Culture

There is a living Celtic culture on Cape Breton Island where, as we say, “the Gaelic is strong”. And we’d love to share it with you.

The Gaelic language and culture has strong roots in Cape Breton that date back to the 18th century. As an island, this culture was preserved and continues to live on today. You can experience the life of the Gaelic settlers at Baile nan Gàidheal (Highland Village), learn a traditional Gaelic milling song and take part in a milling frolic, or even become a Gaelic speaker through one of our immersion programs.

Events

Port Hawkesbury Ceilidhs

Tuesday, July 4th 2017 - Tuesday, October 3rd 2017

Tuesday night Ceilidhs (7:30-9pm) regularly feature Cape Breton fiddle, piano, bagpipes, stepdancing, singing & more July 4         KitchenFest: Michael Hall | Kimberley Fraser | Joe MacMaster | Jeff MacDonald July 11      …

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Lunch Ceilidh at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

Monday, June 12th 2017 - Sunday, October 15th 2017

The Celtic Music Centre's Ceilidh Pub offers daily lunch featuring authentic live Celtic music with some of Cape Breton's best up and coming and seasoned musicians. Enjoy home-cooked Nova Scotia favourites such as our signature…

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Glencoe Day

Sunday, September 3rd 2017

Community celebration with games of chance, horseshoes, Mass at St Joseph's, followed by a dinner and square dance at the Glencoe Mills Hall.

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Celtic Colours International Festival

Friday, October 6th 2017 - Saturday, October 14th 2017

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…

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Blas Math Lunchtime Ceilidhs

Monday, July 3rd 2017 - Friday, September 1st 2017

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,…

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27th Annual Feis an Eilein – Gaelic Cultural Festival

Tuesday, August 15th 2017 - Saturday, August 19th 2017

Féis an Eilein is a community-based festival designed to promote the Gaelic language and culture of our area through educational and social activities for people of all ages. Christmas Island is home to the first…

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Experiences

Celtic Colours International Festival – Cultural Experiences

Friday, October 6th 2017 - Saturday, October 14th 2017

More than 250 cultural experiences await you during Celtic Colours. Break bread and share a home-cooked meal at one of the many Community Meals or visit a Famers' Market for local grown and handmade goods.…

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Highland Village – Adult Living History / Gabh Pàirt `nar Stòiridh – Become Part of Our Story

Explore the vibrant and celebrated history of the Gaels and get a deeper appreciation of their rich culture by becoming part of the story. This two-hour living history program allows you (and your family) to…

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Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College

Experience Gaelic culture with concerts, ceilidhs (pronounced kay-lees), classes, and more! A visit to the Great Hall of the Clans gives you an inside look at the traditions of those who settled in this area.…

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Celtic Colours International Festival

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…

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Highland Village Museum | Baile nan Gàidheal

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…

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