This weekend will see 40 representatives of the Fèis movement throughout Scotland gathering in Fort William for two days of training on subjects of particular interest to Fèis organisers.
There are cultural subjects - Gaelic and music - as well as workshops dealing with child safety, the law, technical topics, and running a Fèis.
Arthur Cormack, CEO of Fèisean nan Gàidheal said “This is an excellent opportunity for the Fèisean to get together for training which is necessary to their operations, but can also be used in other situations. Fèisean nan Gàidheal is very happy to offer this with support from Creative Scotland and HIE.”
Fèis organisers will be participating in first aid, Gaelic (at 4 levels), Using PA, safety and technical issues in event management, legal and organisational subjects, child protection and risk assessment, music as therapy, and Fèis networking. It is not all hard work, however, as a cèilidh with Achnaba is included in the programme for Saturday evening.
Iona MacDonald, Training and Policy Officer with Fèisean nan Gàidheal sees this as a useful event for the Fèisean too. “It’s good to get the chance to gather informally at the end of the day, in good company and with local music. The Fèis organisers work very hard to run their own Fèisean, and it is appropriate that they should get something back. I enjoy meeting with them – people I know, and people I haven’t met – and to see them at the end of the session going home with new information, new ideas, new friends, and with the intention of coming back next year!”