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What is the Mother Tongues Festival?

Tallaght, 16-17 February 2024

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.

A festival without borders.

Mother Tongues Festival 2024 will take place on the 16th and 17th of February and will focus on families and children. This year is going to be very special because, for the very first time, we will host a resident company, Cantieri Meticci, hailing from Bologna in Italy, who will collaborate with our local communities.
Our much-loved family day will return this year, so get ready for a variety of hands-on activities! You will meet artists from Poland, Spain, Brazil, Pakistan and Japan, just to name a few.

On the 16th we will open the floor to speakers who will discuss the importance of multilingualism and the arts, and we will invite you all to join us for the very first screening in Ireland of the documentary “Il Cerchio”. On the 17th we are waiting for you to join us and bring our workshops to life! Expect truck art, felt-making, storytelling, dance and much more… all with a multilingual twist. We can’t wait to see you and come together for a day of creativity and togetherness!

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Mother Tongues Festival 2024

Our festival began in 2018, and we are so proud of our journey to now. Thank you to everyone who has supported the festival.
A special thanks to the Arts Council, South Dublin County Council Arts Office, Languages Connect, Rua Red and the Civic Theatre who have given a welcoming home to our ideas, and for supporting and funding our mission to empower bilingual children through creativity and the arts so they can grow up confident in their linguistic and cultural identity.

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