I was involved for a number of years in the running of Seachdain na Gàidhlig (Edinburgh Gaelic Festival). More recently an initiative has been launched, also called by the same name, that will have a national and even international focus. The website for this Seachdain na Gàidhlig is different from the one above and I have provided the link below.
My time with the Edinburgh Gaelic Festival was very rewarding and I looked forward to the opportunity to use my Gaelic skills for pretty much the whole of the week. One of the most difficult things about learning Gaelic (or any language really) is to get a chance to use it extensively in everyday life. This is really the only way that anyone can become fluent in any language.
These celebrations help to foster a sense of community for the Gaelic speakers of Edinburgh, Scotland and the wider world. Although I’m no longer in Edinburgh I am grateful to my friends and especially Bria Mason, the chair of our committee and driving force, for the enjoyment and opportunity I had to improve my Gaelic skills when Seachdain na Gàidhlig came around.
For the last year I was involved in Seachdain na Gàidhlig I organised a poetry event at COP26 in Glasgow as the two happened to coincide. The video of the event is still available to view on the COP26 YouTube channel.
Keep an eye on the events listing for Seachdain na Gàidhlig as there might be something going on near where you are or you could join in with an online event. Suas leis a’ Ghàidhlig!