Fèisean across the country will make a welcome return to in-person activities during the Easter holidays after a 2-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic. A number of week-long tuition events, workshop days and concerts will be held during the school break, welcoming hundreds of excited young people who will have the opportunity to learn traditional music, Gaelic song drama and art from highly skilled tutors, all of which will be organised by volunteer-led committees.
During the pandemic Fèisean embraced digital technology and continued to deliver varied programmes of tuition with regular online lessons and workshops, keeping participants engaged and providing employment opportunities for tutors who lost other sources of income. This has been a positive step for Fèisean, with many additional skills gained by committees and tutors and the young people who were able to access these opportunities.
With restrictions being eased, Fèisean now have the opportunity to return to face-to-face activities, which is very much welcomed by committees, tutors and participants alike.
Development Manager Calum Alex MacMillan said:
“With financial support from Creative Scotland, HIE, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, The Highland Council and Argyll & Bute Council, Fèisean nan Gàidheal is delighted to assist Fèisean as they make a return to in-person events over the Easter holidays. Covid has caused so many events and activities to be cancelled or postponed, with our young people missing out on so much. Although the focus of the Fèisean is tuition in the traditional Gaelic arts, they provide much more than that, giving young people and their communities opportunities to come together and learn, socialise, develop skills and knowledge of their culture as well as supporting the local economy. It is fantastic to see the excitement and enthusiasm of the Fèis committees and we wish them every success with their upcoming events”.
For more information on Fèisean events visit www.feisean.org or find us on facebook.com/feisean.