Celtic Colours International Festival hoists sails for 14th season!

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Celtic Colours International Festival hoists sails for 14th season!

33 communities host shows in 2010

One of the things that sets Celtic Colours International Festival apart from the vast majority of festivals 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 2010, taking place October 8-16th, include an 18th Century reconstructed French chapel, state of the art performance facilities, and community halls, churches and schools in 33 communities around the Island. While the venues vary in primary function and size—from the 127 seat North River Community Hall to the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre and Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion 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.

Click here to view the entire 2010 community schedule

Win tickets to our exclusive June 17th line up launch concert!

We are exited to reveal our 2010 artist line-up during a concert at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in Sydney on June 17 as part of the celebration of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

The concert, A Taste of Celtic Colours, will start at 8pm and will include J.P. Cormier, The Colin Grant Band, Buddy MacDonald, Rachel Davis and Lewis MacKinnon.

“Having this concert to coincide with the visit of the Cape Breton Clipper and other participants involved in the Round the World Yacht Race is a natural fit,” says Dan Coffin, Marketing Director of Celtic Colours International Festival. “We’re excited about this year’s Festival lineup, and this is a great opportunity to share that excitement with the local community, and to show visitors to the island what Celtic Colours, and Cape Breton hospitality, is all about. The Cape Breton Clipper is being marketed as ‘Nova Scotia’s Masterpiece’ and we like to think of Celtic Colours as one of Cape Breton’s Masterpieces.”

The seventh Clipper Round the World Yacht Race began on September 13, 2009 when a fleet of ten identical 68-foot stripped down yachts left Humber on the northeast coast of England to race 35,000 miles and visit fourteen ports of call on five continents before reaching the finish line in July 2010. The “Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia’s Masterpiece” yacht is the only Canadian entry in the race and the only entry from the Atlantic seaboard. The boat itself has been branded with a magnificent eagle that will market our island to the global audience of 215 million people that the clipper event attracts.

How can you win?

Tickets are available to be won by fans of Celtic Colours International Festival. Simply share a short story or favorite Celtic Colours memory and your name will entered to into a draw for a pair of tickets to the June 17th concert. The random draw will take place on June 11th. Tickets can also be won through contests on our Facebook or Twitter pages or through one of our media partners, CBC Radio, The Coast 89.7 FM, and the Cape Breton Post.

Click here for complete information on winning tickets to our launch concert

Tickets for 2010 Festival go on sale July 5th

Tickets will go on sale Monday, July 5 at 9:00am ADT

Tickets will be available through our website www.celtic-colours.com, via our toll free number or at our Box Office located in the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, 74 Esplanade, Sydney. A number of venues and hosting organizations will also have tickets available for their shows within their communities.

Traditionally our first day of sales can be rather busy and we ask for your patience and understanding if you are planning to reserve tickets on July 5th.

Our Box Office and phone lines will be open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm & tickets can be purchased online 24/7.

High Definition videos from our ECMA 2010 Festival Club Stage now online!

Celtic Colours hosted a wildly successful Festival Club Stage during the recent East Coast Music Association weekend held here in Cape Breton. Over 30 of our Island’s best musicians performed some of the finest traditional music our region has to offer for almost one thousand audience members.

If you weren’t able to make it to the show, or want to relive the excitement, be sure to visit our YouTube Channel to check out nine, brand new, high definition videos created by our friends at Shot On Site Media. The videos feature top notch performances by Dawn and Margie Beaton, Gillian Boucher, Jennifer Roland, The Colin Grant Band and more.

Patrick Gillis, Dawn Beaton and Margie Beaton perform during ECMA 2010

Connect with Us Online

Be sure to keep up with all of the exciting Celtic Colours news and interact with other fans and friends of the festival by following us on Twitter or Facebook and our Community Forum. Many of our community members are regular attendees of the festival and are always willing to share their experiences and answer any questions you may have about the event.

Watch for more information on Celtic Colours International Festival 2010, taking place October 8-16.

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One thought on “Celtic Colours International Festival hoists sails for 14th season!

  1. deseo saber con quien debo contactarme para poder participar en el próximo festival 2011 .siendo que soy arpista de arpa eléctrica en música celta de argentina. Siendo el único exponente ,lo cual he representado en los festivales de Sentmenat Barcelona, Celtica 2010 italia,Festival interceltique de Lorient Francia. Espero su respuesta y requisitos para mi participación. Gracias!!! Athy arpista y compositor.

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