Baboró International Arts Festival for Children runs from Monday, 4 October until Sunday, 17 October and we have some of the highlights of an extended programme to mark its 25th year here.

See the full programme for the festival HERE!

From its base in Galway the festival reaches its quarter century with an extended festival offering an extraordinary wealth of diverse and accessible events for all ages and in all artforms.

There is also a dedicated schools programme HERE with a digital section HERE!

RTÉjr Radio are delighted to have linked in with the festival to bring Into the World Within to the airwaves.

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The festival itself is all taking place in Galway city and county, in theatres, on streets, in schools, in bookshops, in a van, on walls, on beaches, on the airwaves, online and more.

So let's get a small taste of what is in store over the next two weeks!

INTO THE WORLD WITHIN

Dare you venture into the Underworld?

Alex and Nicky are bored, stuck indoors all day, but at least Uncle Petey is coming to visit! His stories have always brought magic into their lives, even if Nicky thinks stories are "immature" these days.

But when Uncle Petey arrives, something's not quite right. Alex knows what's made him so quiet and withdrawn...he’s a changeling, and it’s up to Alex and Nicky to bring the real Uncle Petey home.Join Alex and a reluctant Nicky as they journey into the underworld through a pillow fort in their bedroom. The quest to save Uncle Petey won’t be easy, and in the Underworld nothing is as it seems…

Commissioned by Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Moonfish Theatre have devised an audio journey for the whole family using live foley to create a magical, musical world of enchanting adventures.

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BIRDBOY

Once there was a boy who wished he was a bird. He wished he could just fly away and be free of all his worries.

Birdboy is a trip inside his head. In his whirring mind, thoughts, worries, fantasies all compete for space in a world where fitting in is hard to do.

Full of fun and sorrow, this kaleidoscopic show, performed by dancer Kévin Coquelard, celebrates the power of imagination and offers a vision of hope and connection.

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VIEWPOINTS

'Viewpoints' is a pioneering exhibition that explores the potent realm of art as a place for young people to develop and understand their rights.

Seven world-renowned Irish picture book artists were commissioned by the Glucksman Cork to respond to different themes in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The touring exhibition features work by artists Fatti Burke, Peter Donnelly, Chris Judge, Roisín Hahessy, Chris Haughton, Mary Murphy, and Niamh Sharkey.

Prints will be displayed in the Cornstore Mall as well as being hung in classrooms in primary and secondary schools throughout County Galway.

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DON'T FORGET TO WASH YOUR HANDS

An entertaining and thought-provoking audio documentary from Baboró Artist in Residence Maisie Lee, a director of theatre and radio. Maisie has captured the thoughts, feelings and experiences of over 100 children and young people in Galway City and County during the Covid 19 Pandemic.

The piece makes for poignant listening, capturing both the highs and lows of an unprecedented period in these children's lives. A bittersweet testimony but not without its lighter moments.

Original music and sound design by Anna Mullarkey. Commissioned by Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.

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FLYING THE FLAG

Baboró was established to champion child-focused arts experiences in the West.

Literally flying the flag at Baboró will be Artists in Residence, Judith Higgins and Miquel Barceló, together with children from across Galway county, presenting an outdoor filmed performance entitled Flying The Flag.

This festival commission is a celebration of freedom of expression and an acknowledgement of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which champions a vision of access to the arts for all children, a founding principle of Baboró.

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