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Like Grandparents in Fairytales

A photographic exhibition

From February 12th to 24th, 2024

@ The Civic, Tallaght

Language:

English and Romanian

Free

Opening event

On Saturday 17th of February, there will be an opening event at 2 pm, with the Romanian Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Mr. Laurenţiu-Mihai Ştefan, South Dublin County Mayor  Cllr Alan Edge, the Civic Theatre Director Donal Shiels and Mother Tongues Director Dr Francesca La Morgia.

Like Grandparents in Fairytales

The exhibition ‘Like Grandparents in Fairytales’ is a portrayal of ten grandparents from the Republic of Moldova and Romania, showcasing their life stories through a captivating collection of portrait photographs. This exhibition marks the culmination of the project led by Natalia Luncaș Ionel, which aims to shed light on the vital role of grandparents in diaspora communities, as carriers of cultural heritage and keepers of family traditions, stories and language.
The photographs and the interviews that accompany them give us a glimpse into the lives of Moldovan and Romanian families in Ireland, but also open a conversation on migrant identity and what it means to have roots in more than one place.

This project was created by Natalia Luncaș Ionel, in partnership with photographer Vlad Bodarev. The project is supported by the Romanian Embassy in Ireland and the Romanian Community in Ireland (RCI) and funded by Alfa Medics. More details can be found on the website: www.mamainie.eu

Expoziția foto-reportaj „Ca bunicii din povești” prezintă istoriile de viață a 10 bunici veniți în Irlanda din Republica Moldova și România, însoțite de o colecție captivantă de fotografii portret. Această expoziție marchează punctul culminant al proiectului condus de autoarea Natalia Luncaș Ionel care și-a propus să aducă lumină asupra rolului vital al bunicilor în comunitățile din diaspora – ca piloni principali de promovare a limbii românești, a culturii, tradițiilor și poveștilor neamului din Moldova și România. Articolele-interviu scrise de Natalia și fotografiile-portret realizate de Vlad ne oferă o perspectivă mai largă asupra vieților familiilor din comunitatea vorbitoare de română din Irlanda, o înțelegere mai profundă a bogăției culturale, dar deschid și o conversație despre identitatea migranților și ce înseamnă să ai rădăcini în mai multe locuri.
„Ca bunicii din povești” este creat de Natalia Luncaș Ionel, în parteneriat cu fotograful Vlad Bodarev. Proiectul este susținut de Ambasada României în Irlanda, Romanian Community of Ireland (RCI) și cu sprijinul financiar oferit de Alfa Medics. Versiunea în engleză a fost tradusă de Anca Șovagău.
Mai multe detalii pt fi găsite pe website-ul: www.mamainie.eu

Meet the artist

Natalia Ionel & Vlad Bodarev

Natalia Ionel, a mother, community builder, blogger, and PR manager, collaborated with photographer Vlad Bodarev to initiate a meaningful community project titled “Like Grandparents in Fairytales.” Both Natalia and Vlad, originally from Moldova, have been residing in Ireland for the past seven years.

Vlad Bodarev AND Natalia Ionel

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Vamos brincar de Carnaval!

Interactive workshop

February 17, 2024

@ Tallaght County Library

10:30 to 11.30 am

Interactive workshop

For children of all ages and their families

Languages:

Brazilian Portuguese

Free

Please note:

Booking is required. When you reserve a child ticket the accompanying adult is included. Children must be under the supervision of an accompanying adult at all times.

A AMBI convida famílias a explorar cores, ritmos e tradições únicas do Carnaval brasileiro. Num ambiente acolhedor e interativo, celebraremos a alegria contagiante desta emblemática festa que encanta corações em todo o Brasil. As famílias ficarão imersas em um espetáculo visual e sonoro, com projeções de desfiles carnavalescos, oficinas de artes, músicas tradicionais e a energia pulsante que caracteriza esta festa única. Será uma introdução mágica ao universo vibrante do Carnaval brasileiro!

AMBI invites families to explore the unique colors, rhythms and traditions of Brazilian Carnival. In a welcoming and interactive environment, we will celebrate the contagious joy of this emblematic festival that enchants hearts throughout Brazil. Families will be immersed in a visual and sound spectacle, with projections of carnival parades, arts and crafts workshops, captivating music and the pulsating energy that characterizes this unique party. It will be a magical introduction to the vibrant universe of Brazilian Carnival.

Meet the facilitators

AMBI

Founded in 2010, the Association of Brazilian Families in Ireland (AMBI) started the journey with a group of immigrant mothers in Ireland, who felt the need to keep the Portuguese language and Brazilian cultural legacy to their children, born on the Emerald Isle. Today, more than a decade later, AMBI acts as a community organization, committed to promoting Brazilian culture and encouraging the maintenance of the Portuguese language as a heritage language for expatriate families in Ireland, valuing our language and contact with different aspects of Brazilian culture, stimulating a feeling of belonging and a sense of community for those who were born or emigrated here.

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Growing Thoughts & Hanging Wishes

A place for growing thoughts, exploring words and sharing wishes, in every language!

18th of Feb, from 10 am

@Rua Red, Tallaght

Interactive Installation

For all ages

Languages:

Any language

Please note:

Children must be under the supervision of an accompanying adult at all times.

There are words that have no equivalent in other languages and it can be difficult sometimes to describe what you mean in a different culture. Sometimes it is hard to share your feelings, thoughts and wishes, no matter what the language! Growing Thoughts & Hanging Wishes is based around the ancient Irish custom of the Raggedy Tree or Wish Tree, where people would hang cloth, ribbons and notes on Hawthorn trees (that were believed to be magical or holy) containing their thoughts, wishes and hopes – sometimes just one word, a name or even a drawing. 
As the thought and paper disintegrate, the wishes are said to come true!

The tree installation will be created onsite by artist Raffaele Muraca. Everybody is invited to add their thoughts and wishes to the tree in their own language, writing on paper leaves or bits of cloth.
What words do you want to share with your community and family? What is your wish for them?

Meet the artist

Raffaele Muraca

Raffaele is a Prop Maker and Art Facilitator. He worked in Italy as an Educator for teenage refugees specialising in art and cultural activities projects to bring students together. In 2014, he moved to Ireland to work on community art projects, facilitate prop-making workshops, perform, and make props and floats for Irish parades, festivals, theatres, and video productions. Recently, his curiosity for the different aspects of art led him to work in community Street Art festivals and Augmented Reality projects aimed to animate the walls in Waterford. During the pandemic, he worked on a personal artistic project on transforming emotions into visual installations, interpreting childhood trauma and ways to deal with it through art.

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