What is the Mother Tongues Festival?

The 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 and 2023 will be no exception.

I loved having the opportunity to communicate with people from different cultures and share experiences.

A festival without borders.

The Mother Tongues Festival 2022 will take place from the 21st to the 26th of February and will feature five days of workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, dance, music, art, live performance, film and storytelling across more than 15 languages.   

Our festival began in 2018, and we are so proud of our journey to now. Since the outset we have been supported by the Arts Council, South Dublin County Council Arts Office, Languages Connect and Rua Red, the Civic and Draíocht have given a welcoming home to our ideas.

Admirable festival doing wonders for multicultural society in Ireland

Our BIG news is that this year we have become a member of City of Sanctuary Dublin and Ireland’s first Festival of Sanctuary. We are extremely proud to be joining the Sanctuary movement and to share experiences of refugee and asylum-seeking communities through artistic and creative encounters.

Are you ready to go on an adventure? 

It’s time to embrace your inner explorer as we take you on a multilingual journey around the world! 


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