There can't be a better way to get over those post-election blues than get involved in Manx Language Week or the Cooish. Starting on Saturday, 1st with a day of fun, music, workshops and information at the Villa Marina Arcade from 11.00am the week promises to be a great way to showcase the growing interest in the Island's Gaelic language and culture.
Of particular note this year is the Ned Maddrell Lecture with Professor Chris Moseley which will take place at St John's Mill from 2.00pm on Sunday, 2nd.
Chris is a teaching fellow in Latvian at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL but he is best known for his work as the General Editor of the third edition of the UNESCO Atlas of World Languages in Danger.
The Atlas hit the headlines a couple of years ago when it categorised Manx as extinct; given that Manx speakers are very much alive and kicking, Manx was later re-categorised as critically endangered.
The Cooish week will also see the launch of two new programmes in Manx Gaelic on Manx Radio. This is a really fantastic development for the language which will not only raise the profile of Manx but provide original, innovative and exciting material for learners and speakers of the language alike. All those involved with this development at both Manx Radio and the BBC are to be congratulated for their support and enthusiasm for the language.
Check out our video piece on this exciting new development here
The other key note event of the week is the Cooish Concert at the Erin Arts Centre on the 7th which will feature the band ‘Samling’ together with some exciting Manx support in the form of the Reeling Stones. Samling specialise in combining song traditions from Norway and Scotland and the band is recognised as part of a new movement within the European roots scene commonly referred to as Nu-Nordic. Presenting a new, exciting and uplifting sound of flutes, fiddle, guitar and voices, this collaborative project was inspired by the band’s founder, Anne Sofie, a traditional singer from the north-west of Norway who moved to Scotland.
The Cooish is supported by the Manx Heritage Foundation and a number of local businesses such as Cains, Long & Humphrey, Manx Radio and Manx Telecom.