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Celtic Colours International Festival 2013 lineup announced. Tickets on sale now!

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.

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Immerse yourself in our living Celtic culture at 238 Community Cultural Events

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.

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Haugaard and Fraser 2013 Artists in Residence

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.

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2013 special projects offer fresh perspectives on tradition

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.

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A Celebration of Life and a Legacy for Rita MacNeil

The Celtic Colours International Festival Staff and Board are saddened by the loss of Cape Breton’s First Lady of Song, Rita MacNeil. We extend our condolences to her family, friends and many fans.

Musical friends and colleagues of Rita MacNeil are coming together for a celebration of her life on Monday, May 6th at Center 200 in Sydney. It is an opportunity for the entire community of her friends and fans to remember her, to celebrate her impact, and to say goodbye. The evening will be called “Home I’ll Be: Remembering Rita”. It will start at 7:30 PM. A nominal ticket price of $10 will allow everyone to be there and all proceeds will go toward a scholarship in her name for the newly-announced Music degree program (BACS in Music) at Cape Breton University. Click for full details.

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Now booking 2013’s “Celtic Colours in the Schools” programs

Did you know that Celtic Colours offers educational presentations that can be brought right to your school?

To the delight of students and to the benefit of teachers, we offer two 50-minute musical programs that are curriculum-connected, and fun! And, they can be brought to schools all over Cape Breton Island.

For more information on bringing these programs to your school, watch the above video and then visit our schools program page.

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