St. Anns, NS – For generations Celts honored their culture in song and story. The skirl of the pipes, the call of the drums, and the voices raised in song brought people together to celebrate.
The dawning of a new millenium brings with it many changes, but on Cape Breton Island, October 6 – 14, 2000, the past and present will meet as the songs and stories of Celtic Colours are heard once more.
This year’s nine-day festival is headquartered at the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts. Located on beautiful St. Ann’s Bay, the college stands as the hub of Gaelic culture on the Island. The Gaelic College will provide artist accommodation and will be a venue, a host facility for the hugely popular late night Festival Club, the site of several workshops, as well as, the media and information center.
Sam MacPhee, Chair of the Celtic Colours Festival Society, says his organization is excited about this year’s event. ” Cape Breton will welcome performers from five countries. We will share their stories and talents, as well as our own. Our local artists will be featured on the international stage alongside performers from across North America, Scotland, Ireland, and France.”
Twenty-six (26) Cape Breton communities will host festival events this year. From the Whycocomagh Gathering to the Square Dance in Big Pond, from the Opening Gala at Glace Bay’s Savoy Theatre to the final Kitchen Ceilidh in Baddeck, the sights and sounds of this year’s celebration will inspire audiences to experience Cape Breton hospitality at its finest.
Appreciation is extended to our sponsors at the Gold, Scarlet, Orange, Green, and Patron levels and to all festival friends. Minister of Nova Scotia Tourism and Culture, Rodney MacDonald, says Celtic Colours represents innovative community and economic development for Nova Scotia, “In its short three-year history, the Celtic Colours International Festival has become one of Nova Scotia’s premier cultural events. The festival offers one of the best examples of how culture and tourism, when working together, create opportunity for cultural community and economic growth. We’re pleased to support this event and are proud of the Province’s long-standing affiliation with the festival.”
In 1999, the Festival sold over fourteen thousand tickets (14,000) to audiences from twenty (20) countries and injected over 4.4 million dollars into the local economy. Last year, festival revenue grew by $500,000, and this year’s show is expected to meet or beat that target.
Celtic Colours 2000 will feature such artists as: Cape Breton’s Barra Mac Neils, Ireland’s Danu, Scotland’s Dougie MacLean and Blazin’ Fiddles, J.P. Cormier, Jerry Holland, Celtic Tide, John Allan Cameron, Tommy Makem, Howie MacDonald, and many more.
Join us during our most resplendent season when nature unfurls her rich fall tapestry. Travel our Island and take in the festivities. Let your toes tap and your hands clap as the sights and sounds of Celtic Colours 2000 welcome you.
The bowstrings are rosined, the guitars and pianos in tune, the voices are primed to make this year’s festival the best in its four-year history.