Following more than three years in the planning, endless meetings and no fewer than 25 fundraisers, the Royal National Mod, Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival of language, arts and culture, was back in Stornoway in October 2016. But with an estimated 8000 attending, how does an event of this scale all come together? 

BBC ALBA’s Trusadh series looks behind the scenes in Mod Week 2016 as we meet some of those who help make the Mod happen on the ground, and follow the journeys of a number of those competing.

The Mod team is a unique collaborative effort of mod staff and volunteers alike and we meet them as they work tirelessly behind the scenes throughout the week. The local committee are key and have been fundraising for three years, raising around £30,000, and the week itself sees over 100 stewards in action.

It also follow the fortunes of Kenneth MacDonald, a Lewisman now living in London, as he takes part in the premier adult singing event for learners – the silver pendant, and the Barra Gaelic choir, taking part in only their second Mod.

There’s also a surprise when Prince Charles pays a visit on the busiest day of the Mod!

Mod Week 2016 – a revealing, and fascinating look at what makes one of Scotland’s top cultural festivals happen.

Trusadh – Mod Week 2016, produced by MacTV for BBC ALBA, will be broadcast on Monday 26 December at 9.00pm.