Am Bratach No. 232
Scourie will host Fèis an Iar Thuath, its first ever Fèis, on February 18 and 19 of this month when children from around the district will gather for a weekend of music and other Gaelic arts tuition.
Lisa MacDonald, one of the organisers of the 2-day event, said: We want an initiative that encompasses everyone and that the whole community will feel welcome to come to. A fèis is a fun thing and we hope itll show that Gaelic is for everyone.
There will be classes for children
aged 8 to 18 in guitar, fiddle, keyboard, tin whistle, song,
dance and drama as well as Gaelic language sessions for adults
and Gaelic games for everyone. In addition to the main fèis
there will also be a Fèis Bheag, a taster
session for children who are not yet of main Fèis age
but who want to get involved in the fun.
There used to be a local
group by this name, and this is a kind of reincarnation of it.
We hope that it will really be a turning point for the language,
and put an end to the decline.
Glenda Cairncross, who has done
a huge amount of the organisational work, said that she sees
the fèis as just the start of plans to encourage interest
in Gaelic. We are planting little acorns, she said,
and we hope to have the fèis on an annual basis,
along with other cultural events that help people to get a chance
to learn and use Gaelic.
Lisa MacDonald said: Weve had funding and a huge amount of help in getting organised from both Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Fèisean nan Gàidheal. Weve had lots of applications for the fèis so far from everywhere between Durness and Ullapool and we hope that well see lots of people at the ceilidh too.
The tutors, who will include Frank McConnell, Ruairidh Campbell, Lindsay Cherry, Anne Wood, Sheilah Cunningham, Lisa MacDonald, John MacFarlane and Margaret MacFarlane, will lead a ceilidh on Friday night, at Scourie Village Hall, from 6.30pm. Local band, the Sporadics, will also be playing.
To find out more, call Glenda on 01971 502420 or Lisa on 01971 502490 or email mskook abur firstname.lastname@example.org or eala @email. com.