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About Cèolas

Ceòlas is rooted within the Gàidhlig heartland of South Uist and is a distillation of the island’s culture and heritage.

The organisation focuses on performance and education that celebrates and promotes local Gàidhlig culture and heritage, as well as the strong cultural links of the Gàidhealtachd diaspora. Since its establishment in 1996, Ceòlas has grown from a week-long music and dance school to become one of Scotland’s leading Gaelic culture, heritage and arts organisations. Ceòlas is a key driver in the island’s social and cultural resurgence and is committed to promoting a vibrant Gàidhlig culture for future generations.

Ceòlas is currently engaged in an ambitious project in partnership with Lews Castle College UHI, to develop a centre for Gàidhlig music, dance and culture at Cnoc Soilleir Dalabrog, South Uist.

In recognition of Ceòlas’ contribution to the community and local economy the organisation has been nominated for a number of prestigious awards:
  • MG Alba Community Project of the Year (Winner 2008)
  • MG Alba & Daily Record Gaelic International Award for Ceòlas’ EOST Project (Finalist 2013)
  • Bòrd na Gàidhlig & Daily Record Gaelic as an Economic Asset (Winner 2014)
  • MG Alba & Daily Record Gaelic International Award for our international work and profile (Winner 2015)