mother tongues festival

Arts and Culture

We believe in the power of creativity to build connected, innovative and inclusive communities. We collaborate with arts organisations, local authorities and cultural institutes to enact change in cultural practices and policies. Our projects bring people together to celebrate our individuality, respect difference, and learn from one another.

The Mother Tongues Festival is the largest festival celebrating linguistic diversity through the arts in Ireland. Our mission is to showcase Ireland’s rich artistic and cultural tapestry through the use of the multiple languages spoken in the country and to enable people to connect while engaging in diverse creative experiences. 

 

We develope policies, statements and guidelines for practitioners and for organisations.  Our focus is on diversity and inclusion in arts participation and in the delivery of arts experiences.  We collaborate with arts organisations in Ireland and abroad on developing policies and consulting with local communities. 

 

The See Through Café is a free and open space where we allow to flourish conversations about art and diversity in and across Ireland, through the eyes of Artists and art enthusiasts. In 2021, the project is curated by members of the WeareGriot Collective: Dagogo Hart, Felispeaks and Samuel Yakura. It is presented in collaboration with Rua Red and supported by Creative Ireland South Dublin and South Dublin County Arts Office.

The transcultural mediators’ project aims to develop a model for transcultural mediation in the arts. Through conversations with artists, arts managers, creative directors, civil society organisations and members of the public we are investigating the role of mediators in the Irish cultural and creative sector.
The project started in 2021 with a series of conversations on these themes with artists, cultural organisations, members of the public and civil society organisations. 

The Interactive Museum of Languages for Young Audiences (IMLYA) is a touring interactive exhibition for primary school children. By offering schools the opportunity to experience the exhibition on their grounds and availing of educational activities, the exhibition enables teachers to help young people learn and apply creative skills and capacities. 

In 2020, as part of Social Inclusion Week in South Dublin County Council, we ran a virtual series of Yoruba bedtime stories with singer-song writer Zeenie Summers.

 

The three stories are available on our YouTube channel for everyone to enjoy any time!

 

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Building Connections

We believe in the power of creativity to build connected, innovative and diverse communities. We collaborate with arts organisations, local authorities and cultural institutes to enact change in cultural practices and policies.

Inspiring change

Our projects in the arts and cultural sector promote diverse and collaborative art practices that enrich our world, challenge our thinking and contribute to community and cultural development.

Innovative cultural experiences

We create multilingual experiences that bring people together to celebrate our individuality, respect difference, and learn from one another.