SEALL Festival of Small Halls: About

SEALL FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS | 22-30 NOVEMBER 2019

PROGRAMME COMING SOON

 

The SEALL Festival of Small Halls is an eight-day multi-artform winter festival bringing big music to small halls around Skye and Lochalsh with the emphasis on civic celebration – everyone is welcome. Part of the international network of Small halls, it is the first of its kind in Europe.

We bring the best traditional musicians to our remote rural townships, using Scotland’s national day – St Andrew’s Day – as a reason to celebrate our unique Highland culture in the traditional way.

People, place and performance are the curatorial themes of the project which focuses on “family bonds” in the wider sense and promotes the relevance of Scotland’s traditional culture to present and future generations.

The project will take some of the country’s greatest trad musicians, a writer, visual artist and videographer to public spaces in remote rural areas, helping to join communities to each other and the rest of the world through celebration of civic pride and place, our Gaelic heritage, hospitality and friendship.

The festival begins on 22 November and ends with the celebratory Big Cèilidh, featuring all of our participating musicians, at the Sligachan Hotel’s Seumus’ Bar on St Andrew’s Day 2019. 

We encourage all communities to get involved and make these events their own. Many communities have planned to provide catering and bars to make their evening one to remember. Local young musicians are encouraged to open concerts and play sessions during the day and pubs and restaurants are putting on special pre-theatre meals.

We invite everyone to bring their dancing shoes, come along and join in these very special community events. We look forward very much to welcoming you. 

SEALL FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS IS GRATEFUL TO RECEIVE FUNDING AND SUPPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING:

The Sligachan Hotel, Isle of Skye; Creative Scotland; EventScotland’s Winter Festivals Fund; Culture & Business Fund Scotland; The Highland Council; The Old Inn, Carbost; Edinbane Community Company; Shanks Plumbing and Renewables, Edinbane; Whitewave outdoor activity centre, Kilmuir; Dunvegan Castle; Ferry Inn, Uig.