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Open Call: Baboró Children's Panel 2022

Deadline 29 July 2022

Children's Panel behind the scenes of Birdboy during Baboró 2021

Help us put children's voices at the heart of Baboró!

Baboró is looking for children who will be starting 4th class in September 2022 to join our Children’s Panel to ensure their voices are included in our planning and decision making.

Update: Applications are now closed. Thank you!

What does the Baboró Children’s Panel do?

The Children's Panel will play an important role in shaping Baboró's work to make all children feel welcome, heard and represented at Baboró and in our community. The children will be guided through their experience of the festival and creative workshops throughout the year by Baboró artist in residence, Maisie Lee. Their perspectives and voice will inform how we present our annual festival and our year round work with schools and communities.

Members of the Children's Panel will attend our festival in October where they will:

  • watch performances and visit exhibitions together
  • meet artists and performers and learn about their creative process
  • meet the people who create the festival and share their ideas with them
  • workshop and express their opinions and perspectives of their festival experience

Members will also meet once a month to:

  • Take part in workshops and arts activities
  • Attend creative events
  • Meet new friends and have fun!

Meetings will take place every month from September to June (excluding December).

Children's Advisory Panel 2021

Participation in Children’s Panel

The programme takes place on Saturdays from September 2022 until June 2023, with special events and behind-the-scenes festival experiences during Baboró 2022 (14-23 October).

Participants should:

  • be starting 4th class in September 2022
  • be available to attend the festival from the 14 - 23 October (exact days to be confirmed)
  • available to attend monthly Saturday events from September 2022 to June 2023 (2pm once a month mixed between in person and online)
  • be based in Galway City or County

Participation is free but spaces are limited.

How to sign up

Update: The deadline to submit the application form has been extended until Friday 29 July.

Applications should be filled out by a parent or guardian with the child present. We will ask for basic contact details that should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. The most important part of the application is a creative response from the child to the prompt "Show us something creative that you have seen or done that you found exciting."

The response can be a drawing, painting, short piece of writing or even a video. The child's artwork should be uploaded by an adult.

An application form should be filled out for each child applying.

If you have any questions about applying or taking part in the Children’s Panel, please feel free to email our Outreach Projects Manager, Bryony Hussey, at outreach@baboro.ie.

We're here to help

In line with Baboró’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, we actively seek voices that represent the Ireland we live in today. It is important to Baboró that this process is easy and accessible for all children and their families. If you are unable to access the form or would like to arrange a printed copy of the application, please contact Bryony on outreach@baboro.ie.

If you are able to submit the form but have trouble uploading a file, photos or videos of children's artwork may be emailed separately to outreach@baboro.ie.

Baboró are committed to a child-centred approach to our work with children and young people. We undertake to provide a safe environment and experience, where the welfare of the child/young person is paramount.

Read Baboró's Child Protection Policy & Child Safeguarding Statement here

Baboró is Ireland’s flagship international arts festival devoted exclusively to children and families. In 2021, we celebrated 25 years presenting a multidisciplinary arts festival to thousands of children in Ireland from our Galway base. This year’s festival will take place from October 14 - 23, 2022.

Baboró is a not-for-profit dedicated to delivering a diverse creative programme from Ireland and around the world at its annual festival. Throughout the year Baboró delivers an exciting portfolio of projects that support artists and educators in their endeavours to inspire children to engage with the world through their experience of the creative arts.

Baboró is funded by the Arts Council, locally by Galway City and County Council, and a variety of other national funds alongside corporate sponsorship and donations. Baboró is in partnership with domestic and European organisations and agencies in the development of the creative arts for children. Baboró also undertakes several arts in education projects to deepen our engagement with school communities throughout Galway city and county.