29th Annual Féis an Eilein

AUGUST 20-24, 2019

Féis an Eilein is a community-based festival designed to promote the Gaelic language and culture of our area through educational and social activities for people of all ages. Christmas Island is home to the first Féis held outside of Scotland. Friends, relatives, and visitors from near and far come to the Féis each year. If you have even a little of the Gàidhlig we invite you to use it during our events!

If you have even a little of the Gàidhlig we invite you to use it during our events!

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Tuesday, August 20

Tì is Seanachas “Tea & Conversation” 2-4pm | Free.

Come to the Wheelhouse Cafe in Grand Narrows and join in on some Gaelic conversation or have a cup of tea and listen in. This event is welcome to all and lead by Lorrie MacKinnon.


Céilidh nam Pìobairean “The Piper’s Céilidh”

7:30pm | $15 Children 14 & under $5

Bean an Taighe Joyce MacDonald. Cody, Cameron & Aidan MacNeil (Members of CBU Pipeband and recent North American Winners in their division) Fiddlers Dawn and Margie Beaton, Mac Morin, Pipers Kenneth MacKenzie, Keith MacDonald & fiddler Rodney MacDonald.


Wednesday, August 21

Gaelic Language Classes

10am-4pm | $25/per day ~ Seniors & Students $10

Beginner Gaelic TIP class with Amber Buchanan.

Advanced class with Angus MacLeod.


Ar Seanachas, Ar Daoine agus Ar n-Àiteachan

“Our Stories, Our People and Our Places”

7:30pm | Adm. by donation

Bean an Taighe Lorrie MacKinnon. Tea & Lunch will be served.


Thursday, August 22

Guitar Workshop

10-11:30am | $6

Facilitated by Donnie Campbell. All levels welcome. Donnie will assist those beginner in basic chording and teach advanced learners new techniques.


Gaelic Language Classes

10am-4pm | $25/per day ~ Seniors & Students $10

Common Phrases with Amber Buchanan.

Advanced class with Angus MacLeod.


Family “Biscuit Baking” 4-6pm | Free

Instructors Betty MacKenzie and Kaye Ann MacNeil. Open to all ages, children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All supplies provided.


Milling Song Workshop 6pm | $6

Instructor Angus MacLeod. Come learn a new chorus or some verses and use them at the Milling Frolic tonight!


Milling Frolic

7:30pm | $10

Let the beauty of our Gaelic songs fill the hall once again! Tea and lunch will be served.


Friday, August 23

Stepdancing Workshop

10-11:30am | $6

Facilitated by Stephanie MacDonald – All ages and levels welcomed.


Latha De Dh ’Òrain

“Day of Gaelic Songs”

$6 per workshop


Hannah Krebs


Colin Watson


Emily MacDonald


Féis Children’s Concert & Family Square Sets

7-9pm | Donation.

Students of our summer music program will perform in a Féis style recital. Rankin School students will also preform at part of the concert. Ceilidh to follow with Shawnee Paul on fiddle. Meaghan O’Handley will call the sets. Come on out and celebrate our Youth and enjoy some hotdogs & icecream.

Saturday, August 24

Chanter Workshop

10-11:30am | $6

Facilitated by Aiden, Cameron & Cody MacNeil.

All ages. Chanters provided (8 available)


Laoidhean Gàidhlig “Gaelic Hymns”

10:30am-12pm | $6

Mo Chairdean members will honour Rod C MacNeil through common hymns. Christmas Island Church


Sreath de dh’Òrain “Gaelic Song Circle”

1:30pm | Donation.

Bean an Taighe Lorrie MacKinnon. 7435 Grand Narrows Hwy, Big Beach. Come have a traditional Gaelic song session with our generous hosts, Tootsie and Neil J. MacNeil.


Gabh do Naidheachd “Tell Your News”

3:30pm | Donation.

Stay after the Gaelic Song Circle for a Gaelic filled story telling session with Fear an Taighe Shamus Y. MacDonald. 7435 Grand Narrows Hwy, Big Beach.

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