Free Festival Events at Baboró 2019

Take a peak into all of this year's free events at the 23rd Baboró International Arts Festival for Children!

See below for all details on this year's free events.


No Man Is An Island
Arch 8
All Ages
Saturday 19 | 11.00 | Galway City Library
Saturday 19 | 13.00 | Galway Shopping Centre, Headford Rd

This dance duet pushes the limits of physical possibility. Together, they explore balance and counter-balance as one body climbs and shifts atop another without ever touching the ground.

Visual Art

Between Worlds
Jennifer Cunningham
6 yrs +
Saturday 12 - Sunday 20 | 10.00 - 17.30 | Galway Arts Centre

Using the geography of the imagination as a starting point, Jennifer Cunningham explores how a child's imagination is a place of freedom and play, of resilience and strength; a safe space from which to explore and make sense of the world. In Jennifer's imaginative world, abandoned fairgrounds and derelict spaces evoke the faded magic of childhood possibility.

Rainbow in a Box
Cathal McCarthy
All Ages
Monday 14 - Friday 18 | 15.00 - 17.00 | Spanish Arch
Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 | 10.00 - 17.00 | Spanish Arch

This interactive art installation in a shipping container invites you to take a walk inside a rainbow. Using prismatic light, you will experience the way the light shines through to create a canvas of colour. Pop on a white coat and step inside this magical space, where you can feel and touch the colours of the sky.

Come Rain, Come Shine
Tatyana Feeney & Mary Murphy
All Ages
Monday 14 - Sunday 20 | 9.30 - 17.30 | O'Donoghue Centre, NUI Galway

Baboró celebrates two fine illustrator-authors, Tatyana Feeney and Mary Murphy, in a unique exhibition of prints from some of their most popular books.


The Storm Keeper's Island
Catherine Doyle
8 yrs +
Wednesday 16 | 16.00 | Galway City Library

Catherine Doyle explains how real life inspired the story behind The Storm Keeper's Island and how influences from her life have made their way into Fionn's story. She will explore this concept, discussing how fact and fiction can be combined with a little magic to create something very special.

Storytime with Charlie Byrne's Bookshop
All Ages
Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 | 11.00 | The Cornstore

Join Michaela for an even bigger and better storytime in The Cornstore outside Charlie Byrne's Bookshop.


Is Mise
4 to 7 yrs
Tuesday 15 | 11.00 | Clifden Station House Theatre
Tuesday 15 | 16.00 | An Taibhdhearc

Sraith teilifíse le TG4 faoi cheathrar láithreoirí óga, léirithe ag Fíbín Media. Beidh aoianna ó Cúla na nÓg i láthair.

Screening of Is Mise... a TG4 TV series following four young presenters produced by Fíbín Media. Hosted by Cúla4 na nÓg guests.

Workshops for Children

Drawing on Science
Karen Conway
8 to 12 yrs
Friday 18 | 15.30 | Ballybane Library

Explore the connections between science and art in a practical drawing workshop with Karen Conway, artist in residence at CÚRAM - the SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices. Dress for mess!

For Adults

Artist Talk
Jennifer Cunningham
Monday 14 | 18.00 - 19.00 | Galway Arts Centre

Jennifer has created Between Worlds, a new body of work for this year's festival. Jennifer works with paint, printmaking, film, digital media and drawing. She exhibits both nationally and internationally, runs her own art school and teaches at 3rd level. She will speak about her process of making work and about her life as a visual artist.

Producing Work for Children and Young People
Tuesday 15 | 16.30 - 18.00 | O'Donoghue Centre, NUI Galway

Join established experts to discuss the unique challenges and rewards of creating, funding and touring work for nationally and internationally.

Reading Pictures
Mary Murphy
Tuesday 15 | 9.30 | Westside Library
Tuesday 15 | 12.00 | Tuam Library

Children read pictures. Can you read without words too? Get the most from picture books with your child by creating intimacy, fun and imaginative play - for both of you! Especially for parents and carers with literacy or language difficulties.

Making Work with and for Neuro-Diverse Children
Natasha Gilmore
Thursday 17 | 17.00 - 18.30 | Nun's Island Theatre

Barrowland Ballet's artistic director, Natasha Gilmore, along with the cast of Playful Tiger, will share insights into the development and the creative process of the company's emerging body of dance-theatre work for neuro-diverse young audiences. They will be joined by Phillida Eves, a local artist creating work for this audience in Galway.

Making Professional Work with Young Performers
Shane O'Reilly
Saturday 19 | 14.30 - 17.00 | O'Donoghue Centre, NUI Galway

In this seminar, Shane O'Reilly will share findings, experiences and insights into the process, form and artistic opportunities that come with making professional work with young performers, following an international research period.