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