NYC Tartan Week to feature Gaelic Mòd this April

| | Events, Gaelic Learning Communities, Gaelic News, Gaelic Song, National Mòd

For the first time, the New York City Tartan Week festival will feature a Scottish Gaelic song contest and Gaelic workshops, elevating the profile of Scottish Gaelic in New York City and its Tartan Week celebrations. Singers from across North America, Scotland, and beyond are invited to The NYC Tartan Week Mòd on Wednesday, April 12, and Thursday, April 13.

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Oidhche nam Bàrd coming Jan. 14

| | Events, Gaelic Learning Communities, Gaelic News, Uncategorized

Many people have heard of Robert Burns, the famous Scottish poet, but what about Alasdair Mac Mhaighstir Alasdair, Màiri Mhòr nan Òran, or Donnchadh Bàn? Those are just three of the thousands of Scottish Gaelic poets whose work isn’t often recognized outside the Gaelic-speaking community. Our remedy for that at An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (ACGA) is Oidhche nam Bàrd or the Night of the Bàrds, ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

ACGA Joins Gaelic Week Podcasts March 21-27

| | Events, Gaelic Learning Communities, History

An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (ACGA) is taking part in a podcast series exploring the Scottish Gaelic legacy and heritage within North America, from the Canadian Maritimes to California and the Canadian Prairies. The podcast series, “More than Kilts and Cabers: Scottish Gaelic Voices from North America,” will launch Sunday, March 21, with a new podcast each day throughout Seachdain na Gàidhlig, the first World Gaelic ...Read More

The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Worldwide Gaelic Week Coming in March

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The first international Scottish Gaelic Week — Seachdain na Gàidhlig — will be held March 21-27, with online and in-person events in Scotland and around the globe. “World Gaelic Week” will feature workshops, conversations, podcasts, and other types of events designed to promote the Gaelic language and encourage people to use it in their daily lives.

Each day of Seachdain na Gàidhlig will have a different ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Toronto to hold online Gaelic Fèis Oct. 15-16

| | Gaelic Learning Communities, Gaelic News

The Gaelic Society of Toronto will host an online Fèis, a traditional Gaelic arts and culture festival, Oct. 15-16. The event will start off with the Annual General Meeting of Comunn Gàidhlig Thoronto (CGT) on Friday Oct. 15, followed immediately by a cèilidh hosted by Gaelic singer Robyn Carrigan of Nova Scotia. David Livingston-Lowe will present a Gaelic Whisky toast.

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Forging Alliances Between Gaels, Indigenous Peoples

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Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir (the Baltimore Gaelic School) will hold the third online event in its Facing Our History series Sunday, Oct. 3, a discussion of the impact of colonialism on Scottish Gaels, their involvement in colonialism, and how Scottish Gaels and their descendents can become allies of indigenous peoples. This will be the first episode in the series where the guest comes ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Cape Breton’s Féis an Eilein Goes Virtual, Puts Concerts Online

| | Events, Gaelic Learning Communities, Gaelic Song

Many of us are missing the opportunity to travel to Cape Breton this year, especially to Féis an Eilein, which is celebrating its 30th year despite the coróna-bhioras (COVID-19).

The weeklong event in August is a highlight of the Gaelic year in Nova Scotia. The féis, held on Eilean na Nollaig or Christmas Island, is the first to be held outside Scotland.

But don’t despair. Even if ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Spring Scottish Gaelic Classes Planned for New York

| | Beginner, Gaelic Learning Communities, Gaelic Resources, Intermediate

The New York Caledonian Club, the heart of the Big Apple’s Gaelic Learning Community, is offering beginning and intermediate Scottish Gaelic classes this spring, and enrollment is open now.

The classes, which begin Feb. 25 and will run through May 5, will be held at the Ripley-Grier Studios in Midtown Manhattan, at 520 8th Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets).

The beginner’s class (Scottish Gaelic 101) will ...Read More
The American Scottish Gaelic Society

YouTube nan Gaidheal #1: Can Seo

| | Beginner, Gaelic Education, Gaelic Learning Communities, Gaelic Resources

Since its launch in February 2005, YouTube has changed the way a generation consumes video content, and now it offers new ways to learn languages, including Scottish Gaelic.

There’s a vast and growing amount of material about Scottish Gaelic and in Gàidhlig available on YouTube, which is big enough now to challenge more traditional television, cable and streaming content for viewer’s interest. That material isn’t collated ...

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The American Scottish Gaelic Society

Cracking the ‘Halloween Nut’ in North Carolina: A Free Public Event

| | Events, Gaelic Learning Communities, Organization

You may be aware that Halloween is derived from the Gaelic (and more broadly, Celtic) festival of Oidhche Shamhna and Samhain. The festival, with its pre-Christian roots, commemorated the last phase of the harvest season, ancestors, and the end of the old (agricultural) year. But how much do you really know about the Samhain customs and beliefs of the Scottish Highlanders?

To dig past the commercial ...Read More