Creative Scotland announced Open Project Funding for Ceòlas Uibhist towards its 2018 Gaelic arts programme.
The award is for a total of £41,180 against a range of events including the annual summer school, community heritage symposium, Fèis Chullaig and new bilingual book festival Às an Tobar.
The announcement comes during the run-up to one of the busiest summer seasons on record for the Uist-based organisation. The 2018 summer school will be welcoming back traditional artists from across Scotland, Europe and Canada, including Mary Jane Lamond, Mats Melin, Kenneth MacKenzie and Shelly Campbell.
“The funding will allow Ceòlas to continue to deliver such a strong Gaelic arts programme, both in Uist and further afield,” commented Mary Schmöller, Officer Manager.
“Last year, we increased our diaspora events taking place in the Central Belt. As in 2017, we plan to be a part of Seachdain na Gàidhlig, Edinburgh’s Gaelic Festival, again in November in 2018, and also organise a performance at Celtic Connections in Glasgow.”
“We will also be sending staff and directors to the Willie Clancy Summer School in County Clare, Ireland, this year, and this will enable us to compare best practice with other bilingual organisations.”
“The funding also allows us to run additional projects, such as a new bilingual heritage booklet aimed both at local and tourist markets, which we hope to produce for spring 2019.”