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The Irish are Coming!

Bridging the Atlantic with Culture and Music

Celtic Colours International FestivalAs preparations continue for the thirteenth annual Celtic Colours International Festival, organizers are excited to announce that this year’s festival will focus on the strong ties and influence of Irish music and culture. Over the past 12 years, the Festival has offered a wide range of music from Celtic nations around the world. While this has been a very effective way to introduce some of the broad influences on Celtic music and culture world-wide, this year’s event will concentrate on one region, Ireland. As usual, the Festival will feature local and international artists, as well as many from Ireland, as it explores the Irish influence on Cape Breton’s Celtic music and culture and the immense contribution Irish music and culture has had on the Celtic music of the world.

“We are always learning and growing in our understanding of Celtic cultures around the world. This year we plan a major focus on Ireland throughout the festival. We want to compare and contrast the musical traditions that we share with our Irish cousins.”

– Joella Foulds (Artistic Director, Celtic Colours International Festival)

The 2009 Celtic Colours International Festival will take place October 9-17th, in communities all over Cape Breton Island. The full line up for the Festival will be announced on June 22nd, 2009. This announcement will introduce the artists, venues, concerts and community events that will help us celebrate the influences of Irish music and culture in Celtic music world-wide and here in Cape Breton. Tickets will go on Sale this year on July 6th, 2009 and will be available on line at www.celtic-colours.com or at our Box Office at the Sydney Marine Terminal.

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