Mother Tongues is an organization that aims to raise awareness of the benefits and challenges associated with bilingualism. We provide support for parents, professionals, businesses and for anyone working in multilingual environment. The Mother Tongues Festival (www.mothertonguesfestival.com) will take place on 24th February 2018 at the Outhouse in Dublin 1. We have a very interesting programme, featuring artists, poets and storytellers who will perform in their native tongues.
So far, the following musicians are confirmed: Su Garrido Pombo with poet Keith Payne, Carlinhos Cruz, Esosa, Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy. We will also have a Flamenco workshop, Irish Colourstrings music classes, Turkish storytelling, Chinese papercut, plurilingual poetry with Fiona Bolger, drama and art workshops, amongst other activities for adults and children throughout the day (check out the lineup here).
The festival will mark UNESCO International Mother Language Day, an annual celebration of linguistic diversity around the world.
We are extremely grateful for everything we have received so far; however, we are asking for your support to cover some further expenses, including venue rental, promotional materials and staff costs.
We are an international team of volunteers from across the world, including countries such as Italy, Brazil, Venezuela, Poland, Germany and of course Ireland, and we believe in celebrating the beauty of linguistic diversity!
Once we reach our target, we will be able to successfully run our festival with the help of our team of volunteers, who will endeavour to make the day a special and memorable one.
So far, the festival has received sponsorship from Conradh na Gaeilge, An Coimisinéir Teanga, the French Embassy in Ireland, Poetry Ireland, Irish Architecture Foundation, Multilingual Matters, Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese Language Centre, Native Scientist, Diffney for Men and Kepak.
Thank you for taking the time to read about the Mother Tongues Festival. We hope that you will support us in making our dream of organising the first multilingual festival in Ireland a reality!