Celtic Colours International Festival recognized by Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce
(Sydney, NS) Joella Foulds, co-founder and producer of the Celtic
Colours International Festival, was the guest speaker at the Annual
General Meeting of the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce on May 30.
Speaking on the subject of the Business of Music in a Changing Cape
Breton Economy, Foulds was also on hand to accept a plaque in
appreciation of the years of dedication to the Celtic Colours
Chamber Interim President Alastair MacLeod commented, “The Chamber of
Commerce is promoting a diversified economy. Celtic Colours is a superb
example of a development which complements our efforts to rebuild the
Cape Breton economy.”
There is a tendency in Cape Breton to think of music as only a
recreational activity. Professional musicians are still often asked,
“What’s your real job?” Sometimes it is difficult for us to imagine
that these musicians, who are our friends and neighbours, are making
their living performing all over the world.
The same can be said for the Celtic Colours International Festival.
People may see an advertisement for a performance in their community
and not realize there are numerous events all over Cape Breton for nine
days, that this event has been recognized far beyond the Canso Causeway
with awards from the American Bus Association, East Coast Music
Association and Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia, and that
this Festival is actually playing a role in driving the Island’s
In fact, Celtic Colours has extended the tourism season and helps to
keep numerous Cape Breton businesses open for an extra week. In doing
so, the festival has generated over $43 million into the Cape Breton
economy over the past nine years.
The interesting thing is that this has been accomplished by simply
being ourselves. Celtic Colours invites people to come and experience
the only living Celtic culture in North America. We are unique and
Celtic Colours celebrates that while recognizing that Cape Breton’s
culture is a renewable resource and if nourished, will continue to
contribute to us as a people and also to the recovery of our economy.
The internationally known, award-winning Festival celebrates its 10th
year in 2006. Running from October 6-14, Celtic Colours will feature
hundreds of artists in more than 40 concerts at venues all over Cape
Breton Island, as well as dozens of workshops, a Visual Art series,
guided walking tours, a new guided cycling event and more. The schedule
will be announced by the end of June 2006 and tickets will go on sale
in mid-July. For more information, visit www.celtic-colours.com or
phone 562-6700 (local) or 1-877-285-2321 (toll free).