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Galway gears up for Mother Tongues Festival

19.02.2019

The second Mother Tongues Festival celebrating the diverse range of languages now spoken in Ireland and marking UNESCO International Mother Language Day will take place in Galway on 22 and 23 February.

Building on last year’s success, this festival, which is a Galway 2020 Small Towns Big Ideas’ project, features a wide range of performances and interactive workshops for all ages in 20 different languages.

Festival highlights over the two days include:

 

My Bilingual Child

An informative workshop for parents or those who care for young children who speak more than one language –  7pm, Friday 22 February, Harbour Hotel, Galway.

Topics include:

-Language maintenance in the early years

-Supporting the home language

-Promote harmonious bilingual development throughout childhood

 

Traduction Libre

Explore code-breaking, wordless books and emojis and discover your own translating powers. Workshop presented by Juliette Saumande, French writer of children’s books – 12pm, Saturday 23 February, Aras na nGael.

 

Dánta Dána

A performance of new and well-loved poetry and song for children in Irish.  Performed with high energy and visual fun by renowned performers Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher –  2pm, Saturday 23 February, An Taibhdhearc.

 

ILLEGAL: the making of a graphic novel

Acclaimed composer Sean MacErlaine presents a new composition performed live to an interactive reading of Eoin Colfer’s graphic novel ’Illegal’ –  5pm, Saturday 23 February, An Taibhdhearc.

 

Aula de Criatividade com Andrea Rossi

Creative bootcamp with artist Andrea Rossi will discuss how to channel creativity, techniques to connect with new ideas, inspiration and the benefits of working in small groups for artistic development – 5pm, Saturday 23 February, Aras na nGael.

“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”

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.  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.

 

Nollaig McGuinness, Community Engagement Coordinator, Galway 2020 added, “Language is one of the core themes for Galway 2020 and the Mother Tongues Festival is a perfect example of authentically promoting the future sustainability of the Irish language, among many others.  Our vision for Galway 2020 is that it will be a catalyst for a future of inclusivity, participation and sustainability.  We believe that the Mother Tongues Festival fits perfectly with this vision.”

 

Further information and tickets are available from the Mother Tongues Festival website.

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