Celtic Heart

Welcome to Celtic Heart, your guide to discovering Cape Breton Island's living Celtic culture, the only one of its kind in North America.

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Feis An Eilein

24th Annual Féis an Eilein August 19th-23rd 2014 A Feis is a community-based festival designed to promote the Gaelic language and culture of an area in part through the provision of educational and social activities for people of all ages. The first Féis was held on the Isle of Barra in 1981. The community of.. More

Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College

Whether you’re looking for an educational tour, a relaxing culinary experience, or an interactive day of fun, Colaisde na Gàidhlig has something for you!  While visiting Colaisde na Gàidhlig, enjoy a day filled with culture, learning, and fun. The Craft Shop at Colaisde na Gàidhlig is your first stop when visiting campus and is now.. More

Celtic Colours International Festival

For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is home to a unique celebration of music and culture as the Celtic Colours International Festival presents dozens of concerts all over the island, an extensive line-up of community events, and a nightly Festival Club. Over the years, artists have traveled from Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, Brittany,.. More

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

A must see during your visit to our Island is the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design in downtown Sydney. The stunning Gallery Shop contains the work of over 70 Cape Breton artisans. Hundreds of unique and one-of-a-kind items are on display and available for purchase. The Centre also hosts exhibitions and a variety.. More

Baile nan Gàidheal/Highland Village

We are North America’s only living history museum for Gaelic language and culture. Our breathtaking 43-acre site features one of the most unbelievable views of the Barramens Strait, eleven historic buildings, including three frame houses (c1830-1900), a store, a carding mill, a church and a forge. Take part in a traditional céilidh, hear Gaelic singing,.. More

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KitchenFest! | Féis a’ Chidsin!

KitchenFest! | Féis a’ Chidsin!

July 2nd, 2016

From July 2 to 8, the island ceilidh season kicks off in style - in 26 venues, with 100+ events, and over 150 performers, Cape Breton will welcome one and all to the showcase of all things local; music, food,…

Blas Math Lunchtime Ceilidhs

Blas Math Lunchtime Ceilidhs

July 4th, 2016

Make plans for one of our Blas Math lunchtime ceilidhs, and get a taste of our lively music and dance, and a hearty home-cooked meal. Tap your toes to the sounds of fiddle, piano, bagpipes, Gaelic song, and more when…

Glendale Ceilidh Days

Glendale Ceilidh Days

July 8th, 2016

Gaelic Cultural Festival, workshops and annual Scottish Concert. The Glendale Ceilidh Days culminates on Sunday with a popular outdoor concert from 2-5 pm that draws some of Cape Breton's finest fiddlers, dancers, pipers, and Gaelic singers.