Seachdain na Gàidhlig aims to promote Gaelic for all, through official events and community initiatives, akin to Seachdain na Gaeilge in Ireland and Mìos nan Gàidheal in Nova Scotia. Taking place from 20th – 26th February 2023, it will provide the opportunity for both Gaelic speakers and learners to get involved and celebrate the language at home and internationally.
A new funding pot has today been announced for the 2023 event, which will allow people to apply for up to £500 to run events and activities in their communities to celebrate Gaelic. Backed by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, applications are open now at https://seachdainnagaidhlig.scot/.
James Graham, Chief Executive Officer of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said: “Young Gaelic speakers are very important in shaping the future of our community, and these events today highlight their incredible skills and potential. We’re particularly excited for the first ever Struth event and to give youngsters an opportunity to engage in everyday chat with some of the best-known Gaelic speakers in Scotland.
“The Mòd is a unique platform for the promotion of Gaelic language and culture and it’s fantastic to start the week with the official launch of World Gaelic Week 2023. It’s always exciting to see the new, innovative ways our community comes together to promote the language for all.”
Joy Dunlop, Director Seachdain na Gàidhlig, said: “We’re delighted to announce the second ever Seachdain Na Gàidhlig with this year’s theme being Coming Together, inspired by the post-pandemic recovery.
“The first official Gaelic language week ever held in Scotland took place last year. It was a great success and we can’t wait to build on this in 2023. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to celebrate and use Gaelic in their daily lives and recognise the language nationally and internationally.
“We would encourage any group, big or small, interested in organising an event as part of Seachdain Na Gàidhlig to apply for one of our small grants.”
The Royal National Mòd is supported by EventScotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Perth & Kinross Council, The Scottish Government, Caledonian MacBrayne and SQA.