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The Mother Tongues Festival

 Celebration, 01 May 2021 - 31 May 2021

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. The festival shows that multilingualism is not a barrier, but a reason to get together and celebrate. Until 2020, the weekend-long festival took place on the 21st of February to celebrate the first birthday of its founding organisation and UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day. This year, the programme will take place from 17th to 22nd May 2021 in conjunction with World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. In 2021, the festival will be presented mostly online, but participation will continue to be at the heart of our programme. We have engaged with more than 40 artists to bring to life a unique and diverse programme of art workshops, school visits, film screenings, and a series of events available in over 20 different languages. The Mother Tongues Festival is the only one of its kind in Ireland. It was shortlisted for the EFFE Label Awards in 2019 and since its first edition it has received funding from the Arts Council. The festival is currently made possible thanks to the support of South Dublin County Council Arts Office, Rua Red, the Civic, Draíocht, and the Arts Council.

Target groups:  Adults (in general) Business and commerce Language learners Researchers Pupils Children Language teachers Students Language experts General public Young people (in general) Media Participants in adult education programmes Policy deciders/politicians at national Parents Tourism

Organizer: Mother Tongues
Estimated number of participants/people involved: 1000
Contact Name: Mother Tongues

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To add a further element of spice to the Day, anyone visiting the website can vote for what they regard as the most innovative EDL event. This can be due to its creativity, transferability or just because it truly represents the spirit of the Day. Voting will be open for one month, from 20 September – 20 October, with the winner to be announced in December. There will be a small prize for the organizer of the event which receives the most votes.

2020's 'most innovative event' is
A new language is a new life”!

The event received 900+ votes and was organised by Școala Gimnazială nr.1 Unțeni.

Congratulations to the winners!

We were most impressed by the creativity and great effort which went into organising the events submitted and would like to thank all organisers of EDL events in 2020.