Scottish Parliament’s Gaelic Week gets underway

28.11.2016

A week of Gaelic activities gets underway today at the Scottish Parliament (Monday 28 November).

As well as Gaelic ‘taster’ sessions for the public and MSPs, the week will also see the Parliament host the Gaelic Schools Debate final in Holyrood’s debating chamber, that will be broadcast live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal at 7pm on Wednesday.

Details of the week’s activities for the public and for those working at Holyrood are below.

Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP said:

“This week’s events at Holyrood are a celebration of Gaelic.  Whether you are a native speaker or simply want to learn a few words of conversation, there is something for you here, and you are very welcome - a hundred thousand welcomes - Ceud mìle fàilte.”

This week’s Gaelic activities include:

Monday 28 November

  • Gaelic 1: Awareness session (for staff)

Content: The global linguistic context. Why language is important. The history of Gaelic, its decline and revival. Gaelic in the Scottish Parliament.     

Tuesday 29 November

  • Gaelic 2: Speak a Little session (for staff)

Content: Useful Gaelic phrases and basic conversation with a focus on the Blasad Gàidhlig (A Taste of Gaelic) and Abair Beagan (Speak a Little) online publications.  An introduction to the sounds of Gaelic and the Gaelic spelling system.      

Wednesday 30 November

  • Gaelic Drop In/Taster session (for staff, Members and Members’ staff) 11am-2pm in TG.24.
  • Gaelic menus in Parliament’s Garden Level Restaurant  and Public Cafe
  • Meeting of the Cross Party Group on Gaelic -  the group will meet in Committee Room 5 (1pm), contact Kate Forbes MSP for details (chair of the CPG)
  • Gaelic Schools Debate final - 7pm, Holyrood’s Committee Room 2, contact:  Calum Iain MacLeòid, Comunn na Gàidhlig, tel: 01851 701802, [email protected]
  • Cross Party Group on Gaelic, reception - Garden Lobby (after school debate final concludes).  Calum Iain MacLeòid, Comunn na Gàidhlig, tel: 01851 701802, [email protected]

Thursday 1 December 

  • Gaelic 2: Speak a Little session - for staff / MSPs and pre-booked members of public (to reserve a place, see below) – 2-3.30pm.

Content: Useful Gaelic phrases and basic conversation with a focus on the Blasad Gàidhlig (A Taste of Gaelic) and Abair Beagan (Speak a Little) online publications. An introduction to the sounds of Gaelic and the Gaelic spelling system.   

  • Exhibition Stand in the Main Hall highlighting Parliament’s Gaelic services. This will be a public drop in stand and will be staffed from 10-2pm. 

Friday 2 December 

  • Gaelic Tour

Content: A bilingual Gaelic tour of the Scottish Parliament for learners, 1pm.

  • Gaelic 3: Using Your Gaelic in the Parliament (for staff/Members plus pre-booked members of public, students etc. To reserve a place, see below) - 2-4pm. 

Content: An opportunity to use and add to your knowledge of Gaelic in a supportive, informal setting; facilitated by the Parliament’s Gaelic-speaking staff.  

Useful links, contacts and public access: 

Public Gaelic Sessions - for public bookings on Thursday and Friday’s Gaelic sessions contact:  Alasdair MacCaluim/Mark Neilly on 0131 348 5395, [email protected] 

Contact and engage with the Parliament in Gaelic:

WWW.PARLIAMENT.SCOT/GAELIC

  • You can write to or email the Scottish Parliament using Gaelic and you will receive a reply in Gaelic. You can also phone us on our Gaelic number 0131 348 5395 
  • You can follow us and interact with us on social media in Gaelic. We have a strong social media presence in Gaelic including a Twitter feed and a Gaelic blog
  • A wide range of information and educational resources are available in print and online in Gaelic. 
  • The Parliament’s website contains a range of Gaelic pages www.parlamaid-alba.org 
  • We offer Gaelic or bilingual sessions for schools, colleges and other educational groups. See the education section of our website for further details. 
  • For people interested in Gaelic or learning the language, we have a Gaelic Word of the Week feature on Soundcloud which enables learners to learn some simple Gaelic while learning about the Parliament. 
  • You can write to or email your MSPs in Gaelic. 
  • You can submit written evidence to parliamentary committees in Gaelic. 
  • You can submit public petitions in Gaelic.

Contact information

Media information

Public information

  • Telephone enquiry line: 0800 092 7500 or 0131 348 5395 (Gàidhlig)
  • [email protected]
  • Text 07786 209 888
  • Ask a question online through live chat
  • We also welcome calls using the Text Relay service or in British Sign Language through contactSCOTLAND-BSL

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