Last week, Baboró's Executive Artistic Director, Aislinn travelled to Philadelphia for IPAY’s (International Performing Arts for Youth) 2019 Showcase. Showcase is an annual conference that serves an international community of individuals and organisations dedicated to producing, presenting and promoting professional performing arts for young audiences. Featuring a selected programme of performances for young audiences, Showcase highlights quality professional performances from North America and around the world. Showcase also hosts Kindling, IPAY's developmental learning platform, along with professional networking opportunities. This year, Aislinn was invited to speak on a panel entitled 'Playing Our Part – Community Engagement' as part of the SPARK pre-conference.
“Baboró is delighted to be part of an Irish delegation to IPAY in advance of an All Island Cultural Spotlight at IPAY 2020. It is fantastic to be among over 400 delegates in Philadelphia, including artists, presenters and agents from all over the world seeing international and American work for children and young people, taking part in panel discussions, networking and having a lot of fun”, Aislinn Ó’hEocha.
Meanwhile, Baboró Producer, Jennifer travelled to Bologna, Italy to begin work on a new four-year Creative Europe project lead by La Baracca, Teatro Testoni Ragazzi. La Baracca has been working in the field of theatre for children and early years for the past 40 years. Since 2005, the company has led three 'Small size' projects, funded by the European Commission - Culture 2000 programme. This new project, "Mapping - A Map on the aesthetics of performing arts for early years" involves 18 partners from 17 countries and will run from 2018-2022. Baboró's associate partners on this new project are Branar Téater do Pháistí and NUI Galway.
"It was fantastic to be in Bologna for the beginning of what promises to be a very exciting project! It was great to hear more about the plans for the next 4 years, which will see artists and researchers brought together from all over Europe, to map the relationship between young children and the arts. We are delighted to be working with our Galway partners, Branar Téater do Pháistí and NUI Galway, on this project."