FAQs: Everything you need to know about this year's festival

This year's Baboró International Arts Festival for Children takes place in venues throughout Galway from 17 - 23 October. We've put together some of your frequently asked questions. If you've any more, please do let us know.

What ages do you cater for? 
Baboró is for anyone aged 0 to 100; there really is something for everyone. However,r generally we cater for children aged 0 to 12 but we also have shows for all the family to enjoy.

How do we find out about the festival?
Browse the programme here and stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also pick up a festival brochure around Galway, and in the Town Hall Theatre.

Can you describe the events in the festival?
There’s theatre, dance, music, puppetry, film, animation, exhibitions, talks and workshops.

Are there shows for babies and very small children?
Young children are very welcome at Baboró. The festival caters for early years (ages 0-6) as well as older children. In 2016 for example Branar & Starcatchers present their show The Shape of Things for ages 6 months – 2 years. Capacity for early-years shows is quite small so we advise early booking.

Are there shows for older children and adults to enjoy together?
Absolutely – there are lots! In 2016 Dream City from De Dansers is a really high-energy dance and live music show for anyone aged 8+. We’ve got the fantastic Theatre Lovett, who brought us My Foley, The Radio Operator, with their new show A Feast of Bones for ages 9+. The Gold Digger, for ages 10+, features lots of toe-tapping tunes and rousing live music and The Queen Has Vanished, for ages 6+, speaks to children and adults alike about the power of hope. We’ve also got Galway’s Youth Ballet West with their show Alice Underground (all ages). These are all wonderful shows to enjoy as a family together.

What price are tickets?
Individual show tickets are €9 and family tickets (4 persons) cost €30. There are group rates for 10+ of €7.50 per ticket. Tickets for school performances are €6.50 each.

Are there any free events?
Yes, there are free exhibitions, storytelling and workshops to choose from. You can view the free events here.

I’ve booked a show. Is there anything else we can do before or after that?
Yes, there’s so much on offer. It's lovely to see families enjoying a jam-packed Baboró day. We encourage everyone to ‘Make a Day of it’ and here's how:

  • Book a second show from our programme
  • Participate in a workshop
  • Visit an art exhibition
  • Get help to plan your trip at our Visit Galway page

Do I have to accompany my child to the shows and workshops?
Unless your child is attending a dedicated schools event, adults are required to accompany children at shows and workshops. It’s all part of the Baboró experience to enjoy the festival together.

Are there any suitable shows for children with special needs?
Yes, we have a dedicated programme of ‘Relaxed and Recommended Performances’ where we aim to provide a comfortable and supportive atmosphere for children with special needs. This year there are five suitable shows Whoosh!; I Pack my BagThe Secret Life of Suitcases; Aston's Stones and Graffiti Classics. 

Do I need to have a child with me to attend a Baboró show?
We’ll let you in on a little secret… grown ups absolutely love childrens’ shows! If you’re curious about a show, buy yourself a ticket and come along, with or without a child. You’ll be sure to get a warm Baboró welcome.

Is there a programme for grown ups too?
Yes, we offer professional development workshops for teachers, early-years educators, students and actors. We also have a delegate programme where Irish and international artists can come along to see shows and network with their peers. Our full programme for grown ups can be found here

I’m a teacher. How do I arrange to bring my class to a show?
Children can attend shows as part of their school day together with their entire class. For advice and guidance on the best performance for your class/group check out our schools page on this site, call the dedicated Baboró schools line on 091 562 642 or email schools@baboro.ie

Right! I’m ready to book tickets. What do I do next?
Book online here or contact the Town Hall Theatre box office on 091 569 777.

For someone who’s never been to the festival, what do you advise?
Just dive in! Come along to a show and we guarantee you’ll be hooked for life.