Tuesday 25th – Friday 28th July 2023
A week-long event open to young people from the age of eight which takes place during the last week of July.
Registration is now closed for 2023.
Fèis Arainn is an event open to young people from the age of eight which takes place during the last week of July.
Over the 4 days participants will have the opportunity to try out or improve their skills in a number of musical instruments, song, drama, art and shinty as well as improving their Gaelic language skills.
Beginners are very welcome at all of our events, and those who already play an instrument or sing will also find the experience very rewarding. We aim to cater for all abilities, right up to accomplished musicians and singers. You don’t need to be able to read music and you don’t need to have any previous knowledge of traditional music to enjoy a Fèis. Workshops are taught by ear with participants learning tunes and songs one phrase at a time.
Participants will select 3 choices + one reserve choice when registering.
Each ‘first choice’ class will prepare a piece for our end of the week concert and will be attended twice a day. Every effort will be made to ensure participation in chosen subjects however some participants may be offered their reserve choice to deliver age and ability appropriate tuition.
Fèis events are fun and friendly. We want to help you improve your playing, grow in confidence and learn more about the Gaelic language and culture.
New for 2023: Sgoil-feasgair
Sgoil-feasgair offers pupils already receiving regular instrumental tuition the opportunity to develop their skills. This afternoon-only programme is aimed at experienced players – those who have been receiving regular tuition on their instrument for some time already.
Find out more here: Sgoil-feasgair 2023
2023 Online Registration
Tuition will be offered in the following instruments/activities:
(Although instruments will be available for Fèis participants if required, own (labelled) instruments should be used where possible)
Participants should select 3 different choices for instruction.
1st choice will be what the participant will perform in the concert and will have 2 workshops daily. Choose one reserve choice in case of over subscription.
Please indicate (in the standard section) the standard you can perform in any instrument choices you make e.g.
B Beginner (never played before/only tried at Fèis)
E Elementary (can play a tune/had a few private lessons)
I Intermediate (can play a few tunes/getting regular tuition)
A Advanced (have a larger repertoire/can easily learn by ear or reading music)
Price for 4 days: £70
1st additional sibling: £65
2nd additional sibling: £60
3rd additional sibling: £55
Please register promptly to ensure the classes of your choice.
Payment can be made in full or by using our deposit scheme (25% due will be taken at the time of booking with the remaining balance due 1 month before the event).
We have a limited number of fully funded places at our events for pupils entitled to a clothing grant (proof of confirmation required). Tick the relevant box on our registration form to make an application to this scheme.
We try to keep access open to all young people and are fortunate to secure public funding to support our events and provide transport from all parts of the island. Places are subsidised wherever possible with the true cost of each place being much higher.