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This year’s Baboró Children's festival to show how children survive war zones with their ability to dream

Published 06/09/2016 | 11:32

Colm and Aoife Frehill from Balllindereen and Lauren Moran from Youth Ballet West check out the programme for the 20th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children which runs in venues throughout Galway from 17 - 23 October. Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure
Colm and Aoife Frehill from Balllindereen and Lauren Moran from Youth Ballet West check out the programme for the 20th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children which runs in venues throughout Galway from 17 - 23 October. Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure

A DANCE show set in Iraq depicting how children rely on the ability to dream in order to survive war zones will form part of this year’s Baboró children’s festival.

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The festival, which is now in it’s 20th year, will include everything from flying suitcases, vanishing queens and curious giants to workshops on making toys from everyday rubbish.

This year’s festival features some of the most imaginative Irish and international work from Holland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Denmark and the UK.

Among the highlights are Dream City from De Dansers in Holland. Aimed at children aged eight and up, the music and dance show is inspired by the fairgrounds of Dream City, Iraq offering “an exhilarating and thought-provoking ode to children in war zones, where the ability to dream is essential to survival”.

Following on from the success of last year’s Happy Heart Zone, Baboró welcomes back artists Deirdre Rogers and Órla Kelly to guide young and old on a creative voyage of discovery.

They will help children invent, create and build from their imagination, using a wealth of discarded materials from tubing to foam at Baboró’s Creative Lab at NUI Galway.

'The Queen Has Vanished' by the Kopergietery company in Belgium features live music and illustration that speaks to children about the power of hope, when it seems that all is lost.

Commenting on the 2016 festival programme, Executive Artistic Director, Aislinn ÓhEocha said: “We’re delighted to share our 2016 programme with children, families and schools and we look forward to welcoming you all to Baboró over seven days in Galway this October. There’s a wonderful range of shows and events to choose from and we encourage visitors to explore all aspects of the programme.”

The festival runs from October 17 to 23 with seven days of theatre, dance, music, puppetry, animation and exhibitions. For more see www.baboro.ie

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