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Saturday 24 February 2018

Huge street party kicks off children's arts festival

Brian McDonald

THE country's biggest children's arts festival kicked off with a massive street party yesterday.

Over the next week in Galway, more than 100 productions will be staged for children of all ages at the Baboro International Arts Festival for Children -- the 15th year of the event.

A 40-metre long table covered in paper and laid out with plates and cutlery was set up in Galway city centre to find out what is priceless to children.

Children were invited to write their answer on the table and a selection of their replies are to be published in the form of international postcards.

Devised by German theatre group Das Papiertheater, the international installation has already been presented in Nuremburg, Tel Aviv, Quito and Barcelona.

The opening, by Goethe Institut director Dr Rolf Stehle, also featured giant versions of games such as Snakes and Ladders and Jenga and non-stop music.

Dr Stehle congratulated the organisers on a festival that provides such ready access to theatre for children -- over 20,000 children and adults are expected to attend both Irish and international shows, which include productions from Canada, Poland, Scotland and Italy.

Art and literature events are also included with leading children's authors, Malachy Doyle, Patricia Forde and Ailbhe Nic Giolla Bhrighde attending.

Irish Independent

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