Baboró’s Festival presents vibrant programme for childen of all ages

Tadhg Murphy flying high at the programme launch for the 21st Baboró International Arts Festival for Children. Photo: Andrew Downes, xposure.
Tadhg Murphy flying high at the programme launch for the 21st Baboró International Arts Festival for Children. Photo: Andrew Downes, xposure.

Artists and companies from Denmark, Mexico, Argentina, USA, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, France, England and Norway will join forces with Irish performers for this year’s Baboró International Arts Festival for Children. It runs from October 16-22, featuring theatre, dance, music, visual arts and literature.

International acts include The Peter Pan Experience (ages 7+) from Het Laagland in the Netherlands, a quirky, high-energy show about rediscovering the joys of play. Bounce (ages 7+), from Arcosm in France, is a sensitive, funny dance show featuring live music with climbing, playing, dancing and singing.

Wot? No Fish!! (ages 9+) from England’s Danny Braverman tells the wonderful true story of Braverman’s granduncle Ab and grandaunt Celie, bringing up their family in 20th century London.

Baboró also hosts shows from some of Ireland’s leading companies. The Abbey Theatre presents Me, Sara (ages 10+), based on Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World, while festival favourites Theatre Lovett present They Called her Vivaldi (ages 7+), a comedy-adventure about a sensitive musical-prodigy making a name for herself.

Fidget Feet presents Strange Feathers (ages 18 mths – 4 years) mixing contemporary dance, aerial dance and live music. Monkeyshine’s The Magic Bookshop (ages 4-8) features a treasure trove of old books which flock together, with stories hopping off their pages.

Catching Waves sees some of the West of Ireland’s most talented dancers and musicians join forces to create a show for all ages –  dancers from Youth Ballet West will perform to music from Sym-Phonic Waves, a new youth orchestra based in the West. Developed as part of Galway 2020, this group will grow to a full symphony orchestra as part of the Capital of Culture programme.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.