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Who Says Baboró Is Just for Kids?

Did you know that the Baboró programme includes professional development opportunities for artists, teachers, and creative professionals?

If you would like to experience the festival as a delegate, it's not too late to book your Delegate Pass! The Delegate Pass gives industry professionals and creatives access to delegate-only events, including works-in-progress, networking opportunities and social evenings. Come meet and mingle with artists, Irish and international programmers, and professionals passionate about arts for young audiences!

How to Book Tickets

Tickets to festival performances as well as talks and workshops for adults are sold separately from the Delegate Pass. A pass is not required to attend these events.

If you are a student or unwaged, you are eligible for a 15% discount code to be applied when booking festival events. You will receive the code via email upon booking the Delegate Pass.

Professional Workshops

Croí and Gaoth: sing, dance, play!

Thursday 20 October, 2pm - 5pm
Nun's Island Theatre

Are you interested in collaborating with artists from different art forms? Would you like to explore approaches to cross-arts collaboration in the creation of work for young audiences? Then this workshop is for you!

Led by Fidget Feet’s Chantal McCormick and Ceol Connected’s Thomas Johnston, Croí and Gaoth is suitable for any artist interested in making work for young audiences.

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An Immersive Deep Dive

Friday 21 October, 10am - 4pm
Nun's Island Theatre

Work with Punchdrunk Enrichment’s team, led by Artistic Director Peter Higgin, to develop the skills required to create immersive work for children. Collaborate with fellow participants to develop rich immersive narratives and projects drawing on Punchdrunk Enrichment’s signature practice and playful imaginative techniques and processes.

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BEAG: Creative Process & Play

Monday 17 October, 10am - 5pm
O'Donoghue Centre, NUI Galway

Graffiti: BEAG share their practice in making participatory work for young children. Having observed two Graffiti: BEAG Encounters, Paper Play and What Colour is the Rain?, participants will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the works with the artists who created them; they will engage in a practical workshop with BEAG artists to learn about their multidisciplinary approach and elements of the Creative Process and Play series developed during lockdown.

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Teacher FOLD

Wednesday 19 October, 4pm - 5.30pm
Engage Art Studios, Salthill

In this creative workshop for teachers, participants are invited to discover the value of a bespoke, inclusive approach. We will ground our learning in an understanding of how materials matter in learning contexts, particularly in relation to Aistear. Share your ideas and discoveries amongst supportive peers in the playful environment of the FOLD exhibition by Lucy Hill at Engage Art Studios.

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Making work with & for autistic young audiences (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday 19 October, 2pm - 5pm
Nun's Island Theatre

Barrowland Ballet’s Artistic Director, Natasha Gilmore, will present insights into the development and creative process of her body of dance theatre and film work created with and for autistic young audiences. Gilmore will question how we might give young people agency from process to performance; what creative challenges and opportunities does this create; and what is the impact of this approach on the relevance and resonance of the work created?

Adult Talks

These events are free to attend, but booking is advised.

A Journey in Education, Art & Creative Practice

Saturday 15 October, 10.30am
Galway Arts Centre, Dominick Street

Leanne McDonagh, award-winning artist and member of the Travelling community, speaks about her creative practice and journey into the professional art world, sharing insights as to why she creates the work that she does.

Opening Doors

Monday 17 October, 5.30pm
O'Donoghue Centre, NUI Galway

A roundtable of makers and thinkers, that explores models of practice to aid artists in the creation of work for very young audiences, in early years education and Creche settings. Through this discussion, panellists will begin to map and articulate models of best practice arising from national and International projects such as the 'Mapping', 'Small Size' and 'Graffiti BEAG'. Using the work created during these projects as case studies, panellists will share their experiences and explore the challenges in bringing work to these settings.
Presented as part of Creative Europe MAPPING Project.

Towards Sustainability

Tuesday 18 October, 2.45pm
Town Hall Studio

In partnership with Branar’s Meitheal Initiative, this panel discussion will explore models of practice which support the sustainable development of career paths for independent artists making work for young audiences.

What Do Artists Need?

Wednesday 19 October, 5.30pm
Town Hall Studio

What does meaningful support for artists look and feel like? How could a considered process impact the creativity and development of artists and audiences?

Reflecting on LEAP

Thursday 20 October, 4pm
Town Hall Studio

Hear from participants and stakeholders of Baboró’s LEAP artist support programme as they engage in conversation about the pilot project's development and execution. What did we learn from the process? What were the successes as well as the failings? What unique role does diversity play in the TYA sector in Ireland today?

The Art of Collaboration

Friday 21 October, 4.30pm
O'Donoghue Centre, NUI Galway

Hear from participants and stakeholders of Baboró’s LEAP artist support programme as they engage in conversation about the pilot project's development and execution. What did we learn from the process? What were the successes as well as the failings? What unique role does diversity play in the TYA sector in Ireland today?