Fèisean nan Gàidheal

01463225559 | | http://www.feisean.org/ga/

Fèisean nan Gàidheal was formed in 1991 and serves as an umbrella organisation for 47 fèisean across Scotland, offering funding and a range of practical services to its membership.  A ‘fèis’ in this context is a Gaelic arts tuition festival for young people 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 to the 0-25 age group.  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 and training, Fèisean nan Gàidheal is involved in helping Fèisean run an annual Cèilidh Trail, providing online tuition through its Oide platform, organising residential Gaelic medium events for young people and a collecting project, Fuaran, and the streaming of live events through FèisTV.  The organisation is responsible for a range of work in formal education provided by its Fèisgoil service which encompasses music tuition in schools through the Youth Music Initiative, a Gaelic Drama Summer School, drama work in schools to enrich language skills and Gaelic language tuition. Fèisean nan Gàidheal also runs the highly successful Blas festival in partnership with Highland Council. This nine-day event celebrates traditional music and Gaelic culture with performances across the Highlands.  Full information is available at www.blas.scot 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.