Clan Donald Gaelic Arts Week, Seachdain nan Ealan Gàidhlig aig Clann Dòmhnaill, is a celebration of the Gaelic traditional arts and their place in Clan Donald history.
The ancient Macdonald Lords of the Isles were great supporters of Gaelic culture. Armadale Castle, the ‘spiritual home’ of Clan Donald, is continuing this tradition with a new week-long programme that has something for everyone.
The programme opens with a family day on Saturday 1 June, where there will be musical taster sessions, games and craft activities on a Gaelic arts theme. During the week, pop-up traditional music performances will take place in and around the gardens and Museum. Also on the programme is a talk-performance introducing the art of piobaireachd or ‘Ceol Mor’ – the classical music of the great Highland bagpipe.
The culmination of the Week will be two prestigious music competitions: the Donald Macdonald Piobaireachd Competition (Friday evening) and Princess of the Isles Competition for Senior Clarsach (Saturday afternoon). Both competitions will be filmed and live streamed to a global audience.