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16-17 February 2024 Tallaght

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.

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Go Beyond Language

This professional development programme will focus on the theme of multilingual performance. It will enhance participants’ skills in drama-based methodologies that foster language development, inclusion and well-being.

Creativity and Multilingualism

An engaging exploration of Creativity and Multilingualism, organised in collaboration with Trinity College’s School of Education, at the Mother Tongues Festival. Watch it back, with ISL interpreting.


The Word Factory

The Word Factory is a non-verbal show. In a world where words cost money and you must eat words to speak, only the rich can talk. This is the story of a boy who saves up his words, fights monsters and challenges the dark factory. Developing children’s imagination through friendship and bravery. It combines the power of language with physical theatre and live music. The Word Factory is a loose adaptation of “La grande fabrique de mots” written by Agnes de Lastrade and illustrated by Valeria Docampo© Alice Editions, Brussels.

Volunteer with us!

Are you a language lover? Are you interested in the arts? Would you like to join our busy team during the most multicultural festival in Ireland? We are waiting for you!


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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