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The online entry system to compete in this year’s Royal National Mòd closes soon. Individual and group competitors wishing to take part in the 2024 event, taking place from 11-19 October in Oban, have until midnight on Friday 31 May to submit their entries.

This year marks a homecoming for the iconic event, Scotland’s premier celebration of the Gaelic language, music and culture, as it returns to Oban for the 17th time.

Oban is the home of the Mòd, with An Comunn Gàidhealach, the organisation which runs the Royal National Mòd and a network of local Mòds across Scotland, founded there in 1891. They went on to hold the first ever Mòd in the Argyllshire town the following year.

The full list of competitions taking place for Oban’s 2024 Mòd, including singing, bàrdachd, instrumental, drama and Highland dancing categories, can be found in the Mòd syllabuses at ancomunn.co.uk/nationalmod/syllabus and entries can be submitted before the end of the month at https://enter.ancomunn.co.uk/.

Marina MacKay, Mòd Officer at An Comunn Gàidhealach, said: “With just over two weeks until competition entries close, I strongly encourage anyone thinking about applying for the 2024 Mòd to submit their application and make sure they are part of this year’s spectacular event in Oban.

"Last year’s Mòd in Paisley welcomed over 8,000 visitors, including over 2,000 participants, to over 200 events and we expect this year’s festival to bring together even more people to celebrate Gaelic music and culture. We’re looking forward to welcoming Scotland’s best singers and players from across the Gaeldom to this year’s festival.”

The Royal National Mòd is supported by EventScotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Argyll and Bute Council, EventScotland, The Scottish Government, HIE, Caledonian MacBrayne, BBC ALBA and SQA.