Cooish Festival 2011

Culture Vannin gave a grant to support the annual Cooish Festival, which was organised by the officers of Culture Vannin with further support from Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh, the Isle of Man Arts Council and local businesses.

The Cooish festival runs in October and celebrates the Manx language and our Gaelic heritage. Throughout the week a number of community events took place including a Family Fun Day at the Villa Arcade in Douglas and conversational classes and gatherings across the island.

The renowned 'Ned Maddrell Memorial Lecture' at St John's Mill was given by Christopher Moseley. A teaching fellow in Latvian at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL, he is also the General Editor of the third edition of the UNESCO Atlas of World Languages in Danger. Before the event Adrian Cain commented

"This lecture is an opportunity for an academic to visit the Island to talk about their own particular field of work, and in this case Christopher Moseley will be discussing his work with UNESCO. This will also be an opportunity for him to find out more about Manx Gaelic and the recent revival in fortunes for the language; this will, hopefully, enable him to draw some lessons for UNESCO on how they approach the situation for languages in danger".

The end of the festival was marked by a vibrant concert from the Nu-Nordic group 'Samling', who combine song traditions from Norway and Scotland.