This year’s 19th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children offers a creative extravaganza for all ages and a journey for the heart and soul. With seven days of theatre, puppetry, dance, music, animation, exhibitions and workshops, the festival will enthrall young and old alike from October 12 – 18 in venues throughout Galway.
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia make a welcome return to Baboró with the Irish premiere of their stage adaptation of one of the world’s best-loved children’s stories, Guess How Much I Love You (4-7). Written by Irish author Sam McBratney, and beautifully illustrated by Anita Jeram’s gentle watercolours, this award-winning classic has captured the hearts of children and adults worldwide.
- El Patio Teatro from Spain touch down in Galway for their Baboró debut after taking the world by storm with their beautiful love story A Mano (6+).
- The Mimirichi Clown and Pantomime Theatre from Ukraine bring their crazy clowns for some even crazier fun in Paper World (4+). Audiences can expect some hilarious interactions as they’re transported to a new world where imaginations run wild.
- Rosalind Sydney from Scotland presents Up to Speed (8+), a funny and touching story about the power of friendship and the importance of being yourself.
The Irish programme features the world premiere of The Wolf and Peter (6+) from the award-winning CoisCéim Dance Theatre. Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ is one of the most famous pieces of music ever written and this reimagining of a timeless story of courage and imagination is now told through the eyes of the ‘Wolf’.
Combining dance and live music, the extraordinary pianist Conor Linehan will play live on stage, The Wolf and Peter takes children and their families on a thrilling adventure with the classic characters Bird, Cat, Duck, Grandfather, Hunters, Peter, and of course the ‘Wolf’.
The shows mentioned above are only some of the amazing events at this year’s festival. Also on offer is The Happy Heart Zone in the Galway 2020 Community Hub, Sky Dome Mobile Planetarium, the Relaxed Programme and the very popular Kidisco!