Small Size: Branar’s Newest Partnership with Baboró and N.U.I Galway

Branar will join N.U.I. Galway to work with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children who will embark on a four-year project as part of Creative Europe’s Small Size Network. There are a total of 18 lead European partners in the network.

Branar and N.U.I, Galway Drama and Theatre  Department will work with lead partner on the project Baboró as part of MAPPING –  an artistic research project focused on creating a sensory-based relationship with very young children, from 0 to 6 years, across Europe, through performing arts. In particular, it explores the idea of “children-spectators”. The aim of the project is to get a better understanding of this very young audience. Each of the 18 partners will also create a new production through a shared artistic process.

This will be Baboró’s third Creative Europe Small size project. Branar are delighted to be partnering with Baboró for a second time and look forward to also partnering with the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway.

“Baboró is thrilled to be a partner on this Small size project funded by Creative Europe,” said Baboró executive artistic director, Aislinn Ó hEocha. “This new project will enable Baboró to continue to be a leader in this field in Ireland, and to continue to invite world-class performances to Galway for our youngest audiences.”

Patrick Lonergan, professor of drama and theatre studies at NUIG said: “As we move into a post-Brexit environment, and with Galway 2020 coming soon, it is important students and staff at NUI Galway continue to build strong links across Europe. This project provides an excellent opportunity to do so.”

Marc Mac Lochlainn, director of Branar Téatar do Pháistí, said the collaboration would be “a really exciting initiative” in creating “excellent theatre experiences for the youngest citizens of Europe”.

For more information on Small Size and the 2014-2018 project, check out the Small Size European Network website here.