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Mother Tongues Festival's team

Working since the start

francesca la morgia

Dr Francesca La Morgia

Director, Mother Tongues

Dr Francesca La Morgia is the founder and director of Mother Tongues. Francesca has an MPhil in Applied Linguistics from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in bilingual language acquisition from DCU. She lectured in language development from 2010 to 2021 across various universities, holding posts at the University of Reading, Trinity College, Ulster University and Maynooth University. Francesca’s work within Mother Tongues focuses on Learning, Research and Policy development across education and the arts. 

Elena Cristofanon

Elena Cristofanon

Operations manager, Mother Tongues

Elena Cristofanon is an Italian creative with a growing passion for projects and people management. She oversees all the projects and the marketing of Mother Tongues. Elena has been behind the scenes of Mother Tongues since the very beginning, in 2017, and was the Festival Manager until 2022. With an academic background in Art History and Standards for Education in Museums, she continued her studies in Ireland in the area of Marketing, Management and Web Design. In 2021, she was awarded the Arts Council’s Agility Award to expand the Contatto project on a national scale. 

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Tony Fegan

Creative Producer, Mother Tongues

Dublin-born Tony Fegan is a creative producer, theatre director and participatory arts practitioner.
Tony established Lift Learning Programme at Lift (London International Festival of Theatre).
As Director of Learning (1992 – 2007) Tony developed a wide-ranging and highly influential learning programme with national and international artists working with youth, community groups, schools and universities on long-term artist collaborations, including site-specific events. The programme supported the advancement of a culturally diverse arts curriculum in UK schools and developed the profile of contemporary arts practice within the wider community, nationally and internationally.
He is a founder member of Project Phakama, an inter-cultural youth arts exchange programme between London, Southern Africa, India and South America. He was a visiting artist in residence at the Glencree Peace and Reconciliation Centre Summer School, Ireland in 2002.
He has extensive experience in creating multilingual performances through artist-in-residence projects in intercultural and international settings.
Tony was CEO/Director at Tallaght Community Arts in Dublin from 2007 – 2023. Tony repositioned Tallaght Community Arts as an arts development organisation working closely with communities in
Tallaght, across South Dublin County and internationally.
In 2021 Tony spearheading a local resident /arts consortium was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Creative Places R&D award. In 2022 the consortium was awarded the Arts Council of Ireland Creative
Places 3-year award.

Andrea Sanagustín Cabrero

Events Management Intern

Andrea Sanagustín Cabrero is currently studying an MPhil in Identities and Cultures of Europe at Trinity College Dublin, with a personal focus on the intersection between multilingualism, multiculturalism, migration, and identity. She holds a BA in Modern Languages and Translation (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain) and has worked as a Schuman Trainee in the Directorate-General for Translation at the Secretariat-General of the European Parliament, Luxembourg. She is very interested in projects that promote and protect literature, culture, language, and history, as well as in the intersections of migration, multilingualism and interculturality in a European context.

Steering group members

Mother Tongues festival relies on a group of dedicated and talented individuals who support our team in delivering all that we do to the highest standard.

Rebecca Blake
Irma Bochorishvili
Tony Fagan
Lianne Quigley

Jo Dukkipati
Sandra Ruiz Moriana
Zoe O’Reilly

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