Fiona Mackenzie and Brian O hEadhra

Delegates to XpoNorth 2018, Scotland’s leading creative industries festival, will see and hear about some of the leaders in the Gaelic language at the festival which takes place throughout Inverness on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June.

The Gaelic Angle (Wednesday 27 June) will hear from multi-award winning singer and musician Julie Fowlis; Iseabail Mactaggart, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at MG ALBA and Agnes Rennie, Manager at Acair Publishing in Stornoway and who also chairs the community-owned Galson Estate Trust.

The session will centre around the challenges facing the Gaelic sector and the subject of what makes the Gaelic language and culture so alluring to many around the world. Wednesday 27 June @ 10am in Eden Court – Free Entry.

BBC ALBA: The Showcase, 10 Years On (Thursday 28 June) will see Margaret Mary Murray, BBC ALBA Head of Service and Iseabail Mactaggart take a look back at the highlights of 10 years of the Gaelic channel which first began broadcasting in September 2008. BBC ALBA: The Showcase will take place at Eden Court on Thursday 28 June @ 11.15am – Free Entry.

Brian O hEadhra, Gaelic Arts Officer with Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Creative Scotland, will chair Highland Cool (Thursday 28 June) which will look at the factors which make the Highlands and Islands an attractive creative destination and the challenges and benefits of operating a creative business in the Highlands and Islands. Thursday 28 June @10am, Eden Court – Free Entry.

XpoNorth is funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Support from HIE and its networks has allowed new talent to diversify into new international markets.

Iain Hamilton, HIE Head of Creative Industries, said:“XpoNorth will once again feature sessions in relation to Gaelic and the creative industries at this year’s festival which will place the language and culture in front of some of the most influential decision makers globally in the creative industries. These sessions are attracting interest from international delegates and we are grateful to MG ALBA, BBC ALBA, Acair and BBC Radio nan Gàidheal for their support of this year’s event.”

XpoNorth 2018 also includes events covering Screen, Fashion, Textiles, Digital and Technology while the Music strand will include Brian O hEadhra and Fiona Mackenzie who will be amongst those performing at venues across the city. The team from BBC Radio nan Gàidheal’s Rapal music programme will also be recording various performances for future broadcast while presenter Derek 'Pluto' Murray from Ness will be on a panel looking at Scotland’s Radio Sector.

XpoNorth takes place across the 27th & 28th of June in Inverness and is completely free to attend and accessible to all. You must register via Eventbrite here.  

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The annual Inverness-based conference and showcase festival, formerly known as goNORTH, is the only festival of its kind in Scotland covering craft, fashion and textiles; writing and publishing; screen and broadcast; digital and technology and music.

By day, XpoNorth hosts a packed programme of seminars and workshops featuring leading creative industry professionals from across the international marketplace. By night, the festival sets the city alight with creativity, from the event's firmly established new music showcase soundtracking a host of city centre venues with over 60 of the hottest new acts around, to a specially curated short film programme and a range of relaxed networking events and parties.

The 2017 edition of XpoNorth attracted just under 2,500 delegates across the programme, produced 34 cross-creative seminars featuring a host of leading international speakers, showcased over 60 acts across the city, produced a diverse film screening programme, dedicated craft exhibitions, a gaming and technology playground, trade areas for regional, national and international partners and various training initiatives.