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Mother Tongues Festival's team

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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. 

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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