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Celtic Colours International Festival

For nine days our island explodes with the world’s finest Celtic talent. Amidst the earth’s natural painting of vibrant fall colours, people visit the island’s many communities for music, meals and learning.

About Celtic Colours

For nine days in October, the island is alive with music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate our rich culture. Since its introduction in 1997, Celtic Colours has grown to become one of Canada’s premiere musical events. The festival is held during Cape Breton’s most spectacular season when the leaves are turning to vibrant colours, providing breathtaking scenery as you travel from event to event.

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Celtic Colours 2018 will include 49 concerts featuring some of the world’s finest musicians sharing the stage with Cape Breton’s finest singers, dancers, players, storytellers and culture bearers. Venues range from community halls and churches to modern schools, theatres, and arenas in 32 communities across the Island.

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Community Cultural Experiences

More than 370 community cultural experiences take place Island-wide offering you the opportunity to become more immersed in the culture. Community cultural experiences include learning opportunities, workshops, participatory events, a visual art series as well as community meals and farmers’ markets.

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Festival Club

Music, magic and fun await you at the nightly Festival Club. Located at the Colaisde Na Gàidhlig / Gaelic College in St. Ann’s, the licensed Club opens as the evening concerts are closing, offering an opportunity for Festival artists to showcase in a more informal setting. It also serves as a spot to wind down and catch up with friends at the end of the day.

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“In more than 30 years of listening to the best traditional music Ireland can offer, I have rarely encountered live performances as exhilarating as those I caught during Celtic Colours.”

Colin Randall

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