Gaelic Hub returns to the Merchant City Festival

Gaelic Hub returns to the Merchant City Festival

SALT Merchant City Festival 2016

A Merchant City Festival favourite, the Gaelic Hub is returning as part of the fantastic line up for this year’s festival.

The Gaelic Hub (ÀIRC IV) will be open daily from 11am to 5pm at The Briggait, Glasgow, from Saturday 30 July to Sunday 7 August.

ÀIRC IV provides a friendly social space for chat and meet-up, and a place for everyone visiting the festival to discover their interests and links to Gaelic Culture through a free programme of workshops, talks, film screenings, ceilidhs and an exhibition.

One of Gaeldom’s most celebrated poets Murdo MacFarlane is the subject of a contemporary exhibition and archive, Le Mùirn (with affection). Curated and commissioned by Cèol ‘s Craic, the exhibition explores the musical relationship between MacFarlane and Gaelic singer Margaret MacLeod. An accompanying book compiled by Catriona Murray will also be published. There will be a launch for the book and exhibition on Friday 29 July at 7pm.

A programme of morning workshops and talks from 11am-1pm and afternoon Ceilidh’s from 2pm-4pm supported by LearnGaelic.Scot, An Lòchran, Piping Live! and Cèol ‘s Craic and daily film screenings supported by BBC ALBA will also be presented for everyone to drop in and enjoy.

As part of the Gaelic arts strand at the Merchant City Festival, young people aged 13 – 16 can also explore ideas around culture through a curated programme of workshops and traditional ceilidhs , Staing (Stance) which takes place on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 August.

Glasgow Councillor Philip Braat, Chair of the Merchant City Festival steering group said: “The Gaelic Hub at the Merchant City Festival will be a welcoming, relaxed place to enjoy and learn about Gaelic arts. I’d encourage everyone coming along to enjoy this year’s Merchant City Festival to drop in to the Hub and discover more about the rich traditions and vibrant future of Gaelic culture.”

The Gaelic Hub is free and un-ticketed. Fàilte chridheil blàth dhuibh uile.

Staing (Stance) is ticketed at £30.

The Merchant City Festival presents some of the best of Scottish and international art and entertainment with a programme of street arts, music, theatre, food & drink, visual art, film, comedy, dance, fashion & design and children & families activities, while at the same time showcasing the unique cultural hub that is the Merchant City.

To find out more visit www.merchantcityfestival.com

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