Youth­ful Mòd

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THE Royal Na­tional Mòd re­turns to Dunoon this month, with a spe­cial fo­cus on get­ting young peo­ple in­volved in Gaelic arts and cul­ture as part of Scot­land’s Year Of Young Peo­ple.

For the first time, An Co­munn Gàid­healach has ap­pointed a Young Per­son’s Com­mit­tee (Co­mataidh na h-òi­gridh), to help to shape this year’s an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of Gaelic lan­guage and cul­ture. The Gleus, or fine-tun­ing project, has funded tu­tors to teach Gaelic mu­sic, song and lan­guage in schools around Dunoon, while or­gan­is­ers have also es­tab­lished Gaelic drama work­shops.

A new Mòd Me­dia Club will al­low young peo­ple to cre­ate a pro­mo­tional film, and the fes­ti­val’s so­cial me­dia will also be taken over by young­sters.

Once again the fes­ti­val will host a range of chil­dren’s com­pe­ti­tions along­side the adult events, as well as a growing fringe pro­gramme in venues around Dunoon. Don’t miss the open­ing cer­e­mony, the gold medal fi­nals, the massed choirs, or the Mòd Shinty Cup Fi­nal.

Royal Na­tional Mòd, Dunoon, Oc­to­ber 12-20. www.an­co­munn.co.uk

Clann Throndair­nis from Skye dur­ing their win­ning per­for­mance at the 2017 Royal Na­tional Mòd in Lochaber

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