Ceòlas Symposium 2021

Ar Cànan

Aig Chridhe Coimhearsnachd Cruthachail

Balivanich Hall, Benbecula

Postponed until End of August / Beginning of September

Ceòlas has been working with Glasgow University towards bringing their students Uist to hear Gaelic in day-to-day usage in a total Immersion Course. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, the course had to be presented virtually.

A rapid response was set up to film and interview local people to ensure we had sufficient content for the students. The Ceòlas team were surprised by the depth of the language and recognised that although they themselves were fluent speakers, there was still a great amount to learn about the history and stories of Uist. The richness of the local language gathered from the videos was recognised by our Immersion Course tutors, so we decided to bring in some linguistic expertise from Edinburgh University to widen the understanding of how valuable a resource we have created. This project has also kindled an interest in people sharing their stories about the local language and their views on the strength of Gaelic in the community and it will be good to hear and share viewpoints on this.


2.00 – Gillebride MacMillan (University of Glasgow)

3.00 – Prof Wilson MacLeod (University of Edinburgh) Tradition, Renewal and Revitalisation

4.00 – Tea Break

4.30 – Film extracts from the course and discussion

5.30 – Supper

6.30 – Exploration of language usage and change – panel discussion

7.00 – Carriages home


2.00 – Guided Machair walk with Alasdair MacEachen, leaving from Balivanich Hall

3.30 – Dr. Will Lamb (University of Edinburgh) Dialectal variation from Eriskay to Berneray: a challenge for computers understanding spoken Gaelic?

4.30 – Shona MacLellan (Tasglann nan Eilean)

5.30 – Supper

6.30 – 8.00 Ceilidh with Morag MacDonald


Please phone the Ceòlas office to reserve a place,

01878 700154

or send an email to Peggy Ann MacMillan

stating whether you would like to attend Friday, Saturday or both days; and whether you will be staying for supper.