25 years of Baboró Children’s Arts Festival

25 years of Baboró Children's Arts Festival
Photo: Andrew Downes

The Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is this year celebrating an important milestone, a quarter century of creating enrapturing kids.

At the heart of Baboro has always been the UN Convention on the Rights of The Child, and for its 25th anniversary this October will focus on delivering a platform just that.

From October 4-17, Baboró will be celebrating the rights of the child with a strand of events and performances dedicated to giving children a platform for their voice to be heard, a space for expression and, of course, a festival experience to be enjoyed with family and friends.

Two Baboró commissions, a co-commission and a touring exhibition, will be central to these celebrations, with full programme to be unveiled at the end of October.

This will include events such as ‘Flying the Flag’, a celebration of children’s right to arts, where children at six schools in Galway city & county have become both the designers and performers of the project.

Our City Walls’ is a street art project inspired by the thoughts of Galway children, and will see street artist Emmalene Blake creating a large-scale mural in Galway city centre for Baboró, shining a light on the right of the child to enjoy and participate in culture.

‘Viewpoints’ is a pioneering exhibition that explores the potent realm of art as a place for young people to understand their rights, which will tour schools across the county.

Seven world-renowned Irish picture book artists were commissioned by The Glucksman to respond to different themes in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

All of this and more to come at the 25th annual Baboró International Arts Festival for Children this October.