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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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