By Laura Jean Grant – The Cape Breton Post
SYDNEY – With just days to go until the first performers hit the Celtic
Colours stage, the festival has been nominated for a national tourism
Earlier this week, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada released
its list of finalists for 13 awards, which included the Celtic Colours
International Festival in the event of the year category. Its
competition for the award are an agri-food festival in Ville-Marie,
Que. and a music festival at Fort William Historical Park in Ontario.
The winners will be announced at a gala dinner Oct. 23 in Jasper, Alta.
This is the first time Celtic Colours has been nominated by this
organization and festival co-director Max MacDonald said any
recognition for the Cape Breton event is welcomed.
“The fact that a national organization has short-listed us as one of
the three top events in the country, that’s great,” he said. “It’s
almost hard to think about it because we’re so in the middle of the
final preparations for the festival but it does give a boost. It gives
a boost for all the volunteers and hopefully for the community, this
type of national recognition.”
The 10th edition of the Celtic Colours Festival begins Oct. 6 and after
months of planning, MacDonald said all that’s really left to do is
those final last-minute details.
“We’re just so ready. We just want to hear some music,” he said.
The annual nine-day festival celebrates Celtic music and culture with
concerts, workshops and special events in communities across Cape
Breton. Celtic Colours draws performers from around the world.
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