Fèisean nan Gàidheal nominated for three national awards

Fèisean nan Gàidheal is delighted to announce its nomination for three national awards recognising the organisation’s work this winter: two at the Gaelic Awards and another at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in December.

Now in their fourth year the Gaelic Awards, hosted by the Daily Record with support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, celebrate the efforts and successes in maintaining the growth and heritage of Gaelic culture, education and language. Fèisean nan Gàidheal is on the shortlist in the Gaelic Economy and Arts & Culture award categories.  Winners will be announced at the Gaelic Awards ceremony this evening, Wednesday 16th November, in Glasgow.

Meanwhile Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s heritage initiaive Fuaran is nominated for Community Project of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in December.

Fuaran is an inter-generational research project which offers young people the opportunity to research, record and perform Gaelic songs from their local communities with training and support from folklorists and tradition bearers.  The project has produced a free educational resource of 22 songs, available online and on a CD which has been distributed to schools, libraries, fèisean, heritage groups and historical societies.  22 high quality song videos have also been produced, subtitled in Gaelic and English, and are also available to view online.

Fèisean nan Gàidheal Chief Executive, Arthur Cormack, said:  “We at Fèisean nan Gàidheal are delighted and honoured to be nominated for three national awards and, whether we win or lose, we would like to thank our staff team, tutors and especially our volunteers without whose work all over the country this opportunity would not have arisen.  We’d also like to thank our funders for their continuing support which in turn allows us to continue to develop opportunities for participation and employment in the traditional arts, and to develop innovative projects such as Fuaran.”

The MG Alba Scots Music Trad Awards are decided by public vote: a short-list and an online voting form are available on the Hands Up for Trad website.  Voting is open until Friday 18th November.

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