Gaelic Week Edinburgh
Gaelic Week Edinburgh returns for a tenth year 19-25 February 2024. Find out about the history of Gaelic Week and what's in store this year.
Gaelic Week Edinburgh is a week-long series of events celebrating the Gaelic language, culture and community in Edinburgh, past and present, held in conjunction with the wider World Gaelic Week. This year, the University will be hosting a series of events 19-25 February 2024 to celebrate the tenth edition of the festival in Edinburgh.
Gaelic Week at the University
There are events for students and staff from all disciplines and abilities of Gaelic at this year's festival. Join us for a dance at our opening ceilidh with the University's Highland Society, learn about hosting Gaelic and BSL events at EUSA's special societies drop in for minority languages, and meet other Gaelic speakers and learners at our Pop-up Gàidhealtachd.
Find more events on our Gaelic Week Edinburgh programme linked below. Throughout the week, there will also be a 10% discount on Gaelic merchandise at the University of Edinburgh gift shop.
19:00-23:00, Friday 16 February 2024
Greyfriars Charteris Centre, 138-140 Pleasance, Edinburgh
Kick off Gaelic Week Edinburgh with the University’s Highland Society cèilidh. Expect plenty of dancing with music led by Gaelic singer, and Mòd gold-medalist Ruairidh Gray. All welcome!
16:00-17:00, Monday 19 February
EUSA Activities Office, Potterrow, Edinburgh
Questions about hosting minority language events? Come and join EUSA for this special societies drop-in focusing on delivering events and creating resources for Gaelic, BSL and other minority language speakers.
13:00-14:00, Friday 23 February
The Project Room, 50 George Square
The School of Scottish Studies Archives at the University of Edinburgh has a variety of exciting collections, including sound recordings, photographs and films. To find out more, join us for a lunch-time screening of archival material and contemporary works inspired by our recordings. Tea/coffee and cake will be available.
Gaelic Week in the city
In addition to events at the University, there will also be a series of excellent events taking place across the city. See below for some highlights and be sure to take a look at the full programme on the Gaelic Week Edinburgh website.
19:30-21:30, Wednesday 21 February
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
Mother. Often the first word we learn in the languages of our elders. But what shapes the words we use to tell our stories and sing our songs as we grow? Join us on International Mother Language Day for a cabaret of story, song and poetry in Gaelic, Scots, BSL, Ukranian, Crimean Tatar, and English. Featuring: Elzara Batalova, Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir, Olga Niekrasova, Tim Porteus & Evie Waddell.
14:00-16:30, Friday 23 February
Darroch, 7 Gillespie Street, Edinburgh
Come and experience a ‘Gaelic Hub’ for an afternoon! Activities for all ages, and for learners and fluent speakers, run by Ionad Gàidhlig Dhùn Èideann, Capital Gaelic, and by other Edinburgh Gaelic organisations. There will also be a café to relax and chat, and information on Gaelic activities in Edinburgh.
Gaelic Week Edinburgh, formally "Edinburgh Gaelic Festival", was established by the University of Edinburgh in 2014 as an annual festival celebrating the Gaelic community of Edinburgh past and present. After two successful festivals in the first year, the University joined forces with the City of Edinburgh Council to deliver Gaelic Week Edinburgh in 2015. The event is now run collaboratively between the two organisations, and at the same time as the wider World Gaelic Week, established in 2021.
If you are interested in finding out more, or would like to add an event to the online programme, please get in touch.