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Fèis Bharraigh gets underway on Monday (July 8) at Castlebay School.

Kids from P1 to secondary school are in for a week of literature, music, drama, and culture classes and workshops.

Anyone still retaining a fèis trophy is asked to hand it in to a committee member on Monday morning at Castlebay School.

A piping night and tutors' ceilidh will be held on Tuesday (July 9) at 7.30 pm in Northbay Hall. Entry is by donation, BYOB.

On Wednesday (July 10), there will be a family ceilidh at 7 pm in Vatersay Hall, followed on Thursday by a children's dance in Castlebay School at 6.30 pm.

The closing concert is next Friday (July 12) at 2 pm in Castlebay School.

The fèis, now in its 43rd year, continues to promote and develop the practice and study of the Scottish Gaelic language in Barra and Vatersay.

In 1981, the fèis was founded by a group of parents and concerned individuals who worried that local traditions were beginning to die out and that island children were not being taught traditional music in formal education.

The inaugural fèis, held in 1981, was a pivotal moment in preserving Gaelic tradition in Barra and Vatersay. Its success over the years has also inspired an entire fèisean community across Scotland.

Fèis Bharraigh operates as a non-profit organisation.