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Introducing: 2021 Mother Tongues Festival

Introducing: 2021 Mother Tongues Festival


Thanks to the wonders of technology, we’ve been able to rethink, reset and reimagine the 2021 Mother Tongues Festival, allowing us to continue to celebrate linguistic diversity through the arts, with you! 

We return this year with an inclusive, interactive digital experience suitable for all. Together with some incredible artists, volunteers, our communities and national partners, we’ve created a diverse online programme for you to enjoy from the comfort and safety of your home.
The festival will spread across April & May, with the core programme scheduled between 17th-22nd May. 

This year’s festival is proudly supported by Arts Council, South Dublin County Council & Creative Ireland, Languages Connect, Rather Gather, Fingal County County Council, Ambassade de France en Irlande, Draiocht, Civic Theatre & Rua Red Arts Centre. 

The complete 2021 online programme will be revealed on the 15th of April and includes an eclectic choice of events from fun language play in French and Spanish and collective poetry writing to an immersive experience throughout South Dublin’s streets ! But for now, here’s a little taster of what to expect throughout this year’s lineup. 

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What to expect

2021 Festival Artwork by Ashwin Chacko

Illustrator, storyteller and designer, Ashwin Chacko is the talent behind our 2021 festival artwork and we want to shout loud and proud about it! 
You can enjoy Ashwin’s work on our website, social media and other digital materials and right throughout the festival. In the meantime, for positive vibes and drool-inducing design, you can follow Ashwin’s work at

Interactive Event: Walk A While

Chances are, the past 12 months have been packed with walks around your local area. But how many times have you stopped along the way to really take in your surroundings? And have you ever turned these into a piece of art? 
No? Well, now’s your chance!

Introducing: Walk A While- an interactive event suitable for all ages that allows you to capture and share your walking experience with a community.  Share all your walk info by Friday 23rd April! Email
Walk A While is produced by Tallaght Community Arts and Mother Tongues.
How to take part:

  1. Choose your walk
  2. Go on the walk
  3. Record some sounds during your walk (max 3)
  4. Take some photographs (max 3)

5. Draw a simple map of your walk
6. Write a title on the map lie “My canal walk”
7. Mark the locations of your sounds and photographs on it
8. Record a short sound clip telling us why you love your walk in a language of your choice

Caroline Bergvall | Collaborative Processes Writing Workshop

Join award-winning writer Caroline Bergvall for a unique 10-12 hour creative lab focused on deepening collaborative methods and creating your own opportunities.
Throughout the series of workshops, you’ll discover ways to work cooperatively, examples and models of collaborative work, apply values of exchange and negotiation, work and think off and online and test unfamiliar ways of working.

Mother Tongues will provide two bursaries, one for an artist based in South Dublin County and an artist based in Fingal County, to participate in this event. 
Interested artists can apply via this form—entries close April 5th 2021. 

6-Week Poetry Workshop: Remaking of Life

A series of workshops about grief and loss


Poetry is a powerful tool that allows us to acknowledge, process and express our feelings.
Inspired by the theme of Covid-related grief and loss, this six-part series of workshops are aimed at adults interested in exploring and using these themes to inspire poetic art. 

The first session, titled “What Moves You”, will be hosted by Kathryn Crowley on April 6th and explores the many feelings associated with the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Register here

There will be a total of six 2-hour sessions throughout the series, each with a unique focus. Participants do not need to attend all sessions; however, registration for each session is required. View all the sessions.

So, are you in?...

The full programme will be revealed on the 15th of April and will be published on our website. Newsletter subscribers will also receive a copy straight to their inboxes. If you’d like to be added to this list, please subscribe here

Until then, make sure you’re following us on Instagram & Facebook for programme announcements, updates and sneak peek behind-the-scenes content! 

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