Glasgow Life will today unveil its vision for ensuring that the Gaelic arts continue to play an integral role in the city’s thriving cultural scene.
The Gaelic Arts Strategy 2011-14 seeks to promote and raise the profile of the Gaelic arts across Glasgow, building on the successes of its first strategy, which was published in 2005. Through continued partnership working with Gaelic arts agencies, the strategy will also help contribute to debate on Gaelic arts provision in Scotland, build infrastructure for Gaelic arts in Glasgow and develop initiatives in relation to any gaps in provision in the city.
Specifically it includes details of a Gaelic Song resource and other activities linking with education services and pre-five groups across Glasgow. This is the first time that a Gaelic Arts Strategy has linked directed with a Gaelic Education resource in the city. Networks will also be established to enable the strategy to be responsive to new creative developments in the city.
Gaelic drama opportunities are also to be developed in schools, while Glasgow Life will provide further opportunities to use Gaelic and develop language skills through a range of programmes including creative writing courses for adults and young people and the annual Gaelic literature festival Leabhar’s Craic.
The Strategy also hopes to build on the many successes of the previous strategy, such as Ceòl’s Craic and Fèis Ghlaschu, which have become an established part of the cultural scene in Glasgow.
Councillor Stephen Curran, a board member of Glasgow Life, said: “Glasgow is once again taking the lead in the Gaelic arts sector with the publication of this new strategy. Back in 2004 the City Council appointed Scotland’s first Gaelic Arts Development Officer followed by the publication of the city’s first strategy the very next year. This latest strategy will see this excellent work continue and taken to the next level.
“We remain absolutely committed to the promotion of the Gaelic Arts and the strategy provides a framework to do just that. It includes a number of initiatives that will encourage greater use of Gaelic in arts activity in communities, schools and in the home. The delivery of this will be underpinned by the excellent partnerships we have from organisations across the sector.”