Festival guaranteed with donation from Wind Farm developer

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Fèis an Rubha organisers were this week presented with a £2,000 donation from Stornoway Wind Farm developer, Lewis Wind Power (LWP) to help support the festival when it returns in August, following a three year hiatus.

The Fèis will give young people the chance to learn about the culture and language of the islands, through Gaelic song, dance, drama, and traditional music.

Fèis an Rubha had previously run between 2006 and 2008, but was subsequently put on hold due to a number of other events which were being held in 2009, such as the Year of Homecoming.

However, following the appointment of Colin George Morrison to the post of Gaidhlig Development Officer for the Broadbay area, and with the opening of the new Sgoil an Rubha (Point School), 2012 was seen as a good year to resurrect the event.

The money donated by LWP will help to go towards the tuition given to youngsters on a range of instruments such as fiddle, guitar, accordion, snare drum and classes in Gaidhlig singing, Gaidhlig drama as well as in Gaidhlig conversation.

The fèis in Sgoil an Rubha will begin on Monday 6 August and culminate with a Ceilidh on the following Friday evening where participants will demonstrate the skills which they acquired during the course of the week.

David Morrison, Community Liaison Officer for the Stornoway Wind Farm, said: “LWP is delighted to support the return of Fèis an Rubha. The local community is rightly proud of its culture, and it is important to ensure that future generations are exposed to the heritage of the islands.

“This is an example of the support that the community can expect when the community benefit fund derived from the wind farm is established.”

Pictured from left to right: David Morrison (Stornoway Trust), Zena Stewart (Point Councillor), Calum Macmillan, Donna Stewart, Hayley Macaskill (Fèis an Rubha) and Iain Maciver (Factor, Stornoway Trust)