ROYAL NATIONAL MOD
Item Posted: Tuesday 27th October, 2009
Like many Highland Games, the Mod has increasingly tried to attract a diverse audience, and this year returns to Oban – where it all started in 1892.
The Mod is a competition-based festival that celebrates the Gaelic language and culture through music, dance, drama, arts and literature. Since 1892 the Mod has grown to become the second biggest festival in Scotland. As well as the Gaels who attend regularly, the Mod also attracts visitors and competitors from throughout the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada and the USA. But there’s more to the Mod than competition. It also offers an opportunity for Gaels and non-Gaels to gather and renew old friendships – or forge new ones. The pubs and hotels of the host town are always filled with live traditional music well into the early hours of the morning – and Oban 2009 will be no different.
In 2008, the Mòd generated nearly £2 million in economic impact for Scotland and welcomed thousands of visitors from around the world. The 2009 Homecoming Mod on Oban is expected to attract record numbers to Argyll and Bute. You can see:
• over 1,500 children from across Scotland competing in disciplines including a range of events from solo singing to choral competition.
• the hotly contested Mòd Gold Medal and Traditional Gold Medal competitions.
• a range of choral events and competitions
• the grand finale with over 300 choir members on the waterfront in Oban for a full blooded performance to mark the end of the year the Mod came home
Councillor Walsh said: ‘Argyll and Bute Council has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Year of Homecoming, and the Royal National Mod is certainly one of the crowning jewels of the year long programme of events’.
John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach said: ‘The Mòd is hugely important to Gaelic culture both in Scotland and internationally, and we are delighted to bring the Mòd back to Oban, the place where it all started. The success of the Mòd largely relies on the support we receive from the host communities and businesses and we are hugely thankful to them for making us so welcome’.
Royal National Mod runs from 9th to 17th October. More info from www.oban2009.co.uk