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Fèisean nan Gàidheal

01463 225559||http://www.feisean.org/ga/

Fèisean nan Gàidheal was formed in 1991 and serves as an umbrella organisation for 45 fèisean across Scotland.  A ‘fèis’ in this context is a Gaelic arts tuition festival for young people typically aged 8-18 although the word itself translates from Gaelic simply as ‘festival’.  Most fèisean are run by volunteers and offer professional and accessible tuition in traditional music, singing, art, drama, sport and Gaelic language.  The main focus for many fèisean is an annual, week-long event but many now also offer follow-on classes all year round.   You can find a map with fèisean near you at www.feisean.org.

As well as providing support, training and funding for fèisean, Fèisean nan Gàidheal is involved in many other projects such as the annual Cèilidh Trail tours, the Youth Music Initiative, a Gaelic Drama Summer School, Cuairt nam Bàird (a cultural exchange project between Scotland and Ireland), Meanbh-chuileag (a theatre-in-education company) and many more.  Fèisean nan Gàidheal also runs the highly successful Blas festival in partnership with Highland Council and the Promoters Arts Networks. This nine day event celebrates the culture of traditional music and Gaelic in the Highlands with performances across the region from Srontian to Scourie.  Full information is available at www.blas-festival.com and www.feisean.org.  You can contact Fèisean nan Gàidheal on 01463 225559 or email brath@feisean.org. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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