Venues announced for Celtic Colours 2018

Although it’s only been a few months since the close of last year’s Celtic Colours International Festival, staff of the award-winning event is hard at work putting the pieces together for its twenty-second year.

“While we can’t yet announce the roster of artists who will be performing at this year’s Festival, we are happy to reveal the venue schedule for 2018,” said Mike MacSween, Executive Director of Celtic Colours. “We have completed the process of scheduling our venues a bit earlier this year in order to assist our customers in planning their Celtic Colours experience. This is especially welcome news to our fans from some distance, who, of course, must reserve accommodations in advance.”

One of the things that sets Celtic Colours apart from most other festivals around the world is that it isn’t limited to just one location. Communities all over Cape Breton Island host concerts and workshops while the fall leaves are at their most brilliant and traveling around the Island offers one breathtaking view after another. Concerts are held in the communities where the culture has been nurtured for hundreds of years, providing context for the roots of the music and celebrating each community’s contribution to the island’s living Celtic culture.

This year’s schedule includes a mix of nighttime concerts and afternoon matinees, including four licensed shows and the nightly Festival Club at Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College in St. Ann’s, for those 19 years and over.

Iconic Celtic Colours venues like the historic Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay and the celebrated Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site are back, as well as some of the Island’s most beautiful churches, and an array of schools, state-of- the-art performance facilities, and community, parish and fire halls in 34 communities around the Island.

While the venues vary in primary function and size—from the hundred seat North River Community Hall to Centre 200 in Sydney with a capacity of thousands—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.

The Celtic Colours International Festival will open this year with a concert in Port Hawkesbury on October 5 and close in Sydney on October 13 with a concert at Centre 200. In total, there will be 49 concerts taking place in Aspy Bay, Baddeck, Belle Côté, Big Pond, Boisdale, Boularderie, Chéticamp, Christmas Island, D’Escousse, Eskasoni, Glace Bay, Glendale, Ingonish, Inverness, Iona, Judique, L’Ardoise, Louisbourg, Lower River Inhabitants, Mabou, Marion Bridge, Membertou, New Waterford, North River, North Sydney, Port Hawkesbury, Port Morien, St. Ann’s, St. Peter’s, Sydney, Sydney Mines, Sydney River, Wagmatcook, and Whycocomagh.


FRIDAY, October 5

7:30PM • Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, Port Hawkesbury

11:00PM • Festival Club, St. Ann’s (19 & over, photo ID required)

SATURDAY, October 6

2:00PM • Christmas Island Fire Hall, Christmas Island

2:00PM • Big Pond Community Centre / Fire Hall, Big Pond

2:00PM • St. Matthew’s United Church, Inverness

7:30PM • Savoy Theatre, Glace Bay

7:30PM • Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre (SAERC), Port Hawkesbury

7:30PM • Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre, Wagmatcook

7:30PM • Boularderie Elementary School, Boularderie

11:00PM • Festival Club, St. Ann’s (19 & over, photo ID required)

SUNDAY, October 7

2:00PM • Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College. St. Ann’s

2:00PM • La Place des arts Père Anselme Chiasson, Chéticamp

6:00PM • Fortress of Louisbourg Chapel, Fortress of Louisbourg

7:30PM • Boisdale Volunteer Fire Department, Boisdale

7:30PM • Whycocomagh Education Centre, Whycocomagh

7:30PM • Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, Sydney

11:00PM • Festival Club, St. Ann’s (19 & over, photo ID required)

MONDAY, October 8

2:00PM • Sarah Denny Cultural Center, Eskasoni

7:30PM • Membertou Trade & Convention Centre, Membertou (19 & over, photo ID required)

7:30PM • St. Matthew Wesley United Church, North Sydney

7:30PM • Judique Community Centre, Judique

7:30PM • D’Escousse Civic Improvement Hall, D’Escousse

7:30PM • Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Baddeck

11:00PM • Festival Club, St. Ann’s (19 & over, photo ID required)

TUESDAY, October 9

2:00PM • Calvin United Church, New Waterford

7:30PM • Strathspey Performing Arts Centre, Mabou

7:30PM • La Place des arts Père Anselme Chiasson, Chéticamp

7:30PM • Riverdale Community Centre, Lower River Inhabitants

7:30PM • Our Lady of Fatima Church, Sydney River

7:30PM • Port Morien Legion / Community Centre, Port Morien

11:00PM • Festival Club, St. Ann’s (19 & over, photo ID required)

WEDNESDAY, October 10

2:00PM • North River Community Hall, North River

7:30PM • Strathspey Performing Arts Centre, Mabou

7:30PM • North Highlands Elementary School, Aspy Bay

7:30PM • St. Mary of the Angels Parish Hall, Glendale

7:30PM • Louisbourg Playhouse, Louisbourg

7:30PM • St. Peter’s Lions Club, St. Peter’s

7:30PM • St. Joseph Church, North Sydney

11:00PM • Festival Club, St. Ann’s (19 & over, photo ID required)

THURSDAY, October 11

7:30PM • Judique Community Centre, Judique

7:30PM • Baile nan Gàidheal / Highland Village: Malagawatch Church, Iona

7:30PM • Inverary Inn: MacAulay Conference Centre, Baddeck (19 & over, photo ID required)

7:30PM • L’Ardoise Community Centre, L’Ardoise

7:30PM • United Protestant Church of Sydney River, Sydney River

7:30PM • St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Ingonish

7:30PM • Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre / Academy, Belle Côté

11:00PM • Festival Club, St. Ann’s (19 & over, photo ID required)

FRIDAY, October 12

2:00PM • Marion Bridge Community Centre, Marion Bridge

5:00PM • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, Fortress of Louisbourg (19 & over, photo ID required)

7:30PM • Membertou Trade & Convention Centre, Membertou (19 & over, photo ID required)

7:30PM • Inverness Education Centre / Academy, Inverness

7:30PM • St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Sydney Mines

7:30PM • Greenwood United Church, Baddeck

11:00PM • Festival Club, St. Ann’s (19 & over, photo ID required)

SATURDAY, October 13

2:00PM • Highland Arts Theatre, Sydney

2:00PM • Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College, St. Ann’s

7:30PM • Centre 200, Sydney

11:00PM • Festival Club, St. Ann’s (19 & over, photo ID required)

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