Renfrewshire Council

Paisley says 'Fàilte' to supporters for its Royal National Mòd 2021 bid

Following its successful hosting of the Royal National Mòd in 2013, Paisley is looking for people to get involved as the town gears up to prepare a bid to host the celebration of Gaelic culture again in 2021.

Organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, the Royal National Mòd is Scotland's premier festival celebrating Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage. Paisley first hosted the event in 2013, when Renfrewshire Council partnered with the local organising committee Meur Phàislig to stage the nine day extravaganza of Gaelic music, dance, drama, arts and literature.

The 2013 event was heralded as a success and Paisley wants to build on its successful legacy by bidding to host it again in 2021. The Gaelic festival will hopefully be one of many cultural events taking place across Renfrewshire that year as Paisley bids for UK City of Culture in 2021.

To be able to bid for the Royal National Mòd, potential host towns and cities must be home to a local branch of An Comunn Gàidhealach. As in 2013, Renfrewshire Council will partner with the local branch to form the organising committee.

The Council is hosting an information event on Thursday 27 October at Renfrewshire House for people who are interested in getting actively involved with the Mòd bid. People with a passion for Gaelic language and culture, the arts, and events are encouraged to come along to find out more about how to get involved with bringing this internationally renowned event to Paisley.

While an ability to speak Gaelic is desirable, it's not a necessity for those getting involved.

Paisley has a proud heritage of supporting Gaelic culture and will host a number of Gaelic inspired events during October's Spree Festival, including Donnie Munro and Grant MacFarlane's Ceilidh Trail concert.

Full programme details can be found at The Spree website by following the link on the top right of this page.

The public information meeting will be held at 6.30pm on Thursday 27 October at Renfrewshire House, Paisley.