Baboró Programme for Grown-Ups

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children has designed a programme especially for adults to run during this year’s festival from October 15-21.

Full programme for grown-ups here.

Are you a parent who would like to develop ideas to help you and your children experience the joy of creating art together at home?

Are you a teacher who would like to explore ways of connecting theatre back into the classroom or would you like to learn some tricks of the trade on how to foster an environment of imagination in the classroom?

Or are you an arts practitioner who who would like to learn more about making work for children?

Workshops include ‘Creativity in the Classroom’ with Lindsay Deely; Creative learning through theatre; a dance masterclass with David Bolger, artistic director of CoisCéim Dance Theatre; making creative connections at home for parents and everything you need to know about writing a picture book in association with Children’s Books Ireland. Full details below.


Making Creative Connections at Home, Lindsay Deely

  • Tues 16 October, 7pm, The Wonder Works
  • Ideas to help you and your children experience the joy of exploring their curiosity and creating art together


Playing The Energies, Yvette Hardie

  • Mon 15 October, 2pm, Mick Lally Theatre
  • Develop your capacity to communicate fully, freely, and expressively in theatre, using Lessac techniques

Orbiting The Body, Erik Kaiel

  • Tues 16 October, 2pm, Black Box Theatre
  • A hands-on workshop to help artists from all disciplines deepen their creative practice in making work for young audiences

Dance Masterclass, David Bolger & members of CoisCéim Dance Theatre

  • Wed 17 October, 4pm, Town Hall Theatre Studio
  • David Bolger, Artistic Director of CoisCéim Dance Theatre will lead a dance Master class

GROW Pathways to Production Showcase

  • Tues 16 October, 4pm, Mick Lally Theatre
  • This showcase event will celebrate the end of Baboró's inaugural Pathways to Production 2017/2018 artist support programme. Theatre companies Bombinate Theatre and A Little Door will share short presentations about their works-in-development with an adult audience. The event is also an opportunity to reflect on the programme and welcome the new participants to Pathways to Production 2018/2019.


Creative Learning, Yvette Hardie

  • Tues 16 October, 7pm, Mick Lally Theatre
  • Explore, through a playful and engaging process, mechanisms for connecting theatre experiences back into the classroom and creative learning opportunities

Creativity in the Classroom, Lindsay Deely

  • Wed 17 October, 7pm, The Wonder Works
  • Learn tricks of the trade to simplify complex ideas through the use of hands-on creative activities and foster an environment of imagination and innovation in your classroom


Cross Cultural Creative Exchange

  • Tues 16 October, 5:30pm, Mick Lally Theatre
  • This dialogue will explore an opportunity for an Irish/ North American platform, focusing on professionals dedicated to creating and presenting excellence in performing arts for young audiences.

ASSITEJ International and Launch of At Play

  • Wed 17 October, 4pm, Mick Lally Theatre

A presentation by Yvette Hardie, President of ASSITEJ International (2011-2020). Followed by launch of Irish Theatre Institute’s At Play, with light refreshments.

Approaches to Creating Dance for Children

  • Thurs 18 October, 4pm, Mick Lally Theatre
  • A panel of Irish and international artists discuss their own experiences making work for young audience

Theatre for Young Audiences in Scotland

  • Fri 19 October, 5pm, Mick Lally Theatre
  • A panel discuss reflecting on success and sustaining practice. Followed by drinks reception

So, You Want To Write A Proper Picture Book?

  • Sat 20 October,10:30am, Mick Lally Theatre
  • Interested in writing and illustrating picture books? How can books earn you money? What are publishers and agents looking for? Learn from the experts. Presented in association with Children’s Books Ireland and supported by Creative Ireland.


Music Composition for Theatre, Quincy Grant

  • Sat 20 October, 10am, Black Box Theatre
  • Australian composer, Quincy Grant, shares his experience in writing music for award winning theatre and performance companies. Ideal for musicians, composers, theatre directors and theatre makers.