About Fèis Spè
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Fèis Spè was established in 1990 by a group of local musicians and volunteers and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015. The central aim of Fèis Spè is to offer young people in the Cairngorms National Park access to Gaelic arts tuition and performance opportunities through a programme of community-based traditional music tuition, with Gaelic language and culture at the heart of activities.

Fèis Spè is a member of Fèisean nan Gàidheal which oversees a network of 47 local Fèisean throughout Scotland. Research commissioned by HIE highlights the significant economic impact of Fèisean, creating local employment opportunities, as well as indicating that participation not only increases skills in young people but also self-esteem and a sense of identity.

Since its early years Fèis Spè has grown to provide pathways for young people from early years to the age of 22 in traditional arts. A significant number of past participants have forged careers in traditional music, including Findlay Napier, Ewan Robertson and Mhairi Hall, while many more continue to enjoy participating in traditional music activities.

For the last 31 years, Fèis Spè has been providing traditional music tuition for young people in Badenoch and Strathspey through our membership of, and with the support of Fèisean nan Gàidheal. Current funders below.

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