Òran a’ Ghìobair / Cân y Bugail / Artzainen Kanta / Da Crofter’s Sang / Pastirska pesma / Smalasöngurinn / It liet fan de hoeder / The Shepherd’s Song

Join Scottish and international partners for a one-day seminar when Taigh Chearsabhagh will host a pan-European gathering with talks, presentations, performances, and film screenings, as well as opportunities to meet, work, socialise and share experiences.

Across Europe and beyond, the shepherd has embodied a symbiotic relationship between the rural hill farmer or island crofter and the husbandry of their flock in a wild, beautiful and unpredictable natural environment. Shepherds are a repository of traditional skills, knowledge and cultural heritage. Working in isolation with often limited resources they are highly inventive at finding innovative solutions to practical problems. As creative makers and thinkers they are legendary in their ability to compose poetry or song that articulates authenticity of experience and place. And yet, as with the migratory nature of sheep these narratives of the Shepherd are ubiquitous, re-emerging in different cultures, languages and through generations.

In its verbal context the term to shepherd also reminds us of a need to lead and marshal the group, to provide philosophical direction and carefully watch over the flock.

This event will draw together shared experiences from rural communities exploring the contemporary nature of shepherding. We will examine and celebrate the rich heritage of the past to better understand current conditions and situations. We will look at the associated crafts and industries aligned to wool production and what role can the shepherd play in steering innovative new thinking around future synergies between land management, sustainable creative economies and the living culture of rural communities.

Hosted online by Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre in partnership with the University of the Highlands Centre for Island Creativity, this gathering is the first in a series of future, similarly themed pan-European events. 

Booking is essential in order to receive the Zoom invitation. The link will be emailed out shortly before the seminar begins. Bookings close at 9am on the 15th of October.

Register here: https://www.taigh-chearsabhagh.org/events/the-shepherds-song/


Celtic Neighbours

Engineering cultural collisions

Celtic Neighbours has been the cultural development agency for the smaller language communities of Europe for more than a dozen years.  We support collaborations of all sorts at grassroots community level – scroll down the ‘Projects’ page to get a flavour.  We work at strategic level too, contributing to major collaborations such as European Capital of Culture celebrations (Donostia/ San Sebastian 2016, Leeuwarden 2018 and Galway 2020), convening gatherings of activists and support agencies when appropriate, and producing research and advocacy material. See our review of activities here, and an independent review from 2019 here