february fèisean – music, drama, dancing, art and fun!

Thursday 5th February 2015

Volunteers, staff and tutors at fèisean across Scotland are busy preparing a bumper month of traditional arts activity for young people over the February mid-term break.

Fèis Mhuile (‘The Mull Fèis’) takes place over Friday 13th and Saturday 14th February in Bunessan Primary School. This is an exciting time for this recently revitalised fèis and the new committee has a fabulous line up of tutors in store offering classes in accordion, piping, guitar, keyboard, drumming, step dance and singing. Whilst these workshops are aimed at 8 to 18 year olds a Fèis Bheag for ages 3 to 7 will ensure the wee ones don’t miss out on the fun and the adults will also get a chance to join in at the fèis dance in the Bunessan Hall on Saturday 14th from 9pm. For more information and booking please contact Morven Gibson on 01681 708 000 or mgibson@swmid.co.uk. You can also find Fèis Mhuile on Facebook.

Fèis Dhùn Èideann is set for a busy three days with their annual fèis running over Saturday 14th, Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th February in Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce, Edinburgh. This fèis is split into two with workshops for secondary school pupils on Saturday followed by music, singing and dancing activities for primary school pupils on Monday and Tuesday. To book your place or find out more please contact Gillian MacDonald on feisdhuneideann@feisean.org or 07514 386925.

Monday 17th February sees the return of Fèis an Iar Thuath, an annual two day fèis taking place in Scourie.  This year’s fèis will offer workshops for young people aged 8 to 18 in fiddle, accordion, chanter, guitar, drama, groupwork as well as an all-new percussion class. A Fèis Bheag also offers art and music play activities for younger children. On Monday evening the fèis will hold a family cèilidh in Scourie Village Hall with music from the top class tutor team. For more information and booking please contact Sheilah Cunningham on 01971 502 072 / sheilahcunninham@btinternet.com or visit www.feisean.org and follow the links for Fèis an Iar Thuath.

In Bowmore on Islay Fèis Òigridh Ìle is Dhiura (‘The Islay & Jura Youth Fèis’) is taking place from Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th February. With plenty of classes offered in many different instruments and lots of evening activities planned this three day event will offer something for everyone. You can find out more about Fèis Òigridh Ìle is Dhiùra from Sharon McHarrie on 01496850482 or sharonmcharrie@gmail.com.

On Saturday 21st February Nairn is the setting for Fèis Inbhir Narainn’s annual one day music extravanganza which offers a truly special family day out. This year includes a Fèis Bheag for young children, a series of groupwork workshops catering for all levels of ability as well as mini-workshops and masterclasses in fiddle, percussion, Gaelic song, Scots song, tin whistle, accordion, step-dancing and song-writing. Special mini-workshops in the afternoon present an ideal opportunity to try out a new instrument or activity. All events take place in Nairn Community Arts Centre and adults as well as children are welcome to take part. The jam-packed event doesn’t finish with the workshops: the all star team of tutors will play for a family cèilidh on Saturday night from 7pm in Nairn Community Arts Centre. For full information, timetables, pricing and booking forms please visit www.feisinbhirnarainn.co.uk or contact Rhona MacDonald on 01667 462 681. You can also find Fèis Inbhir Narainn on Facebook and Twitter.

And over the same weekend from Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd February Fèis Loch Abair nan Deugairean or ‘The Lochaber Teenage Fèis’ will take place in Mallaig High School. This annual event aims to bring the participants of the various fèisean in Lochaber together and presents a great opportunity for young musicians to learn about the rich cultural heritage of Lochaber whilst getting to know their peers. Workshops on offer include fiddle, pipes, guitar, accordion, clarsach, singing and step-dancing and these are open to any secondary school aged pupil. Accommodation and meals are available for those travelling specially to Mallaig: for more information and booking please contact Vicky Maclean on 01397 704132 or vicky@feisean.org.

As well as this February’s wide range of annual activities many fèisean also run weekly and monthly classes all year round – you can find out what’s happening in your area through our fèis map or by contacting Fèisean nan Gàidheal on 01463 225559 or brath@feisean.org. You can also find out all the latest fèis news through Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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