5 reasons to visit Mother Tongues on Culture Night

5 reasons to visit Mother Tongues on Culture Night

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Join us for this year’s Culture Night! Mother Tongues will be showcasing the impressive Interactive Museum of Languages for Young Audiences (IMLYA) created by artist Tomasz Madajczak. This exhibition consists of a storytelling tree, a space to experience the ancient languages of Persia through the medium of clay, an Inca sculpture where children can communicate via the ancient language of knots, solve wooden puzzles incorporating the Irish language and gain an insight into the beautiful origin of Chinese writing with calligraphy. Here are some reasons for all parents, teachers and adults who are still children at heart, who may be wondering why your child would be interested in this exhibition (who wouldn’t?!).

1. Languages are a passport

Through our storytelling sculpture, children are transported all around the world, experiencing linguistic journeys together! An experience that promotes both creativity and linguistic/cultural diversity.

2. New experiences

It is so important for children to be able to have conversations with their friends who have different languages and traditions than one another. This way, children are exposed to facts about clothes, languages and food, which they may never have known. It might even encourage them to try something new (no more chicken nuggets..?)

3. Opportunity to learn

Through artwork, sculptures and creative spaces, IMLYA creatively encourages children to interact with different letters and alphabets across languages. Children will have the opportunity to come into contact with language-based sculptures inspired by linguistic artefacts, signs, pictographs and alphabets. The children will be having so much fun they won’t even realise how much knowledge they are taking in!

4. Shaping the future

IMLYA is designed to cross language barriers and involve children who speak languages other than English and Irish. It is so important for the youth of today to experience this in order to continue breaking down barriers for a better future society.

5. Bonus exhibition

In Rua Red there will be another amazing interactive event for children and their families, “Free the Birds”. Find out more here.


If you are a teacher and you think that IMLYA sounds like the perfect fit for your school, please contact lauren@mothertongues.ie to find out more.

And if you want to see it in action, come along on Culture Night! The Mother Tongues team will be in Rua Red on September 17th, on the ground floor from 4 pm until 7 pm. We can’t wait to celebrate Culture Night with you!

The museum was commissioned by South Dublin Creative Ireland programme as part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2021, and it was co-funded by Languages Connect.

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