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Wednesday 15th June 2022

Shared Perspecives: Driving Culture Through Place

3:45pm - 4:45pm

Creative Industries is often typically viewed through an urban lens, but rural areas have their own distinct sense of place and unique provenance which can form an integral part of how they present themselves to the world. Featuring businesses in Scotland and Nova Scotia, this fascinating session will explore the rich relationship between the creative industries and place, discuss how geography shapes and defines culture and how this creates meaning and value for communities and businesses. The session will be in Gaelic with translation available.


    Coinneach MacFhraing
    Television Presenter, Outdoor Instructor, Gaelic Tutor and Musician

    Buinidh Coinneach MacFhraing do Loch Aillse air taobh siar na Gàidhealtachd. Tha e an-sàs an caochladh iomairt co-cheangailte ri cànan is cultar na Gàidhlig. Thug e a-mach ceum ann an ceòl aig Colaiste a' Chaisteil OGE, le cuideam mòr air ceòl is òrain dùthchasach. Cha do theirig a cheangal ri OGE dar a cheumnaich e a bharrachd, tha e a-nis na oide air cursaichean-astair Shabhail Mhòir Ostaig. Bidh e ag obair cuideachd dhan bhuidheann-leasachaidh 'Spòrs Gàidhlig', far an lìbhrig e cothroman do Ghàidheil òga an cuid Gàidhlig a leasachadh tro chur-seachadan air a' bhlàr a-muigh. Dar nach eil e trang riutha sin, bidh e a' riagail air feadh na dùthcha mar aithrisiche a' phrograim telebhisein 'Dàna | Scotland's Wild Side' anns am bi e a' gabhail sgrìoban mòra tro sgìrean iomallach is beanntachail na h-Alba, 's e gu math tric a' sreap air ceann ròpa!

    Coinneach MacFhraing grew up in Lochalsh in the North-west Highlands. He is heavily involved in the world of Gaelic culture and development, in a variety of roles. He studied Applied Music at UHI, with a focus on Gaelic song and traditional music, and is still connected to the university through teaching on Sabhal Mòr Ostaig's online courses. He also instructs for the social enterprise 'Spòrs Gàidhlig', providing opportunities for young Gaelic speakers to use the language through outdoor pursuits. When he isn't busy at those, he presents the BBC Alba series 'Dàna | Scotland's Wild Side', in which he rock climbs, runs and paddles the country's remotest corners.

    Iain Fionnlagh MacLeòid
    Managing Director of CGS (Cànan Graphics Studio)

    Iain Fionnlagh MacLeòid is from the Isle of Lewis and is the Managing Director of CGS (Cànan Graphics Studio), a digital agency based on the Isle of Skye. He is also Further Education Development Manager at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture. Iain is also a writer and tv director, and owns Breanish Tweed, a textiles company which sells lightweight tweeds and cashmere to mainly the UK, Germany, US and Japanese markets.

    Ealasaid MacDonald
    Director of Strategy & External Affairs, MG ALBA

    Ealasaid is responsible for corporate communications, stakeholder and community engagement and oversees a number of the operational functions at MG ALBA. Ealasaid comes from a policy and public affairs background, with many years experience in local government, as well as working as a consultant within the private sector.

    Ealasaid has also been active in the voluntary sector undertaking a wide range of roles in relation to community engagement and participation.

    Ealasaid has a degree in Politics and International Relations, as well as an MSc in European Policy & Law. Originally from the Isle of South Uist, she lives in Benside, Isle of Lewis with her husband and two children.


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