Record Opening Sales for Celtic Colours

(Sydney, N.S.) It’s difficult to imagine the cool days of
October while you’re in the midst of an East Coast heat wave. However,
that’s exactly what fans of the Celtic Colours International Festival,
which runs from October 7-15, have been doing for the last week.

Now in its ninth year, the Festival has experienced record sales since
tickets went on sale July 11. Sales were up 27% over the same period
one year ago.

“It’s very gratifying to see that there is a growing audience for the
direction we have taken with Celtic Colours,” said Festival Director
Max MacDonald.

The tickets were evenly distributed between American and Canadian buyers.

“People travel here from all over the world and they want to be sure
they have tickets to the shows they want to see,” said MacDonald,
explaining the early interest in ticket buying.

This year’s event will feature 48 concerts during nine days in
communities all over Cape Breton Island, a similar number of workshops,
a schools’ program and a visual arts program. There will be performers
coming from all over Canada, the United States, Ireland, Scotland,
England and Denmark.

New to the festival this year are two opening shows, taking place
simultaneously in Sydney and Port Hawkesbury. Both of these shows will
be presented in brand new venues—the Sydney Marine Terminal and the
Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.

For full details on festival events go to or call 562-6700 or 1-877-285-2321 (toll free).

To purchase tickets or to have a list of events sent to you, please
phone the Celtic Colours Box Office at 567-3000 or 1-888-355-7744 (Toll

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Celtic Colours Box Office,
located at the Sydney Marine Terminal on Sydney’s waterfront, 9am-5pm
(Atlantic Daylight Time), Monday to Saturday.

The Celtic Colours International Festival greatly appreciates the
financial contributions of Nova Scotia’s Department of Tourism and
Culture, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Enterprise Cape Breton
Corporation, Cape Breton Credit Unions, Ultramar, and media sponsor CBC
Maritimes, as well as our many other partners.

Call toll free for more information +1(877) 285-2321