Festival Mentoring 2024 Now Open for Applications

Deadline 05 June 2024

Calling diverse creatives from across Ireland to discover the professional realm of arts for young people.

Baboró invites you to apply to our 3-day paid mentorship programme during the Baboró festival in Galway, from 17 - 19 October. This initiative aims to encourage both emerging and established artists who are interested in making work for children to experience Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in an immersive and rewarding way. Over the 3 days, the small group of mentees will:

  • experience a curated programme of festival shows and industry events, witnessing high quality international work for young audiences and engaging in discussions, workshops and networking lunches with Irish and international industry professionals;
  • be guided by seasoned mentors Phil Kingston (Community and Education Manager, Abbey Theatre) and Maria Fleming (CEO, First Fortnight);
  • be paid €600.

The objective is that artists and creatives from varied, diverse backgrounds and identities will be inspired to make work for babies, children and young people in Ireland, having been exposed to world-class Irish and international work. This vibrant sector is multidisciplinary and collaborative by nature and we encourage participants to connect with visiting artists and programmers, develop their Irish and worldwide relationships with a view towards possible future collaborations. You never can tell what might come from a brief chat!

Is this opportunity for you?

Our young audiences in Ireland are diverse and they deserve to experience art that represents them, created by artists to whom they can relate. As such, we strongly encourage artists from currently underrepresented backgrounds to apply to this opportunity.

For this opportunity, we welcome applications from individuals who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Are artists or creatives with at least one year’s professional experience, not necessarily in making work for young audiences. This includes, but is not limited to, writers, actors, dancers, directors, producers, choreographers and designers (Note: there is a particular focus on performance for this opportunity);
  • Demonstrate passion and/or strong curiosity for creating work for children and young people;
  • Are based on the island of Ireland;
  • Can commit to attending the full programme each day from the 17 - 19 October in person in Galway;
  • Are over 18 years of age and not a full-time student.

A total of four applicants will be selected for this opportunity.

The programme takes place from Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 October 2024. A detailed schedule will be shared with successful applicants in advance of the festival. Participants will be asked to complete a brief evaluation form after the festival and may be asked to respond to a couple survey questions over the three days to help us measure impact.

Access Supports Available

We want to minimise barriers you may face in applying for or participating in this opportunity. We offer some access supports, pending limited resources, and want to work with you to ensure this opportunity is attainable. Access supports can include, but are not limited to, additional funds for child care or a companion or accessibility costs such as taxis. We are happy to chat about any additional support you may require and will try our best to accommodate these needs. Please contact Rachel at rachel@baboro.ie or call our office at 091 562 667 should you have a particular query.

How to Apply

We’d love to hear from you—to apply please submit a brief CV (max 3 pages) and completed application form, available here. Should you prefer, you may submit your application form as an audio recording or short film (3-5 min). If submitting in this way, please make sure you respond to all questions in the application form.

Please send your document or recording to rachel@baboro.ie including ‘Baboró Festival Mentoring 2024 Application’ in the subject line.

Closing date for applications is end of day Wednesday, 5 June at midnight.

Should you need any assistance in creating your application or have any question about this opportunity, feel free to contact Rachel at rachel@baboro.ie.

We will respond to all applicants by Monday, 12 July, end of day.

If, at any point before the deadline, you would like to withdraw your application, simply send us an email.

Statement of Care

We recognise that life comes with challenges and needs are different for everyone. We can offer support for submitting your application and are happy to discuss any additional supports you might require. Please contact Rachel at rachel@baboro.ie for more support.

Information Session

The Information Session is now over. Please find a recording of the session below.

Key Dates to Remember

Applications Open - 1 May
Information Session - 21 May, 16:00
Applications Close - end of day 5 June, midnight
All participants will be notified by 12 July, end of day

Baboró is committed to making sure that all children in Ireland will be able to see themselves reflected in the arts. We want to support you to help build this community.