September 26, 2023

Galway’s dedicated international arts festival for children, Baboró, has unveiled three exciting highlights in advance of their full programme line-up, which will be announced on Tuesday, September 5th

This includes a new show from Irish companies Fidget Feet and Ceol Connected, ‘When The Moon Spun Round’, while Australian company, Slingsby will make a welcome return to the festival with ‘The Boy Who Talked to Dogs’. Not only that, audiences will be enchanted by a participative visual arts exhibition ‘I See You Like This’ from Australia.

With an array of home-grown and international talent, this will be a spectacle for young and old alike, as Baboró unfolds across various venues throughout Galway city and county. This annual celebration of childhood creativity, culture and art takes place over ten days this October, from Friday 13th-Sunday 22nd, 2023.

“As we finalise plans for Baboró 2023, I am delighted to unveil three stunning festival highlights featuring aerial dance, theatre, live music and portrait photography – two of which come from as far away as Australia!” says Aislinn Ó hEocha, Executive Artistic Director of Baboró.

“The full programme of work from Belgium, England, Spain, The Netherlands, Australia and Ireland will be revealed in a few weeks.”

This year’s festival boasts an eclectic mix of performances, exhibitions and workshops that are sure to captivate and inspire attendees. 

When The Moon Spun Round: Age 6-12 years.

Irish company Fidget Feet and Ceol Connected return to the festival with When the Moon Spun Round for children aged 6 to 12 years.

Galway audiences will be enthralled by this enchanting show featuring a playful mix of contemporary aerial dance and traditional music performed by tricksters in the moonlight.

It will be an imaginative journey of joyful movement, where a fiddler soars high, and cloths made from the night and light and half-light are suspended, float and fall.

The Boy Who Talked to Dogs: Ager 12+

From Australia, Slingsby will perform The Boy Who Talked to Dogs for anyone aged 12+.

This rough-and-tumble tale fuses shadow puppetry, live music, and stunning physical performance to bring the epic true story of the Byron Bay ‘Dog Man’ to the stage.

Based on the best-selling memoir by Martin McKenna, and beautifully adapted by playwright Amy Conroy, The Boy Who Talked to Dogs is a magical and mischievous tale of transformation, redemption, and what happens when the underdog finds his pack.

I See You Like This:

Australia features again with an engaging participative visual art exhibition from Jessica Wilson, I See You Like This.

Galway families will be invited to explore their own identity through portraiture at Galway Arts Centre.

This fun interactive exhibition promises to be an introspective journey into self-expression and artistic interpretation.

The full programme will be announced on Tuesday 5th September and tickets will go on sale the following day, Wednesday 6th September on 

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