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Stories to Be Told

Contatto is a new video project showcasing the stories of artists living and working in Ireland and focusing on their experiences and challenges entering the arts scene in this country.
Project creators Elena Cristofanon and Francesca La Morgia wanted to continue the conversation about diversity and inclusion in the arts that had started at the Mother Tongues Festival in 2020, just before the first lockdown. Having worked on the festival programme together since the idea of the festival developed over a cup of tea, Francesca and Elena decided to give a platform for artists to speak about how the Irish cultural scene could embrace diversity in a more meaningful way.

Contatto currently consists of 21 video interviews. Each video tells the personal story of each artist – how they trained to become an artist, how they have become involved in the arts scene in Ireland, whether or not they feel the Irish art world is sufficiently inclusive, what challenges and opportunities they have experienced and how they think things could improve for immigrant artists in Ireland.

The project was put on hold due to the more severe restrictions imposed in January 2021, but watch this space for a Festival Special! 

Zeenie Summers. Contatto. Photographed by Elena Cristofanon

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Join us, as we celebrate Ireland’s rich artistic and linguistic diversity with plenty of thrilling events and workshops from dumpling making to clowning practices for all ages.
Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

Mother Tongues Festival 2021

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