • Book online here at
  • Book over the phone at 091 569 777
  • Book in person from the Town Hall Theatre, Galway


All schools and group bookings via the Online Booking Request form, available here from Monday 29 August

Contact Kirsty and Annie on or 091 532 985 for assistance with show selection, online booking, bus subsidies and any other queries.


Delegate pass and programme will be available on from the September 6.

Baboró's 26th Festival is funded and supported by

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is Ireland’s flagship festival devoted exclusively to children and families. This year’s festival is supported by Medtronic, TG4, The Ombudsman for Children's Office, and the businesses and venues of Galway City. Baboró is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and Galway City and County Councils. View all of our supporters here.