A programme of concerts, events, exhibitions and workshops has been unveiled ahead of Paisley hosting the Royal National Mòd later this year.

Hundreds of musicians and artists will take to stages, halls and libraries in over 20 venues across the town and its surrounding areas during the prestigious event, which runs from Friday, October 13 to Saturday, October 21.

It has been a decade since Paisley last hosted the Royal National Mòd, which is Scotland's premier celebration of Gaelic culture and heritage.

Mòd Phàislig will get underway with the Cuirm-Fosglaidh a' Mhòid 2023 (Mòd 2023 Opening Concert) at Paisley Town Hall on Friday, October 13, featuring contemporary folk act Breabach.

The Gazette:

The hall will also play host to an unforgettable night of traditional music and Gaelic culture showcasing young talent from Renfrewshire and beyond for Ar Cànan ‘s Ar Ceòl (Our Language Our Music) on Saturday, October 14.

A specially created show launching the reworked Gaelic song collection of Frances Tolmie: Gun Sireadh Gun Iarraidh, will also take place at Paisley Town Hall on Tuesday, October 17.

On Sunday, October 15, there will be an opportunity to connect with Gaelic outdoors - thanks to a Gaelic Nature Walk at Paisley’s Fountain Gardens led by Alasdair Whyte and developed in partnership with local community development organisation STAR Project.

Workshops are also on the programme, with Gaelic speaker and traditional musician Evie Waddell hosting Fàilte Gu British Sign Language (BSL) (Welcome to BSL) on Friday, October 20.

The Gazette:

Gaelic Bookbug will run at libraries in Linwood, Foxbar, Ralston, Johnstone and Glenburn, while children’s ceilidhs will take place at the UWS Students' Union on Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17.

A week-long Mòd Kids Clubs and day sessions led by Fèis Phàislig, and local partners such as Lochwinnoch Arts Festival and Erskine Arts, will fill the October school holidays with a raft of activities.

As Halloween nears and the Mòd draws to a close, Saturday, October 21 will see a Spooky Samhain Family Cèilidh at UWS Students' Union.

James Graham, chief executive officer of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said: "This year's Royal National Mòd programme truly has something for everyone and shows the incredible breadth and richness of Gaelic language and culture spanning all backgrounds and ages."

To find out more about Mòd Phàislig events or to book tickets, visit www.modphaislig.com.