Gaels are blown away by Easter arts fest

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

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

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