Language Friendly Events

Language Friendly Events

Mother Tongues Festival is committed to widening participation and removing language barriers that may prevent people from accessing cultural events. This is a list of events which include features that make them more accessible:

Changing the narrative

The power of language and media to promote societal change

24 May


English with ISL interpreting

Live on Zoom
May 24, 3 pm

Language is one of the most creative tools at our disposal. We can use language to build peace and reconciliation, to create inclusive environments and celebrate diverse identities, but also to spread hate and division. How can we as citizens promote positive change in our society and counteract hate and division?
This panel, chaired by Joy-Tendai Kangere, will bring together Hazel Chu, Lord Mayor of Dublin, linguist Federico Faloppa, Associate Professor in Italian Studies and Linguistics at the University of Reading, and Zbyszek Zalinski, Diversity and Inclusion Lead at RTE.

Windowpane & PAL

by Shane O'Reilly

22 MAY


ISL with English subtitles

Plus an exclusive interview with Alvean Jones (this event is only available in Ireland).

PAL (12 min)
Originally commissioned by Culture Night 2020. Sal needs to get out of her house for a little bit. Get out of her head. PAL is a slanted exploration of the disorientating noise and lonely echoes that reverberate in the mind of a Deaf woman emerging from a period of isolation… or hibernation.

Windowpane (9 min)
Originally commissioned by The Abbey Theatre as part of the Dear Ireland project. Windowpane is inspired by the Edward Hopper painting A Woman In The Sun. The monologue exposes the psychological gymnastics of a Deaf woman imprisoned within her own home during lockdown.

The Art of Witness


14 May


English with ISL interpreting

Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality, in conjunction with the Annual Mother Tongues Arts Festival 2021 are delighted to host ‘The Art of Witness’, a presentation of creative practice and an online panel discussion exploring themes of language, identity and culture on the island of Ireland. ‘The Art of Witness’ takes place online on Friday 14 May 2021 at 7.30pm.

Let's Learn English through Creative Drama

Suitable for intermediate learners and above

1, 8, 15 MAY


Suitable for intermediate learners and above

Creative Drama is an integrative process that develops imaginative thought and creative expression in participants. This workshop will offer a unique opportunity for you to improve your English language skills while exploring your creative side. These workshops will focus on the ‘doing’ rather than on ‘presenting’ activities, helping your imagination and your confidence at the same time. No theatre experience is needed, but it is most suitable for intermediate learners and above.


Video series with English subtitles



English with subtitles

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.

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.

Goodbye Papà

Screening of two short films by Teatro Multilingue

10-23 May


English + Italian + Spanish with subtitles in the languages & English + Italian + French with subtitles in the languages

Teatro Multilingue is the only company for multilingual theatre and cinema productions. Based in Italy, they create shows featuring various languages and dynamic characters interwoven throughout each microteatro, short film and long pièce. With their official debut taking place at the Piccolo Eliseo in Rome, their latest project, the #Europe21 trilogy, was introduced early in 2021.

Tongue Twisters

Documentary, Greece, 2018

18-20 May


Greek with English subtitles

What is a tongue twister? Why do they exist in language? What’s their purpose? What connects some words so thrillingly with laughter? Can documentation about language be a contemporary perception of euphoria? This is a funny-language-educational-fairly-cheesy-tickling documentary by Simos Korexenidis.

Walk A While

by Tallaght Community Arts



Submissions to the Walk a While project are welcome in any language. Participants have the choice to submit audio in any language or video in a Sign Language of their choice. Videos created by participants are subtitled.

Bilingual events

Bilingual events are open to people who speak English and/or another language.

Rannta le Chéile

Sharing Songs & Rhymes


English and Irish

Afro-Brazilian dance & culture connections

A dance Workshop for adults (16+)


Portuguese & English

No es magia, es ciencia!

Creative workshop for children aged 6 to 10



Aventures Bilingues dans le Comic-Strip

Comic strip workshop for children 6+


French & English

The Sensorial Silhouette

workshop for children aged 8 to 12


Italian & English

Japanese puppet show

For children 0-10 and their grown-ups


Japanese & English

Our Family Movie

Stop Motion Workshop for families with children 8+


Brazilian Portuguese

Chinese Dumpling Workshop

workshop for all ages


Chinese & English

Exploring Russian Culture

For families with children 7+


Russian & English