Celtic Colours International Festival

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (NS)

Tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world flock to Cape Breton Island for nine days in October to take part in an extensive line-up of more than 250 community events all over the island and to celebrate the music and the culture of the Celtic peoples.

Apart from those travelling from across the USA and Canada, visitors to the Celtic Colours International Festival have come from as far as Great Britain, other parts of Europe, and even the Caribbean.

A Cape Breton tradition since 1997, the Celtic Colours International Festival has featured hundreds of artists including musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers from all over the Celtic world in concerts (sometimes 8 a day), workshops, and exhibitions across the island.

One of the reasons for the success of the Celtic Colours International Festival on Cape Breton Island is that the communities in which the events are being held have their roots deeply imbedded in the Celtic culture, in the music and the art and traditions of the Celtic people. There can be no more perfect place to host the many events of the Celtic Colours International Festival.

A highlight of the Celtic Colours International Festival is the “after-hours” Festival Club at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, where artists perform through the night and to the early morning in a setting and mood that is less formal than that of the scheduled concerts.

The festival workshops, another popular facet of the Celtic Colours International Festival, are held for all manner of topics, from the use of Gaelic to instrument instruction and traditional dance, as well as offering cultural tours, ceilidhs and a lecture series.

And last, but not least of the main reasons for visiting the Celtic Colours International Festival on Cape Breton is the time of the year and the amazing colours of fall - scenic splendour that attracts visits from all cultures, and all parts of the world. In fact, Cape Breton Island was noted by Conde Nast Magazine for its scenic beauty and friendly people (voted number one in the world by its readership) and by National Geographic Traveler as being one of the top travel destinations in the world.

Celtic Colours International Festival has been listed as the Tourism Industry Association of Canada 2007 Event of the Year, and has received three East Coast Music Awards for Event of the Year, in 2007, 2006 and 2005, a Tourism Association of Nova Scotia's Crystal Award for Events / Conferences 2002, and was named American Bus Association's Top Event in Canada and Attractions Canada's Top Cultural Event in 2001.

For more information about Celtic Colours International Festival visit the official web site at http://www.celtic-colours.com/

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