Seachdain na Gàidhlig

Gaelic Residential Events

Our next Gaelic Residential Event, for Gaelic learners (S1-4) will take place in Cromarty, from Sunday 18th – Tuesday 20th February 2024. 

As part of Seachdain na Gàidhlig (World Gaelic Week – Celebrating Scottish Gaelic across the Globe), Fèis Rois is holding a two-day Gaelic Residential event for young people, at The Old Brewery in Cromarty. The event takes place during the February mid-term, from Sunday 18th – Tuesday 20th February 2024, and is open to high school children in S1-4 who haven’t gone through Gaelic medium education, but are learning Gaelic in secondary school. 

It is a great opportunity for young people to immerse themselves in Gaelic through a range of workshops, sessions and activities. Rather than teaching Gaelic language and grammar, the workshops will focus on participatory activities through the medium of Gaelic – such as music, song, drama, dance, cookery, arts and crafts, knitting and storytelling – as well as communal meals and evening activities led by Gaelic speaking tutors and supervisors, including Artair Donald, Rona Wilkie and Sophie Stephenson.

The event will run from 5pm on Sunday 18th February, until 3pm on Tuesday 20th February. 

We are grateful for support from Seachdain na Gàidhlig and Bòrd na Gàidhlig for this event. 

We have a fantastic team of experienced tutors and supervisors lined up for this weekend:

Artair Donald

Artair Donald was brought up on the Isle of Tiree and has been acting professionally for over 30 years.  He has performed on radio, stage, television and film.  He is known for his regular appearances on the Gaelic TV soap Machair (STV) and appearing on Rab C. Nesbitt and Eilbheas (BBC Scotland). Recent credits include Outlander and Mary Queen of Scots. In addition to broadcast, he has also been working in theatre particularly Gaelic theatre development for many years, including with Cartoon Theatre. Artair regularly leads drama workshops with Secondary and Primary schools culminating in public performances and over several years he was the Artistic Director of the Gaelic Drama Summer School run by Fèisean nan Gàidheal. Recently he has returned to making puppet videos for young people as resource material and entertainment.

Rona Wilkie

Rona Wilkie is a fiddle player and Gaelic singer from Argyll. A winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year, Rona combines voice and fiddle to create a new and exciting perspective on Highland music, and has pushed the boundaries for fusion, combining her home tradition with many musicians from across the world. Not least among these is her debut album with Scandinavian Mandola player Marit Fält, which was widely critically acclaimed. She is also in demand as a composer, having written a New Voices for Celtic Connections, commissioned for string quartets and several film scores which went on to be nominated for awards at BAFTA and the Royal Television Awards. When not playing music, she is writing a PhD on Gaelic song of the Clearances at the University of Edinburgh where she is also a Teaching Fellow for Gaelic.

Sophie Stephenson

As well as being one of our Fèis Rois Gaelic Officers and organising this Gaelic weekend, Sophie will also be teaching step dance!

Sophie Stephenson is a traditional musician and step dancer from Fort Augustus, in the Scottish Highlands. Introduced to step dance by Harvey Beaton at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye, Sophie continued to build on her repertoire of steps, learning from dancers from Scottish, Cape Breton, Irish, Acadian and Quebecois traditions. Sophie is particularly interested in the rhythmical relationships between language, music, song and dance. Sophie has also developed TradBeats, a project which brings together the core elements of voice and movement through rhythm, with Gaelic mouth music, beatboxing, step dance and body percussion. 

Sophie Stephenson, Gaelic Officer

All of our tutors, supervisors and staff are experienced and skilled in working with young people and are members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme administered by Disclosure Scotland. Young people are supervised at all times and we work in accordance with Child Protection and Health & Safety Guidelines. 

We are grateful for the financial support from Seachdain na Gàidhlig and Bòrd na Gàidhlig which allows us to make this event ‘Pay what you can’, meaning families are able to pay what they can afford.

On the booking site, you will see four payment options, starting with “I can’t pay anything and would like to get a free place.” If you can pay more, then you have options to pay £25, £50, £75, £100 or £125.

£125 represents the cost of accommodation, food, workshops (including materials used during the workshops) and evening activities. We want every child to be able to take advantage of this opportunity, so please choose the payment option that suits you. The weekend can also be paid for in instalments. If you would like to pay this way, please contact Lorraine.

For any further queries about the weekend, please contact: sophie.stephenson@feisrois.org

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