Volunteers of Inverness-based Gaelic community arts festival, Fèis na h-Òige, were overjoyed at being able to hold their first in-person event in nearly two years last week (5th-9th July) as part of the Highland Council led Summer of Hope.
Fèis na h-Òige, meaning Festival of the Youth, held a series workshops through the medium of Gaelic in music, arts and crafts and sport for thirty children at Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis (BSGI).
Fèis Treasurer, Kirsteen Russell, said: “Fèis na h-Òige is absolutely delighted to work in conjunction with Highland Council through the Summer of Hope initiative and provide a mini-Fèis. The children have really liked being back together and we have lots of new youngsters who have never been before who have enjoyed the week. This is a great opportunity to ease them into the Fèis and ease ourselves back into it”.
Chair of The Highland Council’s Education Committee, Cllr John Finlayson, said: “Council staff have been working with Partners across Highland to create and deliver a programme of fun activities for our children and young people and the Summer of Hope programme is now underway. I would encourage Highland families to take a look at what is on offer in their area and take advantage of the fantastic sessions and events coming to so many communities over the next few weeks. This summer is a time to have fun, to recharge batteries, and to look ahead to hopefully, a less disrupted school session from August”.
The next workshops will be from 2nd – 6th August and are to open to children who attend BSGI. For more information and booking, please contact Dolina Grant on Dolina.Grant@highland.gov.uk or 07884 308751.