Belltable’s Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival is back

Local schoolchildren at the launch of the Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival with Curator Liam McCarthy, Director Louise Donlon and Darren Yorke

THE Lime Tree Theatre/Belltable team, led by festival curator Liam McCarthy, are currently working on an exciting programme of events for their annual Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival this October.

As always, the aim is to ensure the festival continues to inspire and engage teachers, children and their families in the performing arts. Building on the success of previous festivals, this year the programme is even more ambitious than ever.

The festival dates have been announced in the hope that teachers, parents and guardians in the mid-west region will mark these two important weeks of the year in the diary – Saturday, October 1 to Friday, October 14.

Curator Liam McCarthy said that over the past six months, the Bualadh Bos team have consulted with the ‘Bualadh Bos Children’s Panel’ – a group of children who have worked on the festival’s artistic programme.

“This year will see the best of Irish and International theatre for children playing across the Lime Tree Theatre and Belltable stages, as well as dance, film, talk-back events and community projects.

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“We will also host the world premieres of new, home grown, theatre work for children. The ‘Bualadh Bos on Tour’ programme will see increased engagement with schools and teachers across Limerick City and County.” he added.

“As Limerick’s only arts festival dedicated to children we are delighted to announce three exciting highlight performances as a snap shot of what’s to come this October. The festival opens with the world premiere of a beautiful new show by Liam McCarthy called ‘Fergal’.

“We also present the Irish premiere of ‘I Wish I was A Mountain’ presented by The Egg which initially tours to Limerick from the UK before it embarks on a national tour. For all Branar fans we welcome back the Galway based company with a brand new show ‘Grand Soft Day’.

“Our Bualadh Bos On Tour programme will have a keen emphasis on community engagement and child participation. In particular we are excited to partner with Dr Fiona McDonagh and Dr Dorothy Morrissey (Mary Immaculate College) for the  MIC Student Take Over on the Lime Tree Theatre stage. This year also sees the Thomond Youth Theatre Open Workshop, working with young people from Limerick’s City Centre Community.