Baboró’s Back, Baby – Beloved children’s festival returns

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Galway Daily arts Baboró’s Back, Baby - Renowned children's festival returns

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is back with a vengeance this October, with a special extended festival to mark the occasion.

Ireland’s flagship festival devoted exclusively to children and families will run from October 14 – 23 for the 26th annual festival.

Taking place across theatres, galleries, schools and communities in Galway City and County, Baboró returns to a full programme of over 50 live events for an extended festival of 10 days.

The international festival, which celebrates children, families and community through art in all of its forms, will be welcoming companies from all over Ireland and Europe, including Belgium, Italy, Norway, Denmark,Scotland and England.

Events for children of all ages will include a special collection of European work for early years children (0-6 yrs), residencies in special schools and child-led projects.

Children aged 8+ are invited to join the surreal world of ‘Der Lauf’, where nothing is quite as it seems.

Two circus performers from Belgian company Le Cirque du Bout du Monde, compete in a series of bizarre challenges as they juggle blindly, spin plates wildly and stack glasses wearing boxing gloves.

As the glasses rise, so do the stakes. The children, as their only guide, help lead them to safety or towards further peril.

Ballet Ireland will present ‘The Glasshouse’, a dance performance for children aged 6+. It is the story of earnest, young Fiach, who is on a mission to repopulate the world with plants and turn it green.

This fun and compelling show, by exciting young choreographer Róisín Whelan, is about the courage of the human spirit, friendship and life’s determination to survive.

‘The Glasshouse’ is a feast for the eyes and senses, with moments of suspense and joy, exhilarating dancing, vibrant costumes and magical music to enthrall children and families.

Branar, one of Ireland’s leading theatre companies making work for children, will present their new co-production with New International Encounter (UK/Norway) ‘Grand Soft Day’.

A charming and curious new show for children aged 3-6 years, ‘Grand Soft Day’ celebrates the wonder of the world around us.

It’s a show of all seasons – splashing in puddles, wind whipping your hair, crunching frost under your feet and rain dripping on your nose.

Theatre, dance, visual art, literature and creative workshops will feature in the full festival programme which will be announced when the box office opens in early September.