SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17 ISSUE 1
|Celtic Colours Celebrates Canada’s Heritage,
An opening night concert on Oct. 6 includes such performers as Heather Rankin, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle, Còig, Cathy Ann MacPhee & Patsy Seddon, La Swing du Suête and IVA
A popular feature of Celtic Colours is the Festival Club at the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s, which opens as the evening concerts close. Festival artists perform in informal settinsg, or hold a session in with friends and musical pals.. Hosted by singer-songwriter Buddy MacDonald, performance is by invitation only and depends upon artist availability on any given night.
The Festival Club
According to festival organizers, guests have plenty of things to in addition to hearing marvelous music. Celtic Colours also offers five types of community cultural events.
The Learning Opportunities series will entertain and enlighten you with a variety of workshops, presentations, demonstrations and lectures on Celtic history, music, dance, art, craft and community heritage.
At Participatory Events, you are welcome as a spectator or to immerse yourself in the action and join in on a Square Dance, session or milling frolic.
Get outside and enjoy the spectacular scenery at one of the Outdoor Events. Guided walks, hikes, and boat tours put you in the fresh air.
The Visual Arts Series offers a wide variety of events for art enthusiasts, skilled artists, hobbyists, and collectors. Exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops celebrate the creative spirit that thrives on Cape Breton.
Break bread together and share a home-cooked meal at one of the many Community Meals or visit one of the Farmers’ Markets where you’ll find locally grown food, honey and handmade goods.
They point out that the festival is held during Cape Breton’s most spectacular season, autumn, when the leaves turn color. Tour around the pristine Bras d’Or Lakes, Canada’s largest saltwater lake, or meander along the Cabot Trail, often called North America’s most scenic drive, to find amazing scenery around every turn.
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While in the area, drop in at Baile nan Gàidheal (The Highland Village), North America’s only living history museum for Gaelic language and culture. The 43-acre site features unbelievable views of the Barramens Strait, 11 historic buildings, including three frame houses (c1830-1900), a store, a carding mill, a church and a forge.
Visitors take part in a traditional céilidh, hear Gaelic singing, learn to speak Gaelic phrases, and become captivated by the spirit of the pioneering Scottish Gaels. Costumed animators demonstrate traditional skills such as weaving, quilting and rug hooking. The rural setting that features a Hebridean style blackhouse, a 19th-century wooden church, period farmhouses, and rare farm animals such as Soay sheep and Highland cattle.
The facility is open from June to mid-October. An admission fee is charged.
Parking on site. Bus tours are welcome. A genealogical service, Roots Cape
Breton, is also available.
For more fun, visit the Cape Breton Centre for Craft
For other Celtic events in Canada, visit New Brunswick’s Irish Festival
on the Miramichi in late July (http://canadasirishfest.com)
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