A WELCOME TO THE ROYAL NATIONAL MOD FROM THE RT HON THE LORD PROVOST COUNCILLOR EVA BOLANDER
Written by Victor Thomas on 21/09/2019
Glasgow Mod 2019 will showcase Gaelic culture on a significant urban scale. The Mod already has significant appeal and in 2019 will provide the opportunity to reach out to a wider audience in a city
Le Mòd Ghlaschu 2019, bidh cultar na Gàidhlig air a thaisbeanadh ann an teis-meadhan a’ bhaile-mhòir. Tha cliù mòr aig a’ Mhòd mu thràth agus ann an 2019 bidh cothrom ann cur ri ìomhaigh a’ Mhòid agus an tachartas a shanasachd ann am baile far a bheil 600,000 neach a’ fuireach.
Centered around the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in the heart of the city centre, Glasgow Mod 2019 promises to be a major celebration.
Kicking off with a spectacular Opening Ceremony on the evening of Friday 11 October 2019, the week will incorporate an extensive programme of events featuring high-profile performances and will culminate on the morning of Saturday 19 October with the traditional mass gathering of the Gaelic choirs.
“As First Citizen, I’m really looking forward to welcoming the Royal National Mòd to Glasgow.
Mòd Ghlaschu 2019 will be my first experience of this event and I’m very excited. Glasgow is proud to have secured the return of this premier cultural occasion which always attracts huge interest, far beyond the Gaelic community. This great city, a UNESCO City of Music, is home to more Gaelic speakers than any other part of Scotland outside the Highlands and Islands. So it’s a natural host for this unique event. We also have some experience – for this will be the 13th time it’s been held here. As Lord Provost I’m delighted to lend my support to the Glasgow Local Organising Committee. Glasgow is a great advocate of the Gaelic language and immensely proud to give its backing to this fantastic event. I’m also proud to say, Gaelic medium education was first taught here in 1985. It’s so popular we now have three Gaelic nurseries, two primary schools and one secondary school teaching the subject to meet demand. Our citizens’ positive support for Gaelic and Gaelic education chimes with the Scottish Government’s 2011 Social Attitudes Survey that found 72% of Scots wanted access to Gaelic education increased. To everyone involved in supporting this wonderful cultural celebration of Gaelic – Mòd Ghlaschu 2019 – on behalf of the city, my very best wishes.”