Young people at Dealbh Ealain
24 April 2007
24 April 2007
Dealbh Ealain – the Gaelic Arts Conference being organised by Pròiseact nan Ealan on behalf of GASD –will be held in An Lanntair on the 8th and 9th May. The conference boasts a full programme, with both daytime and evening events. The event will kick off with registration and lunch on Tuesday at 12:30, followed by two days of first class speakers, showcases and workshops, and to top it all, a ceilidh on the Tuesday night.
It is hoped that the conference will attract a wide range of delegates from different backgrounds and sectors. As well as practitioners, funders, and artists, organisers are hoping that students and young people will attend, and contribute to the debate on the future of the Gaelic arts. Practically. It will be a brilliant chance for any young person hoping to work in the Gaelic arts to meet potential employers, learn about the sector including tactical skills from workshops, and to network.
Michelle Morrison, a student of Gaelic and Media Studies at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, but better known as a member of Gaelic girl group Teine, will be travelling from Skye with a group of fellow students for the conference. She commented "I think this conference is important for students and young people working in the Gaelic arts as this is a great opportunity to see, hear and learn what's going on in the arts at the moment. We are the next generation so it is important for us to learn from those who have been in the Gaelic arts before us. Every young person should attend, as I believe they will highly benefit from this two day long conference."
A more detailed programme and list of speakers has also been announced this week, including John Angus Mackay – former director of the Gaelic Media Service - as keynote speaker. Other speakers include Agnes Rennie, Alan Sproull, and Arthur Cormack. and can be seen on PnE’s website – www.gaelic-arts.com. The full programme will be announced later this week.
GASD are keen that anyone interested in the future of the Gaelic arts should be able to attend. Commun Na Gaidhlig will be providing translation facilities for non-Gaelic speakers and bursaries are available for travel and accommodation. Anyone interested in attending the conference is being encouraged to register as soon as possible - places are limited and available on a first come first served basis. Delegates can register for the event by downloading the booking form on PnE’s website (www.gaelic-arts.com) or phoning Marisa at PnE (01851 704493, Marisa@gaelic-arts.com).