Here are some themes which we hope will inspire you to organise projects and events to celebrate Colmcille 1500 over the year (7 December 2020 – 7 December 2021).
Colmcille of the Gaels
We celebrate Gaelic language communities in Ireland, Scotland, Nova Scotia, Isle of Man and Gaelic speakers across the globe.
– Organise a Gaelic cultural event for your local festival or arts centre.
– Host a literary event with readings from celebrated and up and coming writers.
– Arrange a Gaelic language school exchange or twining.
Colmcille: The Saint
We recognise and celebrate the major influence Columba and his followers have had on religious and spiritual life in Ireland, Scotland and further afield over generations.
– Go on a spiritual journey tracing the footsteps of Colmcille. (Visit the Columba Trail website for more details.
– Hold a service commemorating Columba and his enduring legacy.
Colmcille: Our Shared Heritage
Explore the rich built heritage as well as the life and legends surrounding this enduring figure.
– Host a conference, summer school, seminar on the legacy of Columba
– Explore the artwork made by Columba’s followers including the Book of Kells.
– Run history talks near key sites
– Organise a school trip to visit a Columban heritage site.
– Help improve signage and interpretation of Columban heritage sites.
Colmcille: The Inspiration
We celebrate the legacy of Columba through artistic response to his work and legacy
– Have concerts at major festivals with new works commissioned.
– Organise opportunities for artists from various countries to collaborate and share ideas.
– Host a competition with a Columba theme (artwork, writing, music, dance, etc)
Colmcille: Our Environment
Like Columba and his followers, we seek to work in harmony with the land and sea to encourage sustainable long-term use and enjoyment.
– Plan an event where you can plant indigenous trees.
– Connect with the environment by helping maintain and build a path network.
– Organise a beach/coast/river community clean-up.