An Taigh Cèilidh will be a Gaelic-only social space and business. A window onto a world where Gaelic is not an endangered minority language. Imagine going into an Italian bookshop and café, where everything is in Italian. You’re greeted in Italian. Staff use Italian in their meetings and training. Well, An Taigh Cèilidh will be a Gaelic bookshop/gift shop and café in the Gàidhealtachd. That’s not to say that people who don’t speak Gaelic won’t be welcomed – just as you wouldn’t be kicked out of an Italian café for not being Italian! But we will have incentives to get people using Gaelic, such as a 10% discount on drinks if you order in Gaelic. We will have daily clubs that normalise Gaelic, such as a knitting club, a parent and child club, and a book club! We’re also working with Scrabble® to develop an official version of the world-famous boardgame. We’ll also have internships to help people develop their business skills in Gaelic, and we’ll have events that showcase Gaelic culture, such as traditional music, storytelling, poetry, reminiscence events, and even a Gaelic-speaking Santa at Christmas! We’ll therefore be an inclusive bridgeway connecting communities – people of all levels of Gaelic (or no Gaelic!), people of all ages, and anyone who’s on the Isle of Lewis, either permanently or temporarily!
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