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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.

This event is funded by

Mother Tongues Festival

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Sean-nós singing and lilting workshop

18th of Feb, 12 pm

@Rua Red, Tallaght (Music Room 1)

Music workshop

For families with children of all ages

Languages:

English and Irish

Please note:

This is a beginner-friendly session. Booking is required. When you reserve a child ticket the accompanying adult goes free. Children must be under the supervision of an accompanying adult at all times.

Create your own musical adventure! Participants will choose from a number of songs (sea-faring songs, love songs, songs about fairies) provided by Eoghan to learn the melody and the meaning of the lyrics. After, we will do a bit of lilting, a kind of mouth music traditionally used to carry a tune for dancing when no musical instruments were available. Depending on where the music takes us, participants have the option to learn traditional Sean-nós singing techniques. To end our musical exploration, we will sing songs and lilt a tune together.

Cruthaigh eachtra cheoil dhuit féin! Roghnóidh na rannpháirtithe ó roinnt amhráin (amhráin na farraige, amhráin ghrá, amhráin na síoga) a sholáthróidh Eoghan chun an tséis agus brí na liricí a fhoghlaim. Ina dhiaidh sin, déanfaimid beagán ‘lilting’ – cineál béal faiseanta a úsáidtear go traidisiúnta chun port a chruthú le haghaidh damhsa nuair nach raibh uirlisí ceoil ar fáil. Ag brath ar an áit a dtógann an ceol sinn, tá rogha ag na rannpháirtithe teicnící traidisiúnta amhránaíochta ar an Sean-nós a fhoghlaim. Chun deireadh a chur lenár dtaiscéalaíocht cheoil, canfaimid amhráin agus seinnfidh muid ceol le chéile.

Meet the artist

Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin

Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin is a Dublin-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His musical roots are in Sean-nós singing and Irish traditional music. He has played with a number of different bands over the years including Dublin-based Skipper’s Alley, folk/electronica band Jiggy, and Aon Teanga:Un Chengey, an Irish-Scottish-Manx group that explores the musical and linguistic ties between the Gaelic languages. He also collaborates with County Clare fiddle and viola player Ultan O’Brien. Their début album Solas an Lae won best album at the RTÉ folk awards in 2021. Eoghan released his début solo album, The Deepest Breath, in November 2022. His songs—written in both English and Irish—build on his Sean-nós singing foundations but combine hard-hitting lyrics with other musical influences to create a rich, contemporary sound.

This event is funded by

Mother Tongues Festival

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Step & Story

Move to the Rhythms & Learn Beyond the Steps

Go Dance For Change

18th of Feb, 1 pm

@Rua Red, Tallaght (Dance Studio)

Dance workshop

For families with children aged 7+

Languages:

English & Brazilian Portuguese

Please note:

This is a beginner-friendly session. Booking is required. When you reserve a child ticket the accompanying adult goes free. Children must be under the supervision of an accompanying adult at all times.

go dance for change

In this workshop, Karen will share dance steps and the short stories behind them related to culture, radical friendships and collective action, through the lens of her journey in Ireland with Go Dance For Change. Using body movement and storytelling, we will dance and have fun while discovering steps and stories from rhythms such as Afro-Brazilian Dance, Dancehall and Brazilian Funk. For this beginner-friendly session, we suggest wearing comfortable and loose-fitting clothes. Anything you can move freely in and layers are always good to keep your body warm.

Através de sua jornada na Irlanda com Go Dance For Change, neste workshop, Karen compartilhará alguns passos de dança e narrativas relacionadas à Cultura, amizades revolucionárias e ações coletivas. Através de movimentos corporais e contação de histórias, vamos dançar e nos divertir enquanto descobrimos passos de ritmos como Dança Afro-Brasileira, Dancehall e Funk Brasileiro. Para esta sessão aberta à quem é iniciante em dançar, sugerimos que você use roupas confortáveis e folgadas. Qualquer coisa que você possa se mover livremente, e camadas são sempre boas para manter seu corpo aquecido.

Meet the artist

Karen Aguiar - Go Dance For Change

Karen Aguiar is a dancer, socially engaged artist and producer, believing in the transformative power of dance to unite people and nurture a collective space to build power from below.
Karen is the leader of Go Dance For Change and envisions it as a space for meaningful integration and collective action.
Starting in 2018, Go Dance For Change is a cross-cultural collaborative platform that produces social spaces using dance as their primary tool to connect people through a variety of immersive and engaging dance-related activities such as workshops, parades, performances and events sharing culture, promoting health and integration through dance. Go Dance For Change places a strong emphasis on well-being, community building and female empowerment with the aim to highlight diverse cultures and their people in the hopes of decolonising the narratives within the dance scene in Ireland.

This event is funded by

Mother Tongues Festival

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