The second Mother Tongues Festival celebrating thousands of languages around the world and marking UNESCO International Mother Language Day will take place in Galway (23rd/24th Feb) and Dublin (2nd/3rd March) this year. Building on last year’s success this Festival features a wide range of performances and interactive workshops for all ages in twenty different languages.
Mother Tongues was founded by Francesca La Morgia, Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Trinity College. Francesca is an Italian native living with her Irish husband and children in Dublin and she established Mother Tongues to support families raising bilingual children in Ireland. “Almost 200 different languages are spoken in Ireland and the Mother Tongues Festival is celebrating the linguistic diversity in this country. These new languages that have come to Ireland enrich our society and give us a different view of the world. Our aim is to expose adults and children to as many languages as possible, to immerse themselves in new sounds and enjoy performances from a very wide range of cultures” says Francesca.