Record­break­ing Mòd heads to Lochaber

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THE ROYAL Na­tional Mòd (Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail) will re­turn to Lochaber next month for what is set to be a record-break­ing year for the fes­ti­val.

Par­tic­i­pant num­bers at the Mòd this year are ex­pected to ex­ceed 3,600 – the high­est in a decade.

The nine-day spec­tac­u­lar of Gaelic mu­sic, arts and sport will take place in Fort Wil­liam for the first time in 10 years and will this year wel­come rep­re­sen­ta­tives from towns and cities the Mòd hasn’t seen in gen­er­a­tions.

Thou­sands of com­peti­tors from Scot­land and across the world, in­clud­ing a del­e­ga­tion of Amer­i­can com­peti­tors, will take part in 200 com­pe­ti­tions.

John Mor­ri­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of An Co­munn Gàid­healach, said: ‘We’re ex­cited to be re­turn­ing to Fort Wil­liam for the first time in 10 years and to do so with a record num­ber of par­tic­i­pants is just ter­rific. We’ve had a very busy year in the run-up to the fes­ti­val, from run­ning our pop­u­lar Mòd road­show which en­cour­ages chil­dren to take part, to our Mòd Academy bring­ing ded­i­cated Gaelic tu­tors to 14 schools through­out Scot­land.

‘We’re thrilled to have lo­cal celebri­ties Robert Robert­son, Ross Wil­son and Na h’Oganaich as part of this year’s open­ing cer­e­mony.’

Scot­land’s biggest Gaelic cul­tural fes­ti­val starts on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 13 with a torch­light pro­ces­sion through Fort Wil­liam to the Ne­vis Cen­tre where the open­ing cer­e­mony will be held.

High­land coun­cil­lor Alis­ter Mack­in­non said: ‘We are de­lighted the Royal Na­tional Mòd is re­turn­ing to Lochaber, an area where Gaelic and its as­so­ci­ated cul­ture re­mains part of the com­mu­nity.’

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