Gaels around the
world are encouraged to link up through an exciting multimedia project that
celebrates and explores identity, language and culture - and you don’t
have to speak Gaelic to get involved.
‘Struileag Stories’ Transmedia Project is being launched today
(Thursday) in Toronto, Canada, by Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and
Sport, Shona Robison.
descendants and those who strongly identify with Scots Gaelic culture are
invited to put themselves and their ancestors on the global map -
electronically - via everything from photos, family stories, video and audio
clips, to poetry and even recipes.
Struileag, run by
Edinburgh-based charity La Banda, aims to capture where people and their
ancestors are from, if the latter spoke Gaelic too, and what life has been like
for different generations.
project received £60,000 funding from the Scottish Government. Other
funding partners included VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and Ambition
Due to speak at a
diaspora breakfast organised by the St Andrew’s Society in Toronto, Ms
Robison will say: "In this special year when Scotland welcomes the world,
for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Homecoming 2014 and the Ryder Cup, it is
entirely fitting that we beat the drum for the Gaelic community scattered
across the globe.
their stories into Struileag's virtual map, Gaels can connect with each
other from continent to continent, as well as helping to form a vital resource
bank for future generations.
Government is proud to support La Banda's innovative approach to sharing
and celebrating tales from the Gaelic diaspora."
resources contributed from members of the diaspora will complement material
professionally produced by La Banda.
It is visiting
several Gaelic communities worldwide, including in Canada, Australia, South
Africa and Russia, researching and documenting stories, as well as developing
Struileag will premier an epic show called ‘Children of the Smoke’
as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games 'Festival 2014'
programme, on July 28 at Glasgow Green.
The 75 minute show
is also a pivotal Homecoming 2014 event. Gritty and glamorous, it sweeps from
Hollywood to Stornoway via Detroit and Woolloomooloo into Glasgow’s big
beating heart! Blisteringly contemporary and featuring show-stopping songs,
spectacular imagery and exhilarating dance, it will explore and celebrate the
importance of indigenous language and its links to culture and
Jim Sutherland, La
Banda artistic director, said: “History isn’t a thing of the past,
we’re making it now!
is reaching around the world to tell the story of the Gael, a people scattered
to the wind! La Banda is very grateful for all of the support we have received
in the creation of this.”
Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “Ancestry is a valuable part to our
tourism offering, contributing millions of pounds to our economy every
the steps of your family is a fascinating and moving experience and one of the
many reasons that visitors come to Scotland.
“There is an
estimated 50 million people worldwide with Scottish ancestry so it is exciting
to hear we now have a project that will connect and unite the Gaelic community
right across the globe.”
Notes To Editors
to an imaginary boat passed around at a ceilidh or other gathering. After
singing or telling a story, you would say "cuiream struileag seachad orm
gu..." / "I pass on the struileag to..." for the next person to
do a turn.
Visit stories.struileag.com to get involved.
Transmedia Project is one of five projects that have received funding for the
Scottish Government to engage with Scotland’s diaspora in 2014.
The Struileag show
has been funded by VisitScotland, Creative Scotland, BBC Alba and Bòrd