Urquhart Castle to host flagship event celebrating Gaelic culture


15 January 2020
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A unique light and music event celebrating Gaelic culture will take place at Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness, in October.

Aiseag, which means ‘crossing’ or ‘sea journey’ in English, and will take place over the weekend of 10 and 11 October with a highlight event on the evening of 11 October.

The event will explore and celebrate Gaelic culture, heritage and tradition and its association with coasts and waters through 'creative technologies and unique performances'.

Over the weekend visitors will have the opportunity to try crafts, view artistic performances and hear about the history and folklore associated with our waterways.

The weekend’s celebrations will culminate in a spectacular live concert accompanied by a visual exploration of Scotland’s coastal heritage. Immersive images will be projected onto the castle walls, taking visitors on a journey around Scotland’s northern coast and waterways celebrating their connections with Gaelic culture.

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An outreach programme will run in the lead-up to the event with local partners to develop content which will be featured at Aiseag. This co-creation of content will include work by local young people.

Enjoy the celebration

HES chief executive Alex Paterson said: 'Scotland’s coasts and waters have shaped our rich history through stories, culture, and way of life, and by using music and light to celebrate this, we hope to highlight our unique relationship with the natural and historic environment.

'The event, held at Urquhart Castle, has something for everyone. From family-friendly activity to contemporary musical performances, where better to experience this one-off event than on the banks of Loch Ness?'

Aiseag forms part of our Gaelic Language Plan 2018-2023 which outlines its commitment to acknowledging and promoting Gaelic language and culture as an important and valuable part of Scotland’s historic environment.

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