(Sydney, NS) – Celtic Colours International Festival has been recognized for their organizational efforts in 2008-2009 with a Community Achievement Award. The award was presented during the Victoria County’s Volunteer Recognition night held at the Gaelic College of Arts and Crafts, in St. Ann’s on Thursday, April 23.
In particular, the Festival was praised for working with communities to present concerts, workshops and educational programs, its efforts to preserve and celebrate Celtic culture, music and the Gaelic language, and for its economic impact on the Island.
Celtic Colours generated an economic impact of approximately $4.5 million in 2008. That impact is felt throughout Cape Breton Island because of the de-centralized design of the Festival that saw 47 concerts and more than 250 community events and workshops presented in 45 communities around the island.
Board member Jim Kelly accepted the award on behalf of Celtic Colours, and Festival organizers are pleased to share the accolades with the hundreds of volunteers in communities around the island whose tireless effort makes the festival possible.
“We are honoured to be recognized in our own community,” says Festival Director Joella Foulds. “This festival couldn’t happen on the scale that it does, and with such great success, if it weren’t for the, literally, thousands of volunteers who manage stages, transport artists, organize community events, prepare meals and do so much more behind the scenes.”
Festival organizers are in the midst of preparations for its thirteenth year. The 2009 Celtic Colours International Festival will take place October 9-17. The focus this year will be on the influence and impact of Irish music and culture on the Celtic music of the world. The full lineup will be announced June 22 and tickets go on sale July 6.