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Celtic Colours International Festival

Every fall Cape Breton Island explodes with the world’s finest Celtic talent. One of Canada’s premiere musical events, you’ll find concerts everywhere during Celtic Colours International Festival. From the smallest of halls to the largest arenas of our communities, see world-class musicians share the stage with the Island’s finest singers, dancers, players, and storytellers.

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Celtic Colours International Festival At Home
8-16 October 2021

  • About Celtic Colours

    Since 1997, Cape Breton Island has attracted world-wide audiences to our shores with this 9-day music festival. Featuring energy, talent, and an iconic fall backdrop, it’s the perfect way to experience the rich culture of our Island through song, art, and dance.

  • Concerts

    From community halls and churches to modern theatres and arenas, you’ll find festival venues in 32 communities across the Island. But, don’t be fooled. No matter how small the hall, there’ll be big talent alongside our finest singers, dancers, players, and storytellers.

  • Community Events & Cultural Experiences

    More than 300 cultural experiences take place Island-wide during Celtic Colours. Immerse yourself in our communities with workshops, farmers’ markets, artist’s series and more throughout this year’s festival.

  • Festival Club

    Beer, cheer, and good company. The Colaisde Na Gàidhlig (Gaelic College) plays hosts to festival goers and artists alike as it turns into a bustling after party. Join in nightly after the scheduled evening concerts for a laidback musical showcase in an informal setting.

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Easy to Find. Hard to Leave.

There are direct flights to Sydney from Toronto and Montreal and from other North American and European cities via Halifax. If traveling by ground, the Trans-Canada Highway 104 leads to Cape Breton Island.

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