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Royal National Mòd 2021 will promote Inverness and the Highlands across the world at a 'different' type of cultural festival


By Louise Glen

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The crowds in front of Inverness Castle. The massed choirs of the Royal National Mod 2014 provided a wonderful finale to the renowned Gaelic music event. Picture: Alison White. Image No.027174.
The crowds in front of Inverness Castle. The massed choirs of the Royal National Mod 2014 provided a wonderful finale to the renowned Gaelic music event. Picture: Alison White. Image No.027174.

Royal National Mòd organiser, An Comunn Gàidhealach, has confirmed that it intends to deliver the event in Inverness this year between October 8 and 16 – and that work is underway to finalise the structure of this year’s festival.

As a consequence of the restrictions which the Covid-19 regulations impose on gatherings of this kind, the organisers have announced that this year’s National Mòd in Inverness will be more in the nature of a cultural showcase celebration with considerably fewer competitions being possible.

An Comunn Gàidhealach chief executive James Graham said: “It is a hugely challenging task to compile a festival syllabus where pandemic regulations are so seriously restrictive, and where we cannot predict with any certainty what might happen between now and October.

"We are working closely with our main stake-holders with the aim of producing an innovative and attractive event. An event which will promote the status of Gaelic and bring enjoyment to viewers and listeners, and which will simultaneously promote the capital city of the Highlands across the world.

"We intend to capitalise on what was learned when we successfully produced the Mòd Online in 2020, for the first time, when the planned event had to be postponed because of coronavirus.

He continued: “Recognising that the event programme will require to be as flexible as possible in order to respond to any unforeseen changes, the preparatory work on that programme has just started and we plan to publish more details towards the end of May. At this stage we wish to inform friends and supporters of the Mòd everywhere that we will have a festival this year, and that they will have an opportunity to support what will take place.

“I would like to thank Bord na Gaidhlig, Scottish Government, and the Highland Council for their continuing support through this challenging period, and also private sector sponsors of

the Mòd.”

READ: Uncertainty hangs over Inverness Royal National Mòd taking in October because of Covid crisis


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