Following one of the most successful Blas Festivals yet, Fisean nan Gidheal is holding its Annual Conference today (Friday) and tomorrow at Dunblane Hydro, which will be addressed by the Minister for Gaelic, Dr Alasdair Allan MSP.
Dr Allan will launch Fisean nan Gidheal’s new Gaelic promotional campaign with leaflets being made available containing general information about Gaelic including the benefits of bilingualism, the opportunities speaking Gaelic can bring and ways in which adults can learn the language.
People will also be able to log onto www.feisean.org to hear the words and phrases in a newly produced phrase card being spoken and the bank of phrases and words will be augmented regularly.
Dr Allan said: “Recent research showed that there is a real appetite in Scotland to find out more about Gaelic and where to learn it. It also demonstrated how much the public at large value its place in Scottish culture.
“The campaign by Fisean nan Gidheal will raise awareness of the opportunities available around the country and help ensure that those who want to learn the language get the chance to do so.”
Fisean nan Gidheal’s Chair, Catriona MacIntyre, commented: “Gaelic is at the heart of all that Fisean nan Gidheal does and since we reach around 30,000 people annually between local Fisean, summer Cilidh Trails, the Blas Festival, regular traditional music tuition in schools and Gaelic drama work, we can get information on Gaelic to a large number of individuals. The new promotional materials were available at the recent Blas Festival and were very well received.”
Delegates at the conference will also hear about a major archiving project, Tobar an Dualchais, which has made available to the public several thousand hours of archive recordings from the School of Scottish Studies, the BBC and the John Lorne Campbell archives.