Welcome to Féis an Eilein!

A féis (faysh) is a community-based festival designed to promote the Gaelic language and culture of an area. The first Féis was held on the Isle of Barra in 1981. Today in Scotland the féis movement has grown to number approximately 36 community festivals. The community of Christmas Island, located on Cape Breton, is home to the first féis to be held outside of Scotland . Our inaugural festival was held in 1991. The féis movement on Cape Breton has grown to number four others.

In 1993 the steering committee for Féis An Eilein formed a society to allow for increased community participation in the preservation and promotion of our indigenous Gaelic Culture. The society is a well-structured volunteer organization and has elected officers and board of directors. An annual meeting is held each May.

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