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Bòrd na Gàidhlig to sponsor Gaelic Awards

08/2013

Bòrd na Gàidhlig has announced a new partnership with Media Scotland, the largest publishing group in Scotland, to create a series of awards which look to reward all aspects of the Gaelic language and culture across Scotland. 

The Gaelic Awards will look to reward all aspects of Scotland’s Gaelic culture and language, highlighting the excellent work undertaken to maintain its growth and heritage.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig Ceannard (CEO), John Angus MacKay said: “The creation of the Gaelic Awards is a positive step to recognise some of the hard work, dedication, and commitment of those involved in the development and maintaining of the Gaelic Language, not only in Scotland but worldwide. Awards do not only acknowledge success; they recognise many other qualities: ability, struggle, effort and, above all, excellence. We are delighted also to be working with Media Scotland on this project as it follows a successful partnership over the last 2 years in sponsoring the Scottish Education Awards. We congratulate them on recognising the importance of celebrating the contribution that a range of people make to the Gaelic language and culture in Scotland.”

Nominations for the awards open today (Monday 26 August), with a total of 10 categories.  Entries can be made through a dedicated website for the event. 

The award ceremony itself will take place on the evening of Wednesday the 20th November in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. The celebrations will embrace a variety of traditional and modern entertainment. 

Minister for Scottish Languages, Dr Alasdair Allan said: “These awards, and the variety of categories, recognise the importance of Gaelic in modern Scotland. They give us the chance to celebrate the people across the country, from all disciplines, who are not only ambassadors for the language but also help to encourage others to learn it. I would like to congratulate the Bòrd and the Daily Record for their hard work in creating these new Gaelic awards and look forward to hearing about the many deserving entries that I am sure will be submitted.”

Also welcoming the partnership, Editor in Chief at the Daily Record, Allan Rennie said: “The Daily Record is proud to be part of this first Gaelic Awards. I am personally not a Gaelic speaker but we feel that it is important that our nation recognises the outstanding contribution the Gaelic language has made to our culture, heritage and our future. I am looking forward to the night.”