Caithness in Scotland, is getting ready to welcome visitors to its threshold for a week-long festival of Royal National Mod. The event starts on October 8, Friday with a business lunch in the afternoon and opening ceremony in the evening and ends on 16 October.
The programme of competitions for people of all ages to perform across a range of disciplines begins the following day. The competitions cover a wide range of disciplines including Gaelic Music and Song, Highland Dancing, Instrumental, Drama, Sport and Literature. The Fiddlers Rally is the highlight of the Saturday evening.
During the festival an extensive Mòd Fringe programme takes place which includes performances from some of Scotland’s leading Gaelic singers and musicians and also includes local artistes. The main aim of the event is to provide a national and international platform for promotion of the Gaelic language and culture.
The Mòd provides a major economic and cultural boost to the Caithness area and also attracts considerable national and international publicity, raising the profile of the county. The Mòd also represents an annual opportunity for Gaels and non-Gaels to gather and renew old friendships as well as forging new ones.