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Stand with refugees

Stand with refugees: a reading list for children

Stand with refugees: a reading list for children

Stand with refugees
To mark World Refugee Day, each year UNHCR and Children’s Books Ireland partner with libraries and bookshops across the country in encouraging people to buy or borrow a book about refugees. Using this specially curated book list, readers have a wide selection of stories from around the world to choose from in the form of fact, fiction, autobiography and photography. World Refugee Day is an opportunity to salute the strength and courage of refugees; the solidarity of those countries, including Ireland, who assist refugees; and the contribution refugees make to countries around the world.  
You can download the list produced by UNHCR with Children’s Books Ireland below


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Places of ARcture at the London festival of Architecture

Places of ARcture at the London festival of Architecture


Places of ARcture will be part of the LFA digital 2020 of London festival of Architecture, which will take place between 1-30 June.
They will be facilitating various online events in collaboration with a group of artists, architects and special educators. Find out more: 


Places of ArcTure organized their first event during Dublin City University’s refugee week by curating “the Syrian Architects Art and Design Exhibition” showcasing the work of graduate Syrian architects from Aleppo who completed their studies throughout the war.

They also facilitated a children’s workshop “Play in Architecture”, teaching design principles through play. 

Places of ARcture was pleased to be part of the See Through Café project @ RUA RED as a facilitator for its first meeting in collaboration with Mother Tongues on 19th October 2019.

How to attend and watch the events? 

You Just need to click the Live streaming YouTube on time! Register your name through the event link in LFA website (www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/) and you will receive the Live streaming link and reminder to your email. Save the date! 


Dania Alshelhawi Salah Haj Ismail Dania Hamwi Georges Moubayed Mahmood Mira Raneem Muhammad.
Hosted by Muhammad Achour 
20th of June, 2pm (UK) 4pm (Syria)

(Ireland and Syria, communities initiatives)
24th of June, 6pm (UK) 8pm (Syria)

Yaman Y. Zein Ala’bedein Hussam Ashour
Hosted by Muhammad Achour 

Live from Aleppo/ Part 2

27th of June 2pm (UK) 4pm (Syria)

Architects from Aleppo

Hosted by Muhammad Achour 


Muhammad Achour

Muhammad Achour grew up in Aleppo, Syria and studied architecture in Aleppo before relocating to Dublin where he works now in DCU as a teaching assistant. During his masters studies at UCD in 2016 he fell in love with the idea of community engagement and the search for making better cities, so he founded Places of ARcture, a collettive that uses art and architecture to engage with young people in local communities and refugee

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Discover world cultures from your home!

Discover world cultures from your home!

I am the mother of three young children, and spend a lot of time doing things with them and for them. The one thing I still do for myself…yes, just for myself…is a visit to a museum or a gallery. Right now museums around the world are opening their virtual doors for online tours, and you can see incredible artwork from the Louvre in Paris, the Guggenheim in Venice, or the MET in New York and the Vatican museum in Rome from the comfort of your home.

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The experience of visiting a real museum is priceless, but we can use this time in isolation to read about collections and learn something new about art and culture, at no cost.

The Chester Beatty’s collections can be your first stop. You can start with a self guided tour here. The collection is so diverse and includes unique objects from Japan, China, Thailand, Egypt, Italy, and more! You can also download activities focusing on a range of areas, from art history to world faiths to geography, history, languages, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths).

Themes range from artistic traditions found in the Islamic, East Asian and European collections; an introduction to world faiths and cultures through objects; science; language support through objects; preparation for the Art History Leaving Certificate as well as a drawing pack.


Dr Francesca La Morgia
Founder of Mother Tongues

COMING SOON – 02/04/2020

The bilingual child

Live Webinar with Dr Francesca La Morgia - Part 1

How children become bilingual

What to expect in the first three years of life

Activities that boost language skills in early childhood

How Mother Tongues supports bilingual/multilingual families

The webinar is free for Mother Tongues Members. 

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Language Unleashed: The Power of Poetry in Embracing Your Mother Tongue

“A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.”- WH. Auden

When it comes to embracing our mother tongue, reading and writing poetry can be transformative. It allows us to explore the sounds and feelings of words and reminds us that language is not just something we learn; it’s something we actively take part in making. 

The art of poetry leads us beyond language and can show that words can mean so much more than they often convey on the page. 
Poetry, often a staple of children’s bookshelves, can also be an effective tool in language learning, especially among children with two or more languages. 

Introduced early and often during a child’s journey with literacy, poetry can mean the difference between just knowing words and leveraging every aspect of the word’s power. It provides a fun and creative outlet with no rules allowing complete freedom for children to find their inner voice and exposes them to new words and ways of thinking about language. 

In association with Languages Connect and Poetry Ireland, we recently launched our 2020 Poetry Competition which was aimed at celebrating the power of poetry and multilingualism.
The competition, which is now closed, was open to aspiring poets aged 8-18 around Ireland and encouraged them to tell the story of “Language and Identity” through poetry. With a whopping 223 entries, the competition was a roaring success and proved that the art of poetry is still very much alive in Ireland today!

At Mother Tongues, we believe that poetry is a universal language in which we are all fluent and can partake in. Whether you are an established poetry lover or just looking to discover something new, we have several unique events during this year’s 2020 Mother Tongues Festival, that celebrate language through the art of poetry. 

Here are just some of the poetic highlights in store for you…


Talkatives: A Rhythm & Poetry Slam About Language & Identity 
When: 22nd February, 5.30pm
Where: Tallaght- Civic Theatre, Main Auditorium
Languages: English
Brought to you by the incredible group “WeareGriot”, Talkatives promises to be an event not to be missed! Described as a “rhythm and poetry slam” the show will connect the art of poetry and rap, with a focus on heritage, language and home. Four poets and four rappers will go head-to-head in a classic poetry SLAM style competition where YOU as the audience becomes a judge. 
Let the battle commence! 
This event is suitable for all ages and tickets cost €5 each. To book your place and learn more click ere


SEE x SEA – Kuona x Gungwa
When: 22nd February, 4 pm
Where: Tallaght, Rua Red
Languages: English, Shono & Igbo
Performed by spoken word artist Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi and singer-songwriter and poet Christie Kandiwa, See x Sea is a performance-poetry and music showcase that celebrates black womanhood.
Through the art of poetry, the show will explore the challenges that exist in Ireland today such as gender equality, migration and multiculturalism.This event is suitable for those aged 12 years + and tickets cost €5 each. Learn more and grab your ticket click here

maria ortega

Multilingual Poetry Creation
When: 22nd February, 2 pm
Where: Tallaght, Rua Red
Languages: English
Led by global traveller & teacher María Ortega García, this Multilingual Poetry Creation workshop will encourage participants to play with poetry in many different languages, from their mother tongue to a language they might be studying. 
Tools and ideas will be provided to ease participants into a self exploratory and creative session of multilingual poetry creation. This event is free and suitable for adults onlyTo learn more click here

marluce lima

Sarau Maré with Marluce Lima
When: 22nd February, 4 pm
Where: Tallaght, Rua Red
Languages: English & Portuguese
Sarua Maré, a traditional intimate gathering of art enthusiasts, was brought to Dublin to help connect, integrate and strengthen the Portuguese-speaking and Brazilian community through art and poetry.
Join Brazilian poet Marluce Lima in a special Sarua Maré and experience how the language of poetry has the power of bringing worlds together by expressing and translating experiences, ways of seeing, memories and diverse feelings. This is a free event suitable for all ages
! Read more here

To learn more about all events mentioned above or to view the full 2020 Mother Tongues Festival programme, please visit www.mothertonguesfestival.com or follow us on social accounts. #MTFest2020

Image: 2018 Summer School. Credit: Aoife Herrity

Summer School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice

Image: 2018 Summer School. Credit: Aoife Herrity
Image: 2018 Summer School. Credit: Aoife Herrity

For the second year Create and Counterpoints Arts are delighted to offer the Summer School for up to 15 artists, held this year in mid-July in the West of Ireland.

The Summer School is open to artists from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background, including members of the Traveller community, migrants, refugees and people in need of international protection, as well as artists with a collaborative practice who are working in or interested in questions of cultural diversity.

Find out more at http://create-ireland.ie/aic-residencies/2019-summer-school