Ceòlas is rooted within the Gàidhlig heartland of South Uist and is a distillation of the island’s culture and heritage. The organisation focuses on performance and education that celebrates and promotes local Gàidhlig culture and heritage, as well as the strong cultural links of the Gàidhealtachd diaspora.
Since its establishment in 1996 by Hamish Moore, Ceòlas has grown from a week-long music and dance school to become one of Scotland’s leading Gaelic culture, heritage and arts organisations. Ceòlas is a key driver in the island’s social and cultural resurgence and is committed to promoting a vibrant Gàidhlig culture for future generations.
Ceòlas employs 7 members of staff and is overseen by a board of 9 directors, supported by a community committee. Ceòlas is currently engaged in an ambitious project in partnership with Lews Castle College UHI, to develop a centre for Gàidhlig music, dance and culture at Cnoc Soilleir Dalabrog, South Uist.
In recognition of Ceòlas’ contribution to the community and local economy the organisation has been nominated for a number of prestigious awards:
- National Lottery Good Causes Awards (UK Finalist 2016)
- MG Alba & Daily Record Gaelic International Award for Art & Culture (Finalist 2016)
- MG Alba & Daily Record Gaelic International Award for our international work and profile (Winner 2015)
- Bòrd na Gàidhlig & Daily Record Gaelic as an Economic Asset (Winner 2014)
- MG Alba & Daily Record Gaelic International Award for Ceòlas’ EOST Project (Finalist 2013)
- Thistle Award Highlands & Islands for Cultural Tourism (Finalist)
- MG Alba Community Project of the Year (Winner 2008)
If you would like to support the work that we do, to help us deliver activity that promotes and celebrates Gàidhlig music, dance and culture or to help us achieve our ambitious building plans for Uist then we welcome donations big and small.