(Sydney, NS) As Celtic music fans around the world wait anxiously for Celtic Colours International Festival to announce their 2009 line-up in June, Festival staff is hard at work putting the pieces together for the award-winning event’s thirteenth year.
One of the things that sets Celtic Colours apart from the vast majority of festivals taking place around the globe is that it isn’t limited to just one location. Communities around Cape Breton Island host concerts and workshops at a time when the fall leaves are at their most brilliant and traveling around the island offers one breathtaking view after another. These communities have nurtured the culture for over 200 years, providing context for the roots of the music and celebrating each community’s contribution to the island’s living Celtic culture.
Venues for Celtic Colours concerts in 2009 include an 18th Century reconstructed French Chapel, state of the art performance facilities, and community halls, churches and schools in 32 communities around the Island. While the venues vary in primary function and size-from the 150 seat Christmas Island Fire Hall to the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre and Sydney Marine Terminal with a capacity of over 1000 each-they share in common the prominent place each holds in the community it serves. The Celtic culture of music, dance and story-telling lives on in these communities and provides the foundation for the celebration of living culture that is the Celtic Colours International Festival.
“Each year, in January, the Festival advertises for expressions of interest from community organizations interested in hosting Celtic Colours concerts, workshops and other events,” says Dave Mahalik, Information Officer for the Festival. “Once applications are received, venues are chosen based on suitability according to set criteria. And then, around the end of April each year, the venues are announced.”
The Celtic Colours International Festival will open this year with a concert in Port Hawkesbury on October 9 and close with a concert in Sydney on October 17. In total, there will be 44 concerts taking place in Port Hawkesbury, Sydney, Boularderie, Inverness, Wagmatcook, St. Ann’s, Boisdale, Marion Bridge, Whycocomagh, Louisbourg, Judique, North River, Sydney Mines, Albert Bridge, D’Escousse, Mabou, Cheticamp, Lower River Inhabitants, Sydney River, Christmas Island, Port Morien, Dingwall, Glendale, St. Peter’s, Iona, Ingonish, Baddeck, Terre Noire, Glace Bay, Big Pond, and Orangedale.
View the Community & Venue Schedule
For the full list of concert venues and the communities where they will take place, visit www.celtic-colours.com