Baboró Arts Festival to return this October

The 24th Baboró Festival will include over 20 live events and online experiences for children and their families.
Michael James Ford in The Happy Prince

Not daunted by Covid, the annual children’s festival will be coming for the 24th time with new safety measures.

Galway’s Baboró festival and all the performances included in it are created especially for children and families. This year they will present over 20 live events and online experiences from October 5th – 18th, 2020 ‘in arts spaces, public places, on the airwaves and in our imaginations’.

Fans of the festival can expect creative workshops for children and families, outdoor adventures, interactive shows (including an interactive concert that teaches young children about different types of instruments), music, dance and theatre performances and an art exhibition about female water deities around the world.

All events have taken Covid safety measures and some of them allow only one family per show (like ‘Go Wild with Art’). There are also online events such as a live interactive performance, interactive art and science artworks, improvised storytelling activities and visual art which intends to create ‘new lore alive’, as well as a Children’s Book Clinic and Children’s Rights workshop.

You can also expect reduced capacity, social distanced queueing, seating arrangements with 2m between groups, required face masks for adults and children over 13, hand sanitisers, one-way systems, contactless ticketing, and so on. 

2020 Baboró International Arts Festival for Children Trailer

For those who won’t be able to come, the organisers of the festival have arranged readings of picture book stories in the Irish language from iconic spots around Galway, in a collaboration between Baboró and TG4. 

“We know that lots of children who usually travel to Galway with their schools and families won’t be able to come this year so we’re bringing a little taste of the festival to them,” read the announcement of the event. 

Featured authors include Patricia Forde, Máire Zepf, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin and Muireann Ní Chíobhán. 

Scéalta ó Baboró will be broadcast 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th October on Cúla4 Ar Scoil on TG4.

The producer of the festival, Jennifer Ahern, previously gave an interview to Theatremaker.ie at out live show, Stage Door Live, and talked about previous years and highlights from previous years.

You can watch the interview here:

The interview with Jennifer Ahern is between 1:09:04 – 1:24:27

Tickets for this year’s festival became available today at 10am. Booking information can be found here.

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