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Ceòlas Uibhist and Fèisean nan Gàidheal have received new funding from The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Youth Development Fund through Creative Scotland, to enhance opportunities for young people to develop their skills and talent in traditional Scottish music and dance.  

Ceolas Uibhist are set to work with young people from Uist and Benbecula to create a new, musical performance piece.  Specialist tutors will be running weekend workshops for piping, fiddle, dance, drumming, accordion and clarsach, with rehearsals and performances scheduled for November and December 2020. 

Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Pitzcalzean Masterclass Weekend - postponed from September to November 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak - has also received support. The residential masterclass weekend will offer young people (15-25yrs) specialist tuition in traditional dance, Gaelic song and playing for dancing (on pipes and fiddle).  

The programme will also include a step-dance workshop for all ages and a public performance from the weekend’s expert tutors, which will be open to the wider community. 

These two projects are among sixteen across Scotland to have received support in the latest round of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Youth Development Fund which was announced in 2019. 

Rucelle Soutar, Chief Operating Officer, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo said: “We’re delighted to see these wonderful projects being delivered from our 2019 Youth Development fund. At the Tattoo, celebrating Scottish traditional arts is a key goal, and we wish them the very best of success.”  

Colin Bradie, Head of Creative Learning, Creative Scotland said: “Whilst the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are extremely challenging in so many ways and for so many people, it’s inspiring to see these great projects adapting to offer engaging, high-quality opportunities for young people to create new and exciting work and increase accessibility across traditional Scottish arts.”