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Baboró - International Arts Festival for Children (16th - 22nd October 2017)

Baboro, Ireland’s premier international arts festival for children and families runs in Galway city and county this year from 16th - 22nd October 2017 featuring Theatre, Dance, Literature, Music, Puppetry, Workshops and Visual Art for all ages.

Among the Baboró highlights of the 2017 festival are The Peter Pan Experience from Het Laagland in the Netherlands, a quirky, high-energy, show about rediscovering the joys of play; Bounce, from Arcosm in France, is a sensitive and funny dance show featuring live music with plenty of climbing, playing, dancing and singing; and Wot? No Fish!! from England’s Danny Braverman tells the wonderful true story of Braverman’s Great Uncle Ab and Great Aunt Celie raising their family in 20th century London.

We Come From Far, Far Away from New International Encounter in the UK and Norway tells the story of Abdullah from Syria who has travelled a long way, mostly on this own. Performed in a small tent this is a big story told in a beautifully intimate way Irish work includes The Abbey Theatre’s Me, Sara, based on Synge’s Playboy; Theatre Lovett present They Called Her Vivaldi, an upbeat comedy-adventure about a sensitive musical-prodigy; Fidget Feet presents Strange Feathers mixing aerial dance and live music, and Monkeyshine’s The Magic Bookshop features a treasure trove of wonders where old books flock together and their stories hop from the pages.

Something for all the family is Catching Waves, a vibrant performance from new west of Ireland youth orchestra Sym-Phonic Waves and dancers from Youth Ballet West. Other international work includes Denmark’s Theatre Madam Bach; Mexican/Argentinian Teatro al Vacio, Grammy-winning singer Tom Chapin, and Germany’s Thalias Kompagnons.

Baboró originated as an offshoot of Galway Arts Festival in 1996, specialising in shows for children and younger people. See the magic of well-known stories come to dazzling life on the stage. Special treats are also in store for everyone with beautiful exhibitions, readings and workshops. Come to Galway to experience this delightful Festival and explore this beautiful family-friendly city.

The biggest Baboro International Arts Festival For Children programme to date features artists and companies from around the world including a very strong Irish programme of work for children and families to enjoy the magic of Baboro together. This year sees the largest weekend programme ever presenting a variety of inspirational work and performances for children of all ages ranging from 18 months to teenagers - and of course adults too.

The 2017 programme will be available from early September at

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