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Learning Opportunities

Learning Opportunities offer a variety of workshops, presentations, demonstrations and interactive lectures based on Celtic cultural history, music, dance, art, craft, and community heritage. Weaving together the traditional connections of our communities, the intricate technical knowledge of our performers, and those who focus on aspects of Celtic culture in their academic pursuits, the series is sure to entertain and enlighten you.

Below are all of the Learning Opportunities we presented during Celtic Colours 2013 in chronological order. This list is now for illustration purposes only. 2014′s artist, concert and community cultural event lineups will be announced on Monday, June 23rd and tickets will go on sale on Monday, July 7th 2014.

Friday, October 11th

1:00 PMAm Breacan Bòidheach Fàsanta: Mary’s Bonny Plaid – Natural Dye Workshop – Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach – Iona – $10


Saturday, October 12th

9:00 AMAcadian – Celtic Crossovers – Étoile de l'Acadie – Sydney – $5

9:30 AMStep Dance & Square Dance Workshops – Waterfront Centre – Whycocomagh – $10

10:00 AMPrecenting of the Gaelic Psalms – South Haven Community Hall – South Haven – $20 lunch provided

10:00 AMFéis Mhàbu Cultural Workshops for Youth – Dalbrae Academy – Mabou – $10 / workshop; $20 day pass; $50 family pass for 3 or more children

10:45 AMDance in Cape Breton and French Canada – Étoile de l'Acadie – Sydney – $5

12:30 PMFirst Nations Basket Weaving with Donna Paulette – Baddeck Volunteer Fire Department Community Centre – Baddeck – $50 includes all materials

2:30 PMSt. Ann’s Songs & Supper – Englishtown Community Hall – Englishtown – $22 meal & songs; $12 for meal OR songs


Sunday, October 13th

9:00 AMAcadian traditional music and the North American diaspora – Cape Breton University - Multipurpose Room (CE-241) – Sydney – $5

10:45 AMAcadian fiddle traditions in the Maritimes – Cape Breton University - Multipurpose Room (CE-241) – Sydney – $5

12:30 PMIntroduction to Cape Breton Style Rug Hooking with Violet Abraham – Baddeck Volunteer Fire Department Community Centre – Baddeck – $50 includes all materials

1:00 PMWeaving Demonstration – Scotsville School of Crafts – Scotsville – Donation


Monday, October 14th

10:00 AMTamarin Demonstration (Pulled Candy) – Lorenzo Building - Le Noir Landing – Arichat – $5

10:00 AMBuddy MacMaster School of Fiddling – Celtic Music Interpretive Centre – Judique – Full week $500 + HST; single day $150 + HST; lunch provided.

10:30 AMCBC Mainstreet Live – Knox Presbyterian Church – Baddeck – Free

11:00 AMFiddle from Scratch – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $35

11:00 AMJoe Neil MacNeil Annual Memorial Lecture – Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach – Iona – Free

12:30 PMCeltic Knot Quilting with Norma Marchant – Baddeck Volunteer Fire Department Community Centre – Baddeck – $50 includes all materials

12:30 PMBeginner and Intermediate Fiddle Classes – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $35

1:00 PMThe Bell Series: String Quartet and Fiddling traditions – Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site – Baddeck – Free

1:00 PMGuiding Lights of Isle Madame – Lennox Passage Provincial Park – Lennox Passage – $20

1:00 PMHands-on Spinning Demonstration – Scotsville School of Crafts – Scotsville – Donation

1:30 PMSquare Dance Workshop – St. Peter's Firehall – St. Peter's – $10

2:00 PMAdvanced Fiddle Class – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $35

2:00 PMBeginner Tin Whistle – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $15

2:00 PMLaissez entrer les Mi-carême – Mi-Carême Center – Grand Étang Harbour – $15

3:00 PMCeltic Guitar Chording – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $35


Tuesday, October 15th

10:00 AMBuddy MacMaster School of Fiddling – Celtic Music Interpretive Centre – Judique – Full week $500 + HST; single day $150 + HST; lunch provided.

10:30 AMCBC Mainstreet Live – Knox Presbyterian Church – Baddeck – Free

11:00 AMFiddle from Scratch – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $35

12:15 PMCeltic Conversations: Finland Fiddle Traditions – McConnell Library – Sydney – Free

12:30 PMBasketry Workshop – Scotsville School of Crafts – Scotsville – $50 includes materials

12:30 PMBobbin lace for absolute beginners with Suzanne Craig – Baddeck Volunteer Fire Department Community Centre – Baddeck – $50 includes all materials

12:30 PMBeginner and Intermediate Fiddle Classes – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $35

1:00 PMThe Bell Series: Fanoe Island Music – Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site – Baddeck – Free

1:00 PMSounds & Supper by the Sea – Lobsters R Us – L'Ardoise – $30

2:00 PMStorytelling – Tales of the Port Hood & Louisbourg connection – Chestico Museum – Port Hood – $10

2:00 PMAdvanced Fiddle Class – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $35

2:00 PMLaissez entrer les Mi-carême – Mi-Carême Center – Grand Étang Harbour – $15

2:00 PMLuthier Workshop with Johannes Sturm – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $20

2:00 PMTraditional Céilidh – Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach – Iona – Museum charges apply

3:00 PMCeltic Guitar Chording – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $35

3:30 PMTales of the Train – Orangedale Station – Orangedale – Donation


Wednesday, October 16th

10:00 AMCeltic Walk – Scotsville School of Crafts – Scotsville – Donation

10:00 AMBuddy MacMaster School of Fiddling – Celtic Music Interpretive Centre – Judique – Full week $500 + HST; single day $150 + HST; lunch provided.

10:30 AMCBC Mainstreet Live – Knox Presbyterian Church – Baddeck – Free

12:15 PMCeltic Conversations: From Norway to Ireland – McConnell Library – Sydney – Free

1:00 PMThe Bell Series: Gaelic Songs from South Uist – Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site – Baddeck – Free

1:00 PMSquare Dance Lessons – Scotsville School of Crafts – Scotsville – $20

1:00 PMScruggs and Clawhammer Banjo – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $35

2:00 PMBeginner Tin Whistle – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $15

2:00 PMLaissez entrer les Mi-carême – Mi-Carême Center – Grand Étang Harbour – $15

3:00 PMSinging 101 – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $35


Thursday, October 17th

10:00 AMBuddy MacMaster School of Fiddling – Celtic Music Interpretive Centre – Judique – Full week $500 + HST; single day $150 + HST; lunch provided.

11:00 AMFiddle from Scratch – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $35

12:15 PMCeltic Conversations: Traditional Music and Dance from Quebec – McConnell Library – Sydney – Free

12:30 PMBeginner and Intermediate Fiddle Classes – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $35

1:00 PMThe Bell Series: Danish Musical Traditions – Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site – Baddeck – Free

1:00 PMTying the Traditional Cape Breton Salmon Fly – Wilson United Church Hall – Margaree Centre – $10

2:00 PMAdvanced Fiddle Class – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $35

2:00 PMGuitar Masterclass – Celtic Music Interpretive Centre – Judique –

2:00 PMLaissez entrer les Mi-carême – Mi-Carême Center – Grand Étang Harbour – $15

2:00 PMTraditional Céilidh & Gaelic Song – Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach – Iona – Museum admission charges apply.

3:00 PMCeltic Guitar Chording – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $35


Friday, October 18th

10:00 AMBuddy MacMaster School of Fiddling – Celtic Music Interpretive Centre – Judique – Full week $500 + HST; single day $150 + HST; lunch provided.

10:30 AMCBC Mainstreet Live – Knox Presbyterian Church – Baddeck – Free

11:00 AMFiddle from Scratch – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $35

12:15 PMCeltic Conversations: Denmark meets Cape Breton – McConnell Library – Sydney – Free

1:00 PMThe Bell Series: Southern Routes – Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site – Baddeck – Free

1:00 PMHighland History from a Gaelic Perspective – Scotsville School of Crafts – Scotsville –

1:00 PMCeltic Knot Class – Masonic Hall – Baddeck – $10

1:00 PMStepping with the Ladies – Every Woman's Centre – Sydney – $12

2:00 PMSpecial Storytelling Tour – Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach – Iona – Museum charges apply

2:00 PMGuitar Workshop with J.P. Cormier – Bras d'Or Lakes Inn – St. Peter's – $35

2:00 PMLaissez entrer les Mi-carême – Mi-Carême Center – Grand Étang Harbour – $15

3:00 PMTales from the Blue Room – Gaelic Singers Hall – Breton Cove – Free


Saturday, October 19th

10:00 AMFéis a’ Bhràigh – Taigh an t-Sagairt (The Fr. John Angus Rankin Cultural Centre) – Glendale – Free


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