The reviews are in and festival goers and the press agree – Celtic Colours 2013 was a magical experience!
We recorded nine shows in 2013 and chose the best tracks from nearly 27 hours of incredible music.
The lineup for the 17th Celtic Colours International Festival includes an exciting mix of local, national, and international artists, festival favourites and Celtic Colours newcomers.
During the course of 46 concerts and more than 200 Community Cultural Events, the award-winning festival will explore musical and cultural connections between Cape Breton and Nordic neighbours from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Shetland; pay tribute to iconic Cape Breton performers and culture bearers; and present some of the finest Celtic and traditional musicians, singers, and dancers from around the world. Click through to read all the exciting details.
We’re delighted to share a glimpse of the various types of community cultural events offered by our hundreds of community organization partners. The above videos provide a sneak peek at the community spirit ingrained in our partner organizations, and the enjoyment that our guests take from the experiences. You’ll want to include some of these in your Celtic Colours itinerary planning.
Every year Celtic Colours invites two unique artists to take on a leading role in some aspect of the festival as our Artists in Residence. This year’s Artists in Residence are Harald Haugaard from Denmark and Kimberley Fraser from Cape Breton.
Tributes to Cape Breton fiddlers Alex Francis MacKay and Joe Peter MacLean, the songs of the Rankins, and to both the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association and the Cape Breton Chorale, who are celebrating 40th anniversaries this year, are scheduled alongside new concerts celebrating dance traditions and night life in the 18th century at Fortress Louisbourg.
Join us October 11-19 and experience 46 shows and more than 200 community cultural events in nearly 60 communities throughout Cape Breton Island. Click through for more information.
If you were unable to make it to the show, or catch the live stream, you can still enjoy this stunning tribute to Rita MacNeil featuring many prominent members of Cape Breton Island’s musical community.