Announcing the 2020 Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

Celebrating children, families and community through art in all of its forms

We are delighted to announce that the 24th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children will take place in October. Our programme for 2020 will safely bring live performances, creative artistic experiences, visual art installations and interactive digital experiences to theatres, classrooms and homes over an extended period of several weeks.

This year’s festival will be an opportunity for families to celebrate together and have fun

So much has been asked of children this year and we want to take a moment to celebrate them through this festival. We have been separated from our friends, teachers, coaches and extended families but yet we have found new ways to come together safely while staying apart. Baboró sees an opportunity to celebrate the togetherness that has been lost and found in this challenging time.

At its heart the festival will be a recognition of how much has been sacrificed by children and families in recent months and the promotion of kindness to self and to others. This year’s festival will be an opportunity for families to come together, to find creative expression for the upheaval of the past few months, and most importantly, to have fun.

Every conversation has led to finding new ways to bring the festival programme to children and their families in a safe and fun way

We would like to acknowledge the artists and companies that unfortunately can no longer take part this year’s festival. We turned to our community to help us to rebuild a festival programme for the times we live in and have been heartened by their response. Deeper conversations have taken place with artists, creatives and venues to uncover innovative ways to deliver safe and meaningful live and digital artistic experiences for our precious audiences.

Creating a safe space to enjoy and experience the wonder of Baboró is always part of the production of our festival

Baboró is working closely with artists and companies, partner venues, industry experts, and government guidelines to ensure our live events are safe for our audiences and performers.

We will be implementing policies and procedures for all live performances in partnership with venues. These will be published in advance and our professional team will be there to guide you through a safe and enjoyable Baboró experience.

Thank you to our funders, supporters and partners

Baboró’s mission is to inspire children to engage with the world through their experience of the creative arts, and the festival is grateful for the support of its family of funders, sponsors, donors and partners who have dug deep to help us to make it possible to deliver on this mission. This year’s festival is supported by Medtronic, TG4, The Ombudsman for Children's Office, RTÉ Supporting the Arts, 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.

Festival programme will be released in early September

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We can’t wait to meet you all in October and share the joy of Baboró once again.

From all at Baboró