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      North & West Lewis News

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Gaelic-speaking artists, arts development workers and Gaelic-focused organisations are invited to register their place for the Buain Gaelic Arts gathering. 

The day-long event builds on the success of last September’s inaugural Gaelic arts and culture celebration hosted by Creative Scotland at Inverness WASPS Creative Academy.

This year’s day-long event will take place at Grinneabhat, Bragar,  on Wednesday 18 September, a meeting and cèilidh place within a community where Gaelic in the vernacular language. Gaelic is the primary language of the event, and speakers of all levels are welcome. 

Raghnaid Sandilands, Rhona Dougall & Mairi Kidd (Director at The Saltire Society) will be joining as speakers on the day to share their wide-ranging creative work from the fields of creative ethnology, placed-based engagement, and literature. There will be plenty of time throughout the day to chat, discuss and meet the other attendees.   

Attendees can also join a guided walk to experience the surrounding landscape and environment from a local’s perspective, and to round off the day, everyone is invited to enjoy a traditional ceilidh. 

The day will start from 09:45 with a welcome and morning coffee, formally starting at 10:15 and drawing to a close at 18:00, with transfers returning to Stornoway including drop-offs on the way. 

Anna MacQuarrie, Gaelic Arts Officer at Creative Scotland said: “The event last year sparked some exciting and fascinating conversation and we’re keen to carry that momentum forward into this year.  

“The Isle of Lewis provides the perfect setting to build on the event and improve the opportunity for networking and knowledge-sharing for Gaelic-speaking artists and practitioners. We hope to see returning faces as well as hearing from new voices and experiences.” 

Invited speakers and the full day’s programme will be announced in July. 

Anne Martin, a Gaelic singer from the Isle of Skye, commented on last year’s event: “What a fantastic opportunity for those involved in the creative arts. A chance to meet and share ideas in our own language. A great networking forum where practitioners, funders and supporters could mingle in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.”   

Creative Scotland is offering twenty bursaries of up to £350 each to help cover the cost of attending. Priority will be given to the self-employed, freelancers and those requiring support for travel, accommodation or care costs if travelling from a distance.  

More information on bursaries can be requested during registration.