Celebrating Resilience and Diversity on International Migrants Day

Celebrating Resilience and Diversity on International Migrants Day

What does home mean to you? Well, there is no simple answer to this question – some would say that home is where the heart is; some would say that home is where the start is! One thing is certain: everyone wants to find their place in the world. In this journey, we move between houses, cities and countries to explore new experiences, to love and to live a better life.

But it is not always easy. As most of us leave our loved ones behind, we must be open to embracing novelty. Tastes are new, the weather might be either too cold or too hot, the language might be different from anything you know, and people express themselves with hand gestures that sometimes cause confusion. Migrating means developing resilience – the capacity to withstand adversity and adapt.

On December 18, we celebrate International Migrants Day, marking the adoption of the UN International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families in 1990.
As we experience challenging days, such as the riot in Dublin city on the 23rd of November, it is more than ever a time for resilience, to come together, to participate and to keep the faith. 

Like most voices in our society, we are proud of the migrant contribution to the plurality of perspectives in the economy, art and education, where diversity means growth and development of knowledge, experiences and skills.

As we approach the end of the year, let’s celebrate the strength that comes from embracing our differences and the beauty that arises when diverse voices unite.
In this article, we’ll spotlight some of the stories, projects and collaborations that have made this year truly special and announce something to look forward to in 2024. Let’s continue to cherish the cultural richness that makes our community thrive.

Mother Tongues Festival 2023, Tallaght, 16-18 February.

Mother Tongues Festival: A Global Celebration

The heart of our year was undeniably the Mother Tongues Festival. This annual event brought together international artists, creating a space where diverse voices could resonate. From thought-provoking discussions to fascinating workshops to the incredible final concert, the festival showed how diversity is a reason to get together and enrich one another. We’ll unveil the Mother Tongues Festival 2024 programme on January 19th, but we are excited to present the first workshop series of this Festival edition: Weaving Stories – A book creation workshop series with Debora Adachi and Fernanda Ferrari. Find out more and get your ticket here.

Language Explorers Workshops: Nurturing Creativity and Connection

Our Language Explorers programme continued to be a beacon of creativity and a safe place for parents to foster a deeper connection with their children. These sessions, designed for families with children aged 3 to 6, and run by our fantastic artists trained in the Language Explorers methodology, promoted the use of the home languages through storytelling, drama, visual arts, and music. Witnessing the children grow more confident in expressing themselves in their mother tongues while picking up a few words in other languages was truly gratifying. Beyond language development, this programme acted as a confidence booster for parents and provided a relaxed environment for quality time with their children, creating small yet meaningful pieces of art.  We’re thrilled to announce the expansion of Language Explorers to Dublin City this January!  Check out the “Make it and Play!” workshop series with Fernanda Ferrari at Pearse Library on five consecutive Saturday mornings starting January 13th. 

Additionally, we’re back at North Clondalkin Library with Tamao Oka’s “From Winter to Spring” workshop series every Friday afternoon for four weeks from January 19th. 

Provocation Pack with Early Childhood Ireland: Inspiring Curiosity in the Youngest Minds

Collaborating with Early Childhood Ireland, we created a Provocation Pack to inspire curiosity in the youngest minds. This project, funded through the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal 2022, reinforces our commitment to linguistically responsive pedagogy, building confidence in early childhood educators. Find out more here.

Residency with the South Dublin Cultural Diversity Programme: we treasure the talents in our community

South Dublin County is a vibrant, rich and plural, home to creatives and artists working in various fields, passionate about our community. The Residency for Artists in South Dublin, an initiative of South Dublin County Council’s Arts Office and promoted by our Dublin Cultural Diversity Programme, provides a platform for creatives to embark on a fascinating creative journey.

Participants have the chance to develop their skills, meet new people and discuss future collaborations, all while receiving mentorship from experienced fellow artists. This initiative exemplifies our dedication to supporting artists and fostering an environment where diverse artistic voices can flourish.

Cultural Diversity Programme Event. Photography Gabriel Borges Magalhães

Reflecting on the year that’s coming to a close, we are reminded of the power that lies in embracing diversity, celebrating our differences and fostering connections within our community.  Let’s honour the cultural richness that makes our community thrive. Together, we look forward to a new year filled with more stories and celebrations. 

Thank you for being a part of our journey, and we can’t wait to share more exciting moments with you in 2024.


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