Established in 1970, Turas na bhFilí (The Poets' Tour) is one of the most recognised cultural exchange programmes between Irish and Scottish poets.
The programme was established by Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge with the participation and co-operation of various Scottish cultural collectives over the years. The format of the exchange sees two poets, a musician and a traditional singer in each group when the Scottish poets’ visit Ireland and the Irish poets’ visit Scotland.
The yearly exchange is made of two trips; a trip to Ireland every spring for Scottish poets, Gàidhlig singer and musicians followed by an autumn trip made by poets and singers fluent in the Irish language. As part of the exchange programme the group meet locals in communities across the country and participate in school visits and workshops, lectures, concerts and other cultural activities.
Turas na bhFilí aims to strengthen the links between Irish and Scottish communities and to maintain regular contact between the two countries. Both communities have an opportunity to get to know one another’s culture, language and music and also to study the similarities and differences between indigenous traditions.
The annual Comórtas filíochta Uí Néill, a poetry competition which has played a central role in the Irish stage of the festival and is held every year. Both Irish language and Scottish Gaelic entries are welcome for the contest.
Admission is FREE to all events
For further information in relation to Turas na bhFili, please contact Brígíd Ní Ghríofa, at email@example.com
Turas na bhFilí 2013 - Visited communities in Co. Mayo and Dublin city