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16-17 February 2024

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A Festival without borders.

Mother Tongues Festival is the largest festival celebrating linguistic diversity through the arts in Ireland. Its mission is to showcase the country’s rich artistic and cultural tapestry, and connect people through the power of language.
The Festival encourages everyone to colour outside the lines, learn something new and have fun while celebrating their mother tongue and the rich kaleidoscope of languages spoken in Ireland. Year after year, our Festival demonstrates that multilingualism is a reason to come together and celebrate. 2024 will be no exception.

Mother Tongues Festival 2023 Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
Building Community through Creative Multilingualism. Mother Tongues Festival 2023.

Building Community through Creative Multilingualism

Join us for a roundtable discussion on themes of creativity, multilingualism and community building. The conversation will be moderated by Assistant Dean International at the University of Limerick, Dr Anca Minescu, an expert in the field of ethnic relations, cultural diversity and group identities. Dr Minescu will be joined by artists and other academics to discuss why artistic communities, policy makers and government bodies need to embrace multilingualism through creative means, and how this can be done.
This discussion will be followed by a participatory Workshop exploring the topic of multilingualism and the arts at a grassroots level.

Mother Tongues Festival 2023, Tallaght, 16-18 February.


Are you an artist with a passion for creativity, culture, and language?
If so, we have an incredible opportunity for you!
The Mother Tongues Festival, Ireland’s largest celebration of linguistic diversity through the arts, is calling upon talented artists like you to be a part of our 2024 programme. Get ready to make a difference, connect with diverse communities, and showcase your artistic practice like never before.

Support the Festival!

Mother Tongues Festival is one of Ireland’s most diverse and dynamic initiatives.
Our goal is to create a space that fosters belonging and celebrates linguistic and cultural identities through education and the arts and so far we have been able to engage more than 1,000 children and 100 artists in our programmes.
The next 12 months are key for us to deliver our programmes. We need your help to welcome communities to create, enjoy and share culture and creativity. We want to nurture the next generation of artists. We want to continue to come together through creativity. We want to provide some joy to help us through feelings of isolation and loss and to make migrant families feel at home in Ireland.


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