What is the Mother Tongues Festival?

The Mother Tongues Festival is the largest festival celebrating linguistic diversity through the arts in Ireland. 
Originally devised to celebrate the first birthday of its founding organisation and UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day on 21st February, the Mother Tongues Festival has hosted events in over 20 different languages since its inception in 2018.

Tomasz Madajczak. Photo by Elena Cristofanon


Call for artists!

The Mother Tongues Festival is looking for artists, performers and workshop facilitators to join the largest multilingual festival in the country!
The goal of our festival is to explore and celebrate linguistic diversity through the arts.
Any art form is welcome, and we are now seeking expressions of interest from artists and workshop facilitators who want to be part of this great multicultural event for all ages. If you speak a language other than English or if language and communication are at the core of your artistic practice and you like the idea of working in a multicultural festival, please fill out an expression of interest by 15th September 2020.

Tomasz Madajczak. Photo by Elena Cristofanon

NExt edition

May 2021

Our curators are working hard to evaluate all the expressions of interest received in the past months. Stay tuned and share some social love!

Past editions



See Through Café

The See Through Café project is curated by visual artist Anca Danila, sociologist Evgeny Shtorn and Mother Tongues Festival curator Francesca La Morgia, presented in collaboration with Rua Red and supported by the South Dublin County Arts Office. Meetings will take place each month on a Saturday afternoon.
If you are interested in coming along to future meetings, consider registering for our mailing list. Each month we will send you a reminder about the event.

diversity in the arts matters

Support us

The festival features a dynamic programme of performances from across the arts – visual arts, dance, music, poetry, scientific workshops, theatre, and more.
It will be a fantastic opportunity for family and friends to come together to celebrate Ireland’s linguistic diversity.
This is your chance to support Mother Tongues and make sure the festival is a resounding success!

If you would like to support our effort in creating an amazing programme you can make a donation here:

If you would like to make a contribution as a business, we have a sponsorship scheme available.
For more information about sponsorship please contact the Festival manager: elena@mothertongues.ie

We thank you for your generosity and support and we look forward to celebrating International Mother Language Day with you at the Mother Tongues Festival!

Thank you, Go raibh maith agat, Grazie, Gracias, Danke, Dzieki, Merci, 謝謝

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