Summer has arrived and nothing says summer like a community event!

Here are some of the family friendly community events taking place in towns and villages across Renfrewshire this summer.

Saturday 1 June

Kilbarchan Lilias Day 12pm-5pm

Lilias Day has been celebrated in the village of Kilbarchan for over 300 years. The day kicks off with a parade through the village with local pipe bands and community decorated floats. The parade ends in Kilbarchan public park. Where there will be a whole host of entertainment, food and drink stalls and market stalls to keep the family busy.

Check out the full Lilias Day programme.

Houston Agricultural Show from 9am

Taking place at Houston Playing Fields, the Houston and Killellan Agricultural Show is back! Showcasing the very best of agricultural livestock and horses. Plus stalls from local businesses, the show is a popular family day out for the local community. Don’t miss Houston’s Got Talent – kicking off at 12noon.

Inchinnan Gala Day 11am-3pm

Hosted by Inchinnan Parish Church, Inchinnan Gala Day is back for 2024. Featuring live entertainment, zumba sessions, face painting, games and a variety of stalls.

Large cat costume at Renfrew Gala Day 2023

Sunday 2 June

Renfrew Gala Day 12pm-5pm

Held at Robertson Park, Renfrew Gala Day promises an exciting array of toe-tapping activities for all the family including a funfair, inflatables, face painting and more. A parade will set off from Dunlop Crescent at midday, led by the Renfrewshire Schools Pipe Band, and will feature a variety of local community groups.

Saturday 8 June

Bridge of Weir Gala Day from 12pm

The annual Bridge of Weir Gala Day kicks off the village’s Festival Week. Join us for a themed parade through the town at midday on the second Saturday in June. This year’s theme is the circus! At Houston Road Park the community can enjoy a range of stalls, exhibits, fun and games, entertainment and food offerings.

Lochwinnoch Gala Day from 12.30pm

Lochwinnoch’s Gala Day Parade sets off from Auld Simon at 12.30pm. Then heading to Lochwinnoch public park for a day of community fun. This year’s gala day has a western theme and the community have been hard at work practicing their line dancing in preparation! Don’t miss the fancy dress competition judging at 1pm!

Saturday 15 June

Bishopton Day 12pm-5pm

Head down to Bishopton Rugby Field for this year’s Bishopton Day! The annual parade will leave Bishopton Primary at midday and head to the field for a day of family fun, activities, stalls and live entertainment. The theme for 2024 is the 90s!

Check out the full programme for Bishopton Week.

Kilbarchan Agricultural Show from 10am

Enjoy a family day out in the countryside at the Kilbarchan Agricultural Show. Judging of cattle, sheep and horses begins at 10am in the roadside field at Monklands Farm with entertainment running from 11am. There’s something for everyone to enjoy from animals, tractors and motorbikes to baking, crafts, trade stalls and food and drink offerings. This year the Royal Highland Educational Trust will be on hand with interactive activities related to food, farming and other rural industries.

Model train at Barshaw Gala Day 2023

Saturday 22 June

Barshaw Gala Day 11am-4pm

Paisley’s prettiest park always plays host to a fantastic day of family fun when the gala day comes around each year. Look out for the iconic model train, feed the ducks and enjoy an afternoon packed with entertainment.

Elderslie Community Summer Fayre from 1pm

Kicking off at 1pm in Elderslie Village Hall, the fayre will provide a wide range of entertainment, including inflatables, fencing, silent disco and face painting.


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Unleash the roar! Iconic dinosaurs are coming to Paisley this summer.

Paisley First re bringing Iconic Bricks Dinosaurs to Paisley town centre – don’t miss this fun and free family day out!

Marvel at the amazing brick-built dinosaurs as Paisley town centre goes Jurassic from Saturday 22 June until Monday 19 August.

This exciting free trail brings the fascinating world of dinosaurs to life using toy bricks.There are 18 Iconic Bricks models to find – be wowed by the impressive Triceratops, a colourful Stegosaurus and a huge Iguanodon to name just a few, not forgetting the adorable herd of baby dinosaurs!

Running every day of the school summer holidays, take part in the trail and you can enter a raffle to win one of the baby dinos, Teddy the T-Rex.

Chair of Paisley First, Elaine Templeton, said: “We know that our summer brick trails are a huge hit with families of all ages from across Scotland, and we know dinosaurs are even bigger, so we can’t wait to welcome visitors to Paisley this summer for this iconic free day out!”

Once the trail is underway, just pick up a trail leaflet and your free activity sheet from leaflet racks in the Paisley Centre and the Piazza Shopping Centre and let the adventure begin. Once you have completed the trail, post your entry forms into the Iconic Dinosaurs post-boxes in either shopping centre to enter a prize draw with two children’s summer hampers up for grabs.

Paisley is the only place to be this summer – it’s going to be Dino-mite!

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Pull on your trainers and join in – taking in some of Paisley’s most iconic landmarks along the way!

Just click on the link below to sign up:

Sign up for Paisley 10k Road Race with Fun Run 2024

My 10k story

Following an accident 6 years ago, Dr Julie McElroy found her options more limited, but in 2023 she completed the Paisley 10k with the help of her Frame Runner.

Julie said: “Last year, the cheers from my fellow runners when they were shouting ‘keep left’ so that I could bypass some of the slower runners was immensely helpful. It’s great when navigating downhill and through the bustling high street, feeling energised by the supportive crowd.”

Julie added that participating in the Paisley 10k with a Frame Runner allowed her to advocate for inclusion, demonstrating her capability to engage in mainstream activities alongside others – and it reminds her of her past. She said: “Paisley has been integral to my journey. Spending a decade studying at the University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus holds significant memories for me. Being able to run alongside everyone and experience the atmosphere, passing through familiar streets makes the navigation and enjoyment worthwhile.”

Euan McCracken has run the Paisley 10k twice and is keen to beat his personal best.

He said: “I find the event a tremendous experience. Not only does it encourage an impressive number of runners across the country, but also attracts a big crowd who create a terrific atmosphere throughout the town. You can really feed off the crowd energy to push through the finish line.

Chris Brown is determined to better his five previous times for the ‘bragging rights’, particularly as he’s ‘not getting any younger’.

He added: “Running round our Paisley landmarks with the huge numbers that come to support and cheer you on is a great feeling. The route is always lined with people cheering you on and its never dull. The home straight and finish line are always exciting and gives you that wee boost when you need it!”

But it’s not all serious runners. Angela Hamilton from Lochwinnoch took part in last year’s Fun Run with her 5-month-old daughter, Poppy. Her husband ran his first 10k and was so inspired, he signed up for the 2024 London Marathon.

Angela said: “The event allowed me to take part in the Fun Run with my daughter in the pram, so it meant that I wasn’t having to miss out and I was able to take her along with me. It is also local to me and a great excuse for a different activity to do as a family.”

Discover our top ten indoor places for kids and families

It’s cold and wet outside and you’ve been cooped up in the house all day. The phrase “I’m bored” has been uttered more than a few times.

Time to get out and explore some of the indoor treats that Renfrewshire has to offer. Here’s our top 10 to get you through the festive school holidays!

Paisley Central Library

The stunning new home for library services in the heart of Paisley is now open and is a great place to stop by with the kids. Head for the children’s library – a bespoke storytelling and play space – packed with cosy book nooks and even a slide. See if you can spot some Daleks and the TARDIS too, courtesy of the Doctor Who exhibition currently on display.

Find out more about visiting Paisley Central Library.

Paisley Town Hall

The newly refurbished town hall is now open and running a great selection of events in the lead up to Christmas. Don’t miss festive film screenings of the Muppets Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life and more! Check out what’s on at Paisley Town Hall here.

IKEA Glasgow

Home to more than just furniture and tasty meatballs, IKEA Glasgow regularly hosts family film screenings, messy play sessions and fun, free activities for kids. Find out what events are coming up – including their New Year Extravaganza.

Soft Play

Nothing burns off post-Christmas energy quite like a trip to soft play, and happily, there’s a few to choose from in Renfrewshire.

For big fun and even bigger slides, head to the Big Adventure in Linwood, or say hello to the kids characters popping up at Pandamonium, Erskine. If you’re in Paisley, the recently opened Furry Murrays – equipped with ball pits, tunnels and more – is well worth a visit too.


Goggles at the ready! Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre and On-X Linwood will be open in between Christmas and New Year for swim sessions from 10am and 4pm.

XSITE Braehead

Ten pin bowling. Climbing. Amusements. A giant indoor slide. Cinema. XSITE is the perfect indoor venue jam-packed with things to for all ages. Check out what’s on and their latest offers here.

Angels & Elves Trail

Ok this one isn’t strictly all indoors, but it’s a great opportunity to visit Paisley, do some shopping and grab a bite to eat at one of the many great cafes and restaurants. 10 angels and elves have left the North Pole to spread Christmas magic – can you help Santa find them all? Download your Angels and Elves trail map here.

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Explore winter walks in Renfrewshire

We’ve got the great outdoors right on our doorstep, and no matter the season, it’s worth getting outside for. This list of winter walks in Renfrewshire has loads to offer walkers and wildlife explorers.

So wrap up warm and blow those cobwebs away with our pick of the best winter walks near you.

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

There’s lots of walks and trails to be explored in Scotland’s largest regional park. If it’s a good view you’re after, take a wander up Windy Hill from Muirshiel Visitor Centre and look out across Renfrewshire and the Firth of Clyde. It’s just over a mile to the top from the carpark, so you’ll only need an hour or so of clear weather to conquer it!

Or if you prefer to be by the water, we recommend following the lochshore trail along the shores of Castle Semple Loch. If it’s nice you might spot a few sail boats and windsurfers out on the water as well as some of the wildlife that call the loch home.

RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve

Walking trail at RSPB Lochwinnoch nature reserve in Renfrewshire

Between November and March, the RSPB Nature Reserve in Lochwinnoch is a temporary home for hundreds of wildfowl that fly south to escape the harsh Arctic winter. Stroll to the Aird Meadow Loch at this time of year and you’ll be rewarded with sightings of goldeneye (a type of duck, not the bond film…), goosander, whooper swans and the occasional hen harrier.

Gleniffer Braes

A sprawling country park to the south of Paisley. You’ll find ‘the braes’ boasts an incredible view that stretches all the way to Ben Lomond and beyond. Our favourite spots include the waterfall in the Glen Park (a popular spot for photographers). As well as the trail through Bluebell Woods to the Glenpatrick Burn. This path is fondly referred to as the ‘Brandy Burn’ due to the dark-golden colour it turns after a spell of heavy rain!

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not take our full tour of the Gleniffer Braes from top to bottom.

Paisley Walking Trail

For those who prefer to wander with a coffee in hand, why not head out around the town. Paisley boasts an historic town centre that’s home to a stunning range of heritage and history. While you’re out, see if you can spot the alien gargoyle on Paisley Abbey. Or seek out the hidden murals around Brown’s Lane—Paisley’s creative quarter. Wherever you wander, you’ll never be far from some great places to eat too.

Is your go to winter walk not mentioned? Let us know where you would recommend by emailing hello@paisley.is


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Everything you need to know—a quick guide to Shinty

With Shinty coming to Renfrew on the 14th of October, as part of Mòd Phàislig 2023, we’re here with a wee guide to Shinty! (or camanachd if you fancy the gaelic for shinty)

Shinty is a ball and stick game played outdoors on grass. Sometime referred to as ‘hockey with no rules’ it shares roots with the Irish game of Hurling.

A match is played between two teams over two forty-five-minute halves. Teams are made up of 12 players for men, or 10 players for women. The objective is to score as many goals as possible over the 90 minutes. The pitch is usually between 140 to 170 yards in length and 70 to 80 yards wide. That’s more than four buses longer than a football pitch!

The goalposts are 3.6m wide and 3m tall. Goals only count if the player uses their stick to hit the ball through the goalposts. One player goes in goal.

The sticks are called caman. They are 1.1m long with a hook on one end. The name comes from the Gaelic cam, meaning bent or crooked. Traditionally they are made of ash.

The ball for shinty is smaller than a tennis ball, covered in leather and is very hard. Players can stop the ball using their stick, chest or foot, but they can’t touch it with their hands. The goalkeeper can use their hands although they can’t catch the ball out of the air.

Players can tackle each other with their sticks, or with their body, although body tackles need to be shoulder to shoulder.

A game starts with two players in the centre of the pitch with their camans crossed above them. The referee throws the ball up and the players try to be the first to strike it. This is called the throwup.

The Mod Cup, known as the Aviemore Cup, has been played at the Royal National Mòd since 1969. A game of shinty is fast paced, rough and brilliant to watch.


Stiùireadh air Camanachd

’S e geama ball is caman a tha air a chluich a-muigh air feur a th’ ann an camanachd. Aig amannan air ainmeachadh mar ‘hocaidh gun riaghailtean’ bidh e a’ roinn freumhan le geama iomanachd na h-Èireann.   

Thèid geama a chluich eadar dà sgioba thairis air dà leth dà fhichead ’s a còig mionaidean. Tha sgiobaidhean air an dèanamh suas de 12 cluicheadair airson fireannaich, no 10 cluicheadairean airson boireannaich.   ’S e an t-amas a bhith a’ faighinn na h-uimhir de tadhail ’s as urrainn thairis air na 90 mionaidean.Mar as trice tha an raon-cluiche eadar 140 agus 170 slat de dh’fhaid agus 70 gu 80 slat a leud. Tha sin còrr is ceithir busaichean nas fhaide na raon ball-coise!  

Tha na puist-tadhail 3.6m de leud agus 3m àrd. Cha bhi tadhalan a’ cunntadh ach ma chleachdas an cluicheadair am bata gus am ball a bhualadh tro na puist-tadhail. Bidh aon cluicheadair a’ dol dhan tadhal.   

’S e caman a th’ air na bataichean. Tha iad 1.1m de dh’fhaid le dubhan air aon cheann. Tha an t-ainm a’ tighinn bhon fhacal Ghàidhlig cam, a’ ciallachadh lùbte neo fiar. Gu traidiseanta tha iad air an dèanamh le uinnseann.   

Tha am ball airson camanachd nas lugha na ball teanas, còmhdaichte le leathar agus tha e gu math cruaidh. Faodaidh cluicheadairean stad a chuir air a’ bhall le bhith a’ cleachdadh am bata, a’ bhroilleach no a chas, ach chan urrainn dhaibh suathadh ris len làmhan. Faodaidh an neach-glèidhidh an làmhan a chleachdadh ged nach urrainn dhaibh am ball a ghlacadh a-mach às an adhar.   

Faodaidh cluicheadairean aghaidh a thoirt air a chèile le am maidean, no leis a’ bhodhaig aca, ged a dh’fheumas aghaidh air bodhaig a bhith gualainn ri gualainn.   

Tòisichidh geama le dithis chluicheadair ann am meadhan na pàirce le na caman aca tarsainn os an cionn. Tilgidh an rèitire am ball suas agus feuchaidh na cluicheadairean ri bhith mar a’ chiad fheadhainn a bhuaileas e. Canar tilgeadh suas ris an seo.   

Tha Cupa a’ Mhòid, ris an canar Cupa na h-Aghaidh Mòire, air a bhith a’ cluich aig a’ Mhòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail bho 1969. Tha geama camanachd aig astar luath, garbh agus sgoinneil ri fhaicinn!

As part of our celebration of the Royal National Mòd being in Paisley this year we wanted to shine a light on some of Renfrewshire’s young trad performers.

We met Emily Fraser at the start of the year for the launch of Mòd Phàislig. The 18-year-old harpist from Paisley has strong family links with the traditional music scene and has even competed in the Mòd in previous years.

Emily has been involved with a number of local arts groups over the years and, most recently, performed as part of the annual Ceilidh Trail tour organised by Fèis Phàislig.

Talking about her family links with Fèis she said: “My aunt was part of the Fèis Arainn (Arran) committee and she would help out a lot. That’s how my sister and I started to go along and how we met Grant who then decided to start the Fèis here in Paisley.”

Emily has been playing the harp for around seven years now. Speaking of her love of the instrument and trad music she commented: “I think the harp is a lovely instrument. It’s got such a lovely tone to it and there are so many different techniques you can try with it as well.

“What appeals to me about trad music is the community that comes along with it. There are so many great people involved in the music scene that you can work with. With the rise in popularity of events like Celtic Connections and the Mòd there are more opportunities for musicians as more people become aware of what trad music can be and want to experience it.”

Emily has competed in the Mòd before as a soloist and also won one of the competitions as part of a harp group. She talked of her excitement of the event taking place in Paisley this year. “I’ve been looking forward to having the Mòd on my doorstep this year. It’s such a great opportunity to get together and boost your musical ability if you’re a performer but it’s also just a great festival to come along, get involved and enjoy as a spectator.”


Mar phàirt den chomharrachadh againn air a’ Mhòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail a bhith ann am Pàislig am-bliadhna bha sinn airson solas a chuir air cuid de luchd-ciùil òga à Siorrachd Rinn Friù.

Choinnich sinn ri Emily Friseal aig toiseach na bliadhna airson cuir air bhog Mhòd Phàislig. Tha ceanglaichean teaghlaich làidir aig a’ chlàrsaiche à Pàislig, a tha 18 bliadhna a dh’aois, ri saoghal a’ chiùil thraidiseanta agus tha i fiù’s air a bhith a’ farpais aig a’ Mhòd sna bliadhnaichean roimhe sin.

Tha Emily air a bhith an sàs ann an grunn bhuidhnean ealain ionadail thar nam bliadhnaichean agus, o chionn ghoirid, chluich i mar phàirt den chuairt bhliadhnail air a’ Chèilidh air Chuairt a bhios Fèis Phàislig a’ cur air dòigh.

A’ bruidhinn mu na ceanglaichean teaghlaich aice ris an Fhèis thuirt i: “Bha piuthar mo mhàthar na pàirt de chomataidh Fèis Arainn agus chuidicheadh i tòrr. Sin mar a thòisich mi fhèin agus mo phiuthar a’ dol ann agus mar a choinnich sinn ri Grant a chuir roimhe an Fhèis a thòiseachadh an seo ann am Pàislig.”

Tha Emily air a bhith a’ cluich na clàrsaich airson timcheall air seachd bliadhna a-nis. A’ bruidhinn mun ghaol a th’ aice air an ionnsramaid agus ceòl traidiseanta, thuirt i: “Tha mi a’ smaoineachadh gur e inneal àlainn a th’ anns a’ chlàrsaich. Tha tòna cho breagha aice agus tha uimhir de dhòighean eadar-dhealaichte ann as urrainn dhut feuchainn leatha cuideachd.

“Is e an rud a tha tarraingeach dhomh mu cheòl traidiseanta a’ choimhearsnachd a tha na chois. Tha uimhir de dhaoine sgoinneil an sàs ann an saoghal a’ chiùil leis an urrainn dhut obrachadh. Leis mar a tha tachartasan leithid Celtic Connections agus am Mòd a’ dol am meud, tha barrachd chothroman ann do luchd-ciùil agus barrachd dhaoine a’ faighinn eòlas air cò ris a dh’fhaodas ceòl traidiseanta a bhith agus ag iarraidh eòlas fhaighinn air.”

Tha Emily air a bhith a’ farpais anns a’ Mhòd roimhe seo mar neach-ciùil agus cuideachd air tè de na farpaisean a bhuannachadh mar phàirt de bhuidheann chlàrsaichean. Bhruidhinn i air an toileachas a th’ aice mun tachartas a tha a’ gabhail àite ann am Pàislig am-bliadhna. “Tha mi air a bhith a’ coimhead air adhart ris a’ Mhòd a bhith air an stairsnich agam am-bliadhna. ’S e deagh chothrom a th’ ann tighinn còmhla agus do chomas ciùil àrdachadh mas e neach-ciùil a th’ annad ach ’s e fìor fhèis a th’ ann cuideachd airson tighinn ann, a dhol an sàs agus tlachd fhaighinn mar neach-amhairc.”


Dè tha dol / What’s on

Eilidh Riddell from Paisley Opera on why you want to make sure you catch their unique take on Macbeth this weekend.

“Join Paisley Opera this weekend as they put on the first public performance at Paisley Town Hall with their production of Verdi’s Macbeth, set in 1970s Paisley.

“Paisley Opera are excited to bring this classic story to the heart of Paisley – as usual with a local twist to the plot. Their version follows Macbeth, encouraged by his fiery wife, Lady Macbeth, as he takes down all competition to become the leader of a local gang.

“The women’s chorus – usually a chorus of witches – is a group of women’s libbers who congregate at the local steamie. They’re sick and tired of the men in charge, and to quote, have “had enough of all their shite”.

David Stephenson, who is playing Macbeth himself, told us about his experience of the role in their new take on the classic story:

“Its very true to the Shakespeare – the story, but in a completely different way of putting it across.

Paisley Opera rehearsal

“Walking around with two cut-throat razors in my suit is a bit alien to me – it’s not my normal temperament to be that kind of person. It is tricky to get into this gangland mentality, there’s no question about it, but that’s acting!”

The opera is obviously not sung in the original Italian.  They have a brand new “West-of-Scotland” English translation by Lindsay Bramley, and will also have supertitles displayed above the stage so that you always know what’s going on.

They are thrilled to be lead by a cast of stellar professional soloists, including David as Macbeth, who has previously sung the role with Scottish Opera. They will also be accompanied by The Orchestra of Scottish Opera and dynamic local dance group right2dance.

The chorus is over 50 voices strong, made up of a mix of community singers and professionals.

One of Paisley Opera’s chorus members, Elaine, shared her thoughts on their production:

“Having been around in the seventies, having been a part of the stuff that was happening, I think it helps in making it accessible for it to be in a timeframe that some folks will remember that’s no too far back.”

Of course, Paisley Opera are proud to be the first public performance at the new Paisley Town Hall after its refurbishment. We don’t think you’ll want to miss this historic event.

Show times

Macbeth is showing at 7.15pm on Friday 6 – Saturday 7 October with doors opening at 6.45pm. Running time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including an interval.

Tickets are £20 (£15 concessions, £5 unemployed) with newly-released ‘restricted view’ tickets available for £10 (£5 unemployed).

You can by tickets from OneRen Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or by booking online. If booking online, please look on a desktop browser rather than on a mobile to see the full range of seats available.

Some of Paisley’s top venues are gearing up to host a fantastic range of music gigs and entertainment as part of the Mòd Phàislig Late and Live programme.

The Royal National Mòd returns to Paisley from 13 – 21 October 2023. It will see a diverse programme of concerts, events, exhibitions and workshops taking place in venues across the town.

The Bungalow, The Swan and The Keg, have planned an exciting ‘Late and Live’ programme of entertainment offering a fantastic opportunity to experience an excellent selection of Scottish bands, musicians, and performers bringing music from a host of music genres.

Programmer for Mòd Phàislig Late and Live, Alan McKeown, said: “Paisley is a vibrant town with a proud history that’s steeped in tradition. Having an event like the Mòd highlights this to the world.

“The Mòd is an internationally acclaimed festival that isn’t just about Gaelic music and performance. There’s an incredible variety of entertainment and a bit of something for everyone.

“If you think you know what Trad music is, you’re probably wrong. Come along and see what it’s like for yourself – it might surprise you.”

A new addition to the event this year is a dedicated Mòd Festival Club sponsored by Isle of Skye Candle Co, based at The Sneddon on Old Sneddon Street in Paisley, where people can enjoy a variety of pop-up live music sessions and entertainment for each day of the festival.

Find out more about all the events taking place as part of Mòd Phàislig.

Tha ionadan air feadh Phàislig a’ deisealachadh airson farsaingeachd de cheòl is fealla-dhà mar phàirt de phrògram Mòd Phàislig Anmoch is Beò.

Bidh Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail a’ tilleadh gu Pàislig bho 13 – 21 Dàmhair 2023 agus bheir e prògram farsaing de chuirmean, thachartasan, thaisbeanaidhean agus bhùthan-obrach gu ionadan air feadh a’ bhaile.

Chaidh prògram ‘Anmoch is Beò’ de thachartasan a phlanadh le The Bungalow, The Swan agus The Keg, le cothrom air leth airson taghadh de chòmhlain agus luchd-ciùil Albannach fhaicinn, le ceòl bho iomadh seòrsa ciùil.

Thuirt am prògramaiche airson Mòd Phàislig Anmoch is Beò, Alan McKeown: “’S e baile beòthail a th’ ann am Pàislig, moiteil às ar n-eachdraidh agus stèidhichte air dualchas. Tha tachartas mar am Mòd a’ sealltainn seo dhan t-saoghal.

“’S e fèis ainmeil air feadh an t-saoghail a th’ anns a’ Mhòd, agus chan eil e a-mhàin mu dheidhinn ceòl agus taisbeanas Gàidhlig. Tha beairteas de chuirmean eadar-dhealaichte ann, agus rud beag airson a h-uile duine.

“Ma tha thu smaointinn gu bheil fios agad dè th’ ann an ceòl Trad, ’s mathaid gu bheil thu ceàrr. Tiugainn ann agus faic mar a tha e coltach dhut fhèin – ’s dòcha gun cur e iongnadh ort.”

Ùr dhan fhèis am-bliadhna tha Club Fèis a’ Mhòid, le taic bho Islr of Skye Candle Co, stèidhichte aig The Sneddon air Sràid Old Sneddon ann am Pàislig, far am faighear measgachadh de sheiseanan-ciùil agus aoidheachd air gach là den fhèis.


Dè tha dol / What's on

Budding young musicians across Renfrewshire are getting the chance to participate in a range of traditional cultural workshops as part of Fèis Week.

Fèis Week, which takes place at Johnstone High School from 18 – 21 July, is run by Gaelic arts and culture organisation Fèis Phàislig and is an intensive week of arts workshops for young people aged 5-18.

Over the course of the week, young people will work with professionals in a range of fun and engaging taster workshops on traditional music, song, filmmaking, dance, circus skills and art. The week culminates in a finale concert where friends and family can come along and see what participants have been working on.

The sessions are accessible and fun while still being aimed at building their skillset, giving young people an engaging and inspiring experience of Gaelic language and culture. Participants will also take part in Gaelic language activities throughout the week and some of the workshops will be delivered in English and Gaelic to give those learning in Gaelic-medium an opportunity to further develop their skills and encourage other participants to learn a few words or phrases in the language.

Fèis Phàislig director, Grant McFarlane, said: “Our Fèis Week event offers an excellent opportunity for young people to learn more about traditional music and Gaelic culture and have fun. All our tutors are experienced, professional musicians, skilled in working with young people and are sure to get participants engaged and excited by everything Gaelic culture has to offer.

This year’s event is particularly exciting given Paisley will be hosting The Royal National Mòd in October. There’s a real community in Renfrewshire for Gaelic culture and our Fèis Week event and the Mòd are great opportunities to continue to develop that community.”

The Royal National Mòd, organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, returns to Paisley from Friday 13 – Saturday 21 October. The nine-day festival, which will take place at venues across Paisley, is Scotland’s premier celebration of Gaelic culture and heritage and will feature a range of competitive disciplines, including Gaelic song, poetry, literature, drama, instrumental, Highland dancing and sport.

To find out more about Fèis Week, visit www.feisphaislig.com and click here to find out more about Mòd Phàislig 2023.

Seachdain na Fèise 2023 a’ tòiseachadh


Gheibh luchd-ciùil òg air feadh Siorrachd Rinn Friù cothrom pàirt a ghabhail ann an sreath de bhùthan-obrach cultarach traidiseanta mar phàirt de Sheachdain na Fèise.

Tha Seachdain na Fèise, a bhios ann an Àrd-sgoil Johnstone eadar 18 – 21 Iuchar, air a ruith leis a’ bhuidhinn ealain is cultair Ghàidhlig, Fèis Phàislig: seachdain thrang de bhùthan-obrach ealain do dhaoine òga eadar 5-18 bliadhna a dh’aois.

Thar na seachdain, bidh daoine òga ag obair le proifeiseantaich ann an raon de bhùthan-obrach a bheir dhaibh blasad spòrsail, tarraingeach de cheòl traidiseanta, òrain, dèanamh fhilmichean, dannsa, sgilean siorcais agus ealain. Thig an t-seachdain gu crìch le cuirm-chiùil far am faod caraidean is teaghlach a thighinn a choimhead air na tha an òigridh air a bhith a’ dèanamh.

Tha na seiseanan ruigsinneach agus spòrsail ach ag amas air sgilean a thogail, a’ toirt eòlas tarraingeach is brosnachail do dhaoine òga air cànan is cultar na Gàidhlig. Bidh òigridh cuideachd a’ gabhail pàirt ann an tachartasan Gàidhlig tron t-seachdain agus thèid cuid de na bùthan-obrach a lìbhrigeadh ann am Beurla agus Gàidhlig gus cothrom a thoirt dhaibhsan a tha ag ionnsachadh tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig an sgilean cànain a leasachadh agus com-pàirtichean eile a bhrosnachadh gus beagan fhaclan no abairtean Gàidhlig a thogail.

Thuirt stiùiriche Fèis Phàislig, Grannd MacPhàrlain: “Tha Seachdain na Fèise a’ toirt cothrom air leth do dhaoine òga barrachd ionnsachadh mu cheòl traidiseanta agus cultar na Gàidhlig ann an dòigh spòrsail. Tha na h-oidean againn uile nan luchd-ciùil eòlach, proifeasanta, agus sgileil ann a bhith ag obair còmhla ri daoine òga. Cha eil teagamh nach brosnaich iad ùidh is meas chom-pàirtichean ann an cultar na Gàidhlig.

“Tha Fèis na bliadhna air leth inntinneach leis gum bi Pàislig a’ cumail a’ Mhòid Nàiseanta Rìoghail san Dàmhair. Tha fìor choimhearsnachd ann an Siorrachd Rinn Friù mu thimcheall cultar na Gàidhlig agus tha Seachdain na Fèise agus am Mòd nan deagh chothroman gus a’ choimhearsnachd sin a leasachadh.”

Tha am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail, air a chur air dòigh leis a’ Chomunn Ghàidhealach, a’ tilleadh a Phàislig bho Dhihaoine 13 – Disathairne 21 Dàmhair. Is e an tachartas naoi-latha, a thèid a chumail ann an ionadan air feadh Phàislig, prìomh fhèis na h-Albaairson cultar is dualchas na Gàidhlig agus bidh iomadh farpais na lùib, a’ gabhail a-steach òrain Ghàidhlig, bàrdachd, litreachas, dràma, innealan-ciùil, dannsa Gàidhealach agus spòrs.

Airson tuilleadh fiosrachaidh mu Sheachdain na Fèise, tadhail airwww.feisphaislig.com no airson tuilleadh fiosrachaidh mu Mhòd Phàislig tadhail air www.modphaislig.com.

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