As part of a partnership between Earth In Common and Edinburgh’s Gaelic community, participants of all ages will learn to speak Gaelic and discover the stories behind Gaelic folklore, sing songs and learn about the environment.
Co-organizer Petrea Cooney said: “My vision was to develop Gaelic in the community and to make Gaelic more open. They are aimed at anyone who wants to know a little more about Gaelic.
“It’s one of the indigenous languages and it’s a dying language and I wanted to make the effort in the community to create this positive and enjoyable environment where we sing, talk about Gaelic culture and talk about the stories behind the folk tales.”
Youngsters will also have the opportunity to make their own harps from recycled materials and use recording equipment to capture sounds from the local environment to create a special soundscape to be unveiled later in the year. .
Deborah Shaw, professional harpist and pianist who will lead the music sessions, said: “I’m really excited to be able to work with young people and also bring the Gaelic language into a contemporary setting.
“We will record sound from the farm, the children will write their own poetry or lyrics, and we will combine that with the sounds they have collected from the farm to create a soundscape.”
Ms Shaw, who is currently Composer-in-Residence at Earth In Common, explained that the children’s workshops will also address environmental issues and the climate crisis.
She said: “I think listening to nature is a really great way to empower everyone to be more aware of what’s around us, and recycling is such a big thing right now.
“It was actually my overflowing recycling bin that inspired me to make instruments out of these materials, as I always feel a bit sad when I see how much plastic we still use in our society.”
There will also be sessions for adults focused on learning Gaelic and celebrating Gaelic culture through storytelling and choir singing.
Located in the Earth In Common croft on Leith Links, the outdoor learning workshops will run until September with a short break during the summer holidays.
Leith resident Petrea, who has been learning Gaelic for a year, said she hopes the upcoming workshops will encourage people from the Gaelic and English-speaking communities to come together and build relationships.
She said: ‘We’re really keen to get the community involved because I think the sooner we do that the better our chances of Gaelic surviving.
“It’s just a beautiful language and we want to share it with the rest of Scotland.”
She added: “This is the start of something very exciting. I really hope we will have a home in the area to develop an interest in Gaelic in the community at all levels.
Tickets to Gàidhlig, Nàdur, Ceòl is Seinn cost £7 and for more information you can visit www.earth-in-common.org. No experience of Gaelic is necessary.