Stòras a’ Bhaile is a four day Gaelic immersion folk-life school for advanced Nova Scotia Gaelic learners. It features the traditional foods, music, dance, stories and songs of Gaelic Nova Scotia. This program distinguishes itself by hands-on language activities and social time conducted entirely through the Gaelic language in Highland Village’s historic buildings.
Some of the components and objectives of the Stòras a’ Bhaile program include:
- Exploring and sharing Gaelic arts and folkways indigenous to Nova Scotia
- Reinforcing Gaelic folklife skills and language through in a social environment
- Identifying, exploring and and experiencing Gaelic cultural expressions relevant to Nova Scotia
- Celebrating and sharing Nova Scotia’s Gaelic traditions as a social resource
Stòras a’ Bhaile brings together native Gaelic Speakers, Gaelic learners, and ambassadors of Nova Scotia Gaelic culture. Some of the immersion topics include language arts, music, dance, demonstrations of traditional food preparation and farm work, and story-telling. As a program designed around social interaction as a medium for learning the Stòras a’ Bhaile program is not structured or delivered as a formal class. Its format accepts all learners – regardless of Gaelic skills – who wish to have an immersion experience by way of cultural transmission in a social environment.
A (Bhana) Chàirdean còire:
The planning committee for Stòras a’ Bhaile regrets to inform you that Stòras a’ Bhaile 2016 has been cancelled for this year, due to a funding shortfall. As testified to by participants since 2008, Stòras has been an innovative opportunity to explore the diversity of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic cultural expression through immersion programming in a sociolinguistic learning environment. It is hoped that discussions on restructuring the funding formula for this, and other community-based education projects, will bear fruit in 2017.
In the meantime, the planning committee wishes all every success with your personal initiatives and engagement with Nova Scotia’s Gaelic language and traditions.