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2021 Summer Gaelic Events Program

8539 Grand Narrows Highway, Christmas Island, NS


A Féis (faysh) is a community-based festival designed to promote the Gaelic language and culture of an area. The first Féis was held on the Isle of Barra in 1981. Today in Scotland the Féis Movement has grown to number approximately 36 community festivals. The community of Christmas Island, located on Cape Breton, is home to the first Féis to be held outside of Scotland . Our inaugural festival was held in 1991. The Féis Movement on Cape Breton has grown to number four others.

The annual Féis An Eilein encompasses workshops in Gaelic language and song, step dancing, fiddle and chanter. A two day Gaelic Activities Camp for youth is held each year. Another key feature of the annual féis is the provision of opportunities for visitors and residents to participate in the Gaelic culture through concerts, milling frolics céilidhs and square dances. Many of the entertainers at these social events took their first step dancing or fiddle lesson during one of our workshops.

Proceeds of the annual Féis are used to offer classes in Gaelic language and song, step-dancing and chanter. The classes are subsidized by the Society and lessons are offered to children and youths at no charge.

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