Gaelic Language Day is split over two days at Holyrood this year, with events and activities to promote the Scottish Parliament’s commitment to the language.
This year’s programme includes a seminar on the use of Gaelic in technology and social media, ‘taster’ sessions on learning the language, and the final of the schools BT Gaelic Debate 2012 which will be simultaneously broadcast on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal.
Wednesday 28 November
Gaelic Day activities for Holyrood building users (internal events):
12:00-14:00 - Internal Gaelic taster sessions – informal drop-in for complete beginners and learners.
As part of the SPCB Gaelic Language Plan, a Gaelic drop-in session will be held for Holyrood building users in Room TG.24 to enable passholders to learn some Gaelic phrases, find out about the SPCB Gaelic plan and discover more about opportunities to learn the language. All welcome.
14:30-17:00 - Gàidhlig@ParlAlba – Gaelic in technology and social media, a seminar for public bodies, Gaelic groups and bloggers.
19:00-20:30 National BT Alba Gaelic schools debate
The winners from Tuesday night’s semi-finals between Portree High School and The Nicolson Institute B, and Dingwall Academy and Tain Royal Academy will compete in the final of this year’s National BT Alba Gaelic schools debate, (Committee Room 2).
Thursday 29 November
Gaelic Day activities for the public (external events):
9:00-12:30 and 14:00-16:00 - Public taster sessions – informal drop in session, learn some Gaelic phrases and opportunities to learn the language in the Chat Room next to the Public Café in the Main Hall. All welcome.
All day - Gaelic Information Stall
Throughout the day the Parliament's Gaelic Officer will run a stall in the Public Hall, why not pop in and visit, learn a bit of Gaelic and about Gaelic at the Scottish Parliament?
Free Gaelic information leaflets for fluent speakers and learners will be available throughout the day, as well as our “taster” leaflet to help you learn some Gaelic. (Main Hall, adjacent to the Public Entrance).