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Fèis Phàislig (Paisley Festival) has grown since its inaugural event in 2015 to provide a successful programme of weekly instrumental lessons.

Fèis Phàislig is an arts organisation based in Paisley that delivers cultural opportunities and events for children across Renfrewshire and further afield. We are very excited to be supporting the bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and to see the impact it will have on the cultural sector within the town.

'Fèis' (pronounced ‘Faysh’) is the Gaelic word for a festival or feast but over the last thirty years has become synonymous with a series of arts festivals for young people across Scotland.

Fèis Phàislig (Paisley Festival) held an inaugural event in 2015 that brought together 60 children for four days of traditional music, singing, drama and Gaelic.

Led by some of Scotland's top traditional musicians and tutors, participants took part in workshops across the week to prepare for a public concert on the final day. The week was a huge success and gave all our young people a unique cultural experience as well as a chance to try something new.

The event has grown significantly since 2015 with over 110 young people joining us for our 2017 Fèis Week. We have also increased the number of choices available to participants with dance and filmmaking being included for the first time this year.

With support from the Paisley 2021 Culture, Events and Heritage Fund, we delivered a successful programme of weekly instrumental lessons from September 2016 to June 2017.

Tuition was delivered in accordion, fiddle, guitar and singing with lessons taking place on Saturday mornings during term-time.  

This programme has been a natural progression of our Fèis Week and is an exciting development that allows children to develop their skills in one chosen area across the school year.

Participants are given a number of performance opportunities throughout the year and encouraged to play in a variety of settings to develop their performance skills.

We are very grateful to the Paisley 2021 team for their continued support.

An important aspect of the Fèis is Gaelic and understanding the links the language has with traditional music. Gaelic culture and traditional music share roots that are still very much alive in the folk music scene today and giving young people a knowledge of this allows them to immerse themselves fully in their musical heritage.

All of our teaching is delivered in English however participants are encouraged to learn simple words and phrases in Gaelic that they can use with us.

We are delighted and excited to be part of Paisley's bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and believe the huge variety of cultural activity promoted by Paisley 2021 will have a very positive impact on the area. Whether as a participant, volunteer or audience member, we hope to see you soon at one of our events and hope you will join us in spreading the word and showing the world what Paisley can do!

For more information and to sign up to our events, please visit www.feisphaislig.com.