Gaels are blown away by Easter arts fest
OBAN’S Easter Fèis continues to be a popular choice for youngsters in the holidays.
More than 170 children and teenagers, aged between eight and 18, attended the Gaelic arts and culture festival this year.
The festival, which was held at Oban Primary campus from April 3-7, gives pupils the chance learn and hone skills in a variety of subjects including music, sport, drama and art – taught by 30 tutors from all over the country.
Throughout the week, the festivalgoers attended four classes per day, as well as spending a portion of their morning prepping for a final end- ofweek performance.
The final concert allows them to show off the new skills they have learned in front of their friends and family.
Ewan MacDonald, chairman of Fèis Latharna, said: ‘ We are delighted that everyone is having such a good time. There’s a lot of good music happening and a lot of learning.
‘We are glad it is so busy and we are trying to find out how we can continue to accommodate the growing num- bers. We are at capacity, so we closed bookings.
‘The week is going really well. We have 60 high school pupils here as well.
‘Something that we try to focus on is getting the best tutors from all over the country so even advanced pupils will still come here.
‘So it’s not just children trying things out for the first time – it’s for a variety of abilities.
‘ We are grateful to have support from Argyll and Bute Council and Fèisean nan Gàidheal. Without them, it would not be possible.’
Committee member Audrey MacFadgen, said: ‘ We are getting a lot of families from the islands and from other parts of the country and they are making this their Easter holidays.
‘ We try to have something for everyone.’
Ewan added: ‘We had our first Feis music session on Monday night in the back of Cuan Mor.’
Around 25 musicians consisting of tutors and advanced pupils were jammed into in the newly refurbished restaurant.
Some of this year’s Easter Fèis tutors. 17_t15Feis15 Can you guess what it is? The drama students act out an unusual wedding. The pipe band drumming class show off what they have learned. 17_t15Feis14 17_t15Feis13