Welcome to An Cafaidh Gàidhlig - the world's only Gaelic Pop-Up Café - where Gaelic's on the menu! Serving up tasty Gaelic bites including our light Entrée of delectable Gaelic Greetings and Essential Festival Phrases for Mains!
Also offering our ever popular 'Naughty Bits' for Dessert or the Super Sexy Bits for the Over 16s', and to top it all off, the Traditional Gaelic Drinks Menu, with more about Gaelic names of traditional Scottish Drinks.
Hearty helpings of song and bonkers banter guaranteed, suitable for those with no Gaelic at all, learners & fluent speakers.
The Pop Up Gaelic Café features a focus on lighthearted bilingual interaction with passing crowds, animating any large festival or event atmosphere and can also be an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of local Gaelic events & groups. This seasonally-adaptable act (why not ask about the Christmas Café now!) comes with its own gazebo and has no technical requirements.
The Gaelic Pop Up Café launched at Scotland's biggest multi-cultural festival, the Glasgow Mela, in 2013 and went on to perform at Glasgow's Merchant City Festival, attracting first-class feedback from the wide range of particpants, featured below, before heading to Belfast in October 2013 in a groundbreaking performance as part of the Newtownards Skainosfest/East Belfast Mission Open Day & also a major Irish language event 'Rights and Revelry'. We're delighted that the Café is also included in this year's Royal National Mòd in Inverness as well as at the Inverness Street Festival shortly after!
Feedback for the Pop Up Gaelic Café:
"Fabulous experience. A good way to promote our heritage and language."
"Great stuff! People are really getting into it!" (Duine le Gàidhlig / Gàidhlig-speaker)
"What a great introduction to a new language! Fun! Fun! Fun! Thank you, Grazie, Dzien Dobre... "I've done Polish & Italien, this is way more fun and a great way to learn a language!"
"It's really great to see Gaelic at the festival. There should definitely be more of this."
"I think it's highly entertaining and a conducive learning environment. Very enjoyable."
"This was great! As a tourist it was very educational"
"Good to see Gaelic represented and a fun way to interact"
"I enjoyed attempting the song! Bonus was the tea and shortbread"
"My husband and I are both doctors and we feel it's important to be able to speak to all of our patients in their native language so we were glad to get the chance to learn these phrases in Gaelic."
"It's been very entertaining to learn some naughty bits and for my friend to learn something useful too! And thanks for tea and shortbread."
"Very entertaining, informative, friendly, makes me want to find out more"
"Great fun and educational too!"
"Great fun! Surprisingly useful in my employ (sic)".
"It was great, friendly and welcoming to the public! Can't wait to see more!"
"I really enjoyed it & think the language should be kept alive. Thank you!"
"Really good – enjoyed it. Well done Glasgow!"
"Great idea – puts us in touch with our cultural roots."
"Fantastic to see efforts made to see the legacy of Gaelic continue, important to keep heritage language".
"Thank you! Very fun and hospitable!"
"Pòg mo thòin!" - two excitable teenagers as they passed us after learning 'Naughty Bits' at the Café..
Start up funding support gratefully acknowledged from the Gaelic Drama network fund, supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Creative Scotland, An Lòchran, Glaschu Beò & Merchant City Arts Festival to develop the Pop-Up Gaelic Café and Great Gaelic Ferry concepts, devised by sònaSonas Director Ariel Killick in collaboration with Catriona Lexy Campbell, Beth Frieden, Dòl Eoin MacKinnon & Coinneach Iain MacRae.
The website for the March—August 2013 phase of these Gaelic & Bilingual Street Theatre Acts is at www.sonasonas.co.uk