Francesca La Morgia, originally from Italy, has been involved in a range of community projects primarily with migrant families in Ireland and in the UK for a number of years. In 2017, she created Mother Tongues, a non-profit organisation that aims to support migrant families in raising children with two or more languages. Francesca is the curator of the Mother Tongues Festival, the only festival in Ireland that focuses on multilingualism. Francesca is an alumna of the second Artist in the Community Scheme Summer School on Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Practice (2019), offered by Create in partnership with UK-based Counterpoints Arts.
Following her time at the Summer School, Francesca met with Create’s Cultural Diversity Researcher Evgeny Shtorn as part of his work platforming diverse voices. Their conversation encompassed Francesca’s experience as a migrant, an academic, an artist, and her motivation for establishing the Mother Tongues Festival.