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Applecross Bealach Group to host action-packed event for World Gaelic Week

By Rachel Smart

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The Bealach Group is hosting an action packed event at Applecross Community Hall. Picture: Applecross Community Hall
The Bealach Group is hosting an action packed event at Applecross Community Hall. Picture: Applecross Community Hall

Seachdain na Gàidhlig (World Gaelic Week) has been taking place this week with the theme Do Chànan. Do Chothrom, which translates to Your Language. Your Opportunity.

Bealach Group based in Applecross has been named among the groups across Scotland taking part in the first official nationwide language week of its kind, from February 19 to 25.

‘Cafaidh Gàidhlig’ is taking place tomorrow (February 23) at Applecross Community Hall offering a relaxed intergenerational afternoon of Gaelic activity.

The event will include a children's sing along, food, a workshop exploring traditional waulking songs with Gaelic singer Anne Martin, a fun and informal activity combining traditional cloth working techniques with Gaelic song. Coffee and sweet treats will be served at the café and it will be an opportunity for Gaelic learners of all levels and fluent speakers to come together.

Conversation prompts, games and activities will be available to support learners of all levels during the Café.

Derek MacLennan, chairman of the Bealach Group said: “We are very pleased to be hosting this event as part of Seachdain na Gàidhlig as it reflects the continued enthusiasm for the preservation of our native language that we share in Applecross.”

The Applecross event is one of 53 taking place across 17 council areas which have been funded with help from the Small Grants Fund, supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Joy Dunlop, director of Seachdain na Gàidhlig, added: “Seachdain na Gàidhlig is an inclusive week, designed to encourage everyone to embrace and express what the Gaelic language signifies to them and act as an important celebration of our cultural identity.

"Over the past two years, we've witnessed an incredible response, with Gaelic speakers and learners of all proficiencies seizing the opportunity to celebrate and share the language through various

creative avenues. We are delighted the Bealach group will be part of this year’s celebrations and look forward to seeing their activities come to life next month.”

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