Isle of Lewis black­houses wel­come fèis young­sters

The Oban Times - - News -

AROUND 18 Gaelic-speak­ing se­condary school pupils made their way to Geàr­ran­nan Black­houses, on the Isle of Lewis, last week to take part in this year’s Fèisean nan Gàid­heal, 5 Latha.

Now in its sixth year, 5 Latha of­fers a unique op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pants to ex­pe­ri­ence life in a Gaelic-speak­ing com­mu­nity, tak­ing part in a pro­gramme of tra­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and work­shops over five days.

Through­out the week, the group was given the op­por­tu­nity to learn about the Har­ris Tweed in­dus­try, spend a day croft­ing, cut peats and take part in craft and cook­ery work­shops.

They also learned mu­sic and song with lead­ing mu­si­cians Nor­rie MacIver and Rob­bie Greig.

Calum Alex Macmil­lan, Fèisean nan Gàid­heal’s de­vel­op­ment man­ager, said: ‘ We are de­lighted to have at­tracted 18 par­tic­i­pants to this year’s event. It’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for the group to learn about tra­di­tional com­mu­nity life and the work of the area and to use and de­velop their lan­guage skills.

‘We are in­debted to the lo­cal com­mu­nity at the Geàr­ran­nan for the sup­port and kind­ness they show us each year, which adds sig­nif­i­cantly to the ex­pe­ri­ence gained by the par­tic­i­pants.’

A spe­cial ceilidh was held in Car­loway Com­mu­nity Hall, on Thurs­day April 12, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Car­loway Gaelic Choir, where fam­ily and friends heard 5 Latha par­tic­i­pants and tu­tors per­form.

Or­gan­is­ers also re­vealed that Fèisean nan Gàid­heal, with sup­port from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, will or­gan­ise 5 Latha nan Oileanach for univer­sity and col­lege stu­dents be­tween June 5 and 10 this year. The event will be open to stu­dents who have at least an intermediate abil­ity in the lan­guage with a range of lan­guage learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties or­gan­ised for the week, as well as a pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Smiles all round from some of the young­sters who at­tended the sixth Fèisean nan Gàid­heal, 5 Latha, on the isle of Lewis.

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