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Perth is to host the Royal National Mòd in 2021.


Organisers An Comunn Gàidhealach made the announcement at its AGM tonight.


The event - Scotland’s biggest Gaelic cultural festival - will be held in Paisley the following year it was confirmed.


Paisley and Perth were announced as the two choices for 2021 and 2022 at last year’s Mòd.


However, it was decided to delay choosing which city would host which year, whilst Paisley awaited the result of its application for the UK City of Culture 2021.


With Paisley missing out on the bid, the directors of An Comunn then used a point scoring system to mark the entries from both cities.


John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach said: “Both applications were extremely impressive, so the decision was made that each would become a host city, however we would wait until the City of Culture announcement had been made before choosing which city would host which year.


“Both applications were put through a rigorous point scoring system by our board members, with Perth marginally receiving more points, meaning the 2021 Mòd would be held there. “


He added: “We very much look forward to returning to Perth for the first time in 17 years, particularly with such a strong Gaelic heritage in the area.


“Paisley’s 2013 Royal National Mòd was widely perceived as one of the best in recent years by Mòd regulars, staff and competitors, so to be returning to the city for a second time will be fantastic. “


The annual Mòd celebrates the best of Gaelic literature, music, singing, language and art, with competitions for all ages and abilities.

Councillor Murray Lyle, leader of Perth & Kinross Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to bring Gaelic to the forefront and showcase our area’s Gaelic culture and heritage.


“We are tremendously excited and inspired by the opportunity to host one of Scotland’s most iconic events, at a time when we are investing in culture by supporting venues such as Perth Theatre and the rebirth of City Hall.


“Perth and Kinross has a great record of delivering world-class events, and this premier festival of Gaelic culture will bring a real ‘buzz’ to the city and a welcome boost to the local economy.”


Royal National Mod host cities announced

23 March 2018