Celebrations put Gaelic in the spotlight

The University is hosting a week-long festival of events to celebrate Gaelic language and culture.

Seachdain na Gàidhlig or Gaelic Week is an annual opportunity for students, staff, the wider community to take part in events promoting Gaelic.

The week’s festival includes a rare opportunity to join a guided tour in Gaelic of the plant library at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Author John Murray will also deliver a talk on his recent book ‘Reading the Gaelic landscape’ and there will be presentations from Gaelic scholars from Cape Breton, an island on the Atlantic coast of North America.

Culture and language events

Other activities on offer include Gaelic conversation circles, a chance to try shinty with the University’s shinty club and an audience with Hugh Dan Maclennan, a broadcaster, author and sporting academic with a specific interest in the sport of shinty. He is a presenter on Aibisidh, a quiz show on BBC Alba.

There will also be a chance to learn about the School of Scottish Studies Archives - an extensive collection of audio recordings, photographs and manuscripts documenting Gaelic culture, folklore and history.

Gaelic Week is in line with the aims of the Gaelic Language Plan, and a demonstration of the University’s continued commitment and support for the language.

The University also runs a variety of Gaelic events throughout the academic year, including a free six-week Gaelic language course for staff.

Gaelic is a vibrant part of the diverse culture of the University and of Edinburgh. We are pleased to promote our second annual Seachdain na Gàidhlig, which offers students, staff and community members the opportunity to learn more about Gaelic, to use it and to celebrate its place here.

Bria MasonGaelic Officer