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Gaelic Cultural Space at Merchant City Festival 2013


 ​Àirc I Ark

Admission free .​

Sat 27 & Sun 28 July 

Àirc is a Gaelic inspired programme of talks, films, workshops and performance based at the Ramshorn theatre in the Merchant City.   The weekend will be hosted by Govan based GalGael who will be demonstrating boat-building skills, making connections with Gaelic culture as well as putting the kettle on! Àirc also sees the launch of Ceilidh Còmhla,​​ a series of sharings in multi language Glasgow communities, leading up to the Cultural Programme of the Commonwealth Games 2014  .

GalGael was founded in Govan in the mid-90s in response to environmental campaigns by a group of people with links to Gaelic culture.  Their ethos is anchored in the importance of community and connection, bringing people together in a safe harbour using traditional crafting methods and values, whilst developing a sense of place in a modern urban environment.  

Àirc I Ark Programme

Saturday 27 July 10am – 5pm

10am:  Boat Building begins… & GalGael café open

10am-12pm: Às an Traigh  [Film – 15 mins - screenings every ½ hour from 10am]

An interweaving of Gaelic songs, stories, memories and reflections on relationships between people and place on St Kilda, compiled by three acclaimed Gaelic singers, and drawing on the Tobar an Dualchais archive of oral recordings. A collaboration between Cape Farewell, Mary Jane Lamond, Mary Smith and Taigh Chearsabhagh with filmmaker Andy Mackinnon.  

10.30am : Gaelic taster sessions with GalGael.  [Workshop]

An informal event for everyone with an interest in boats and the Gaelic language.

12pm: Judy Parrott [talk with visuals]

Photographer and Sound Artist Judy Parrot talks about her residencies with Gaelic and Australian communities exploring the link with land and sound.  Judy will be showing examples of her work which will be exhibited at the Merchant City Festival 2014 

1- 2pm: Às an Traigh [Film – 15 mins + talk – see above] 

For this screening there will be a short talk on the making of the work will the collaborating artists 

2pm: Mary Jane Lamond [Workshop] 

Internationally renowned Cape Breton singer Mary Jane Lamond invites you to her kitchen table for song, stories and cake 

3.30pm: A Confluence [Film – a selection of short films 29 mins] 

A screening of the Taigh Chearsabhagh short films by Lewis artist and sailor Ian Stephen, exploring the link between traditional Gaelic songs and the sea.  

3.30pm: Gaelic taster sessions with GalGael

An informal event for everyone with an interest in boats and Gaelic


Sunday 27 July  11am – 4pm

11am: Boat Building begins…GalGael café open

11.30: Gaelic taster sessions with GalGael 

An informal event for everyone with an interest in boats and the Gaelic language

11-1pm: Às an Traigh (Film – 15 mins - screenings every ½ hour from 11am]

An interweaving of Gaelic songs, stories, memories and reflections on relationships between people and place on St Kilda, compiled by three acclaimed Gaelic singers, and drawing on the Tobar an Dualchais archive of oral recordings.  A collaboration between Cape Farewell, Mary Jane Lamond, Mary Smith and Taigh Chearsabhagh with filmmaker Andy Mackinnon.  

1pm: Mary Jane Lamond [Workshop]

Internationally renowned Cape Breton singer Mary Jane Lamond invites you to her kitchen table for song, stories and cake

2pm: Às an Traigh  [Film – 15 mins + talk]

See above for this screening there will be a short talk on the making of the work will the the collaborating artists 

3pm: Uist Films (discussion)

Andy Mackinnon, arts officer and curator from the award winning arts centre in North Uist, Taigh Chearsabhagh, will discuss Uist Films a two year film and digital media development and resource project with examples of recent work 

3.30pm: Gaelic taster sessions with GalGael 

An informal event for everyone with an interest in boats and the Gaelic language​


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