Gaelic Festival returns

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Later this week will see the return of Edinburgh’s annual Gaelic Festival or Seachdain na Gàidhlig.

Now in its eighth year, the city-wide festival is a celebration of language, with events inviting all ages and linguistic abilities to explore different aspects of Gaelic culture.

The Gaelic Festival brings together people from across the City.

The opening event on Friday 5 November will see researchers from the University’s Bilingualism Matters Centre, in the School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences, share their work on the benefits of speaking more than one language, as well as recent work into Gaelic and language policy.

Other events include a celebration of Gaelic songs, a lecture in memory of the writer Colin Cameron, and even an exploration into using Gaelic on TikTok.

There will also be an opportunity to learn about campaigns to establish Gaelic across Scotland, which will help to strengthen the language across the country.

More information can be found on the Gaelic Festival website.

Photography: Neil Hanna – this image was taken before the pandemic.