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Celtic Colours International Festival

Date: October 9th 2020 until October 17th 2020

In light of the current state of the world, and with the uncertainty of what lies ahead regarding travel and public gatherings, we will not be hosting this year’s Festival as planned.

Instead, we’re excited to announce that we are working hard to bring you Celtic Colours International Festival At Home. We hope that you’ll tune in and enjoy the Celtic Colours experience online—in the comfort and safety of your own home—featuring performances as well as some local flavour to keep you connected with Cape Breton Island and the Celtic Colours community.

While we will miss hosting artists and guests from around the world and sharing our world-famous hospitality and scenery, it is our top priority at this time to keep our audience, artists, volunteers, and partners safe.

So stay tuned over the summer months for more details and until then, mark your calendars for

Celtic Colours International Festival At Home 

9-17 October 2020

Take care of yourselves and stay safe.


The Celtic Colours International Festival is a unique celebration of Cape Breton Island’s living traditional culture. For nine days in October you’ll discover hundreds of events and activities taking place in communities around the Island.

Since its introduction in 1997, Celtic Colours has grown to become one of Canada’s premiere musical events and a cultural highlight in Nova Scotia—showcasing the musical culture of Cape Breton to tens of thousands of visitors from more than two dozen countries.

At one of the many concerts, you’ll find some of the world’s finest musicians sharing the stage with Cape Breton’s best musicians, singers, dancers, and story-tellers in venues that range from community halls and churches to modern schools and theatres.

Ensuring you have plenty of things to do, Celtic Colours also offers five types of Community Cultural Events:

· The Learning Opportunities series will entertain and enlighten you with a variety of workshops, presentations, demonstrations, and lectures on Celtic history, music, dance, art, craft, and community heritage.

· At Participatory Events you are welcome as a spectator or to immerse yourself in the action and join in on a Square Dance, session, or milling frolic.

· Get outside and enjoy the spectacular scenery at one of the Outdoor Events. Guided walks, hikes, and boat tours put you in the fresh air.

· The Visual Art/Heritage Craft Series offers a wide variety of events for art enthusiasts, skilled artists, hobbyists, and collectors. Exhibitions, demonstrations, and workshops celebrate the creative spirit that thrives on Cape Breton.

· Break bread together and share a home-cooked meal at one of the many Community Meals or visit one of the Farmers’ Markets where you’ll find locally-grown food, honey and handmade goods.

The Festival is held during Cape Breton’s most spectacular season when the leaves are turning colour and the vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges bring the breathtaking scenery to life as you travel from event to event. These travels may take you around Canada’s largest saltwater lake—the pristine Bras d’Or Lake, or along the Cabot Trail, often called North America’s most scenic drive. Wherever you go on Cape Breton Island at this time of year, you are bound to find amazing scenery around every turn.

This festival is part of Destination Canada’s Canadian Signature Experiences collection, which shows the world the best that Canada has to offer.

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