The Celtic Colours international festival. Over 50 concerts, 12 matinees throughout the festival week. Concerts are held in over 36 communities around Cape Breton Island. This is an annual celebration of Cape Breton’s culture and traditions, through music, song, and dance. Some of the historic venues include the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, the Fortress of Louisbourg, and the state-of-the-art Strathspey Performing Arts Centre in Mabou. Additionally you can find concerts in beautiful churches, an array of schools, parish and fire halls. 

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Day One

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

Day two


Inverness – St. Matthew’s United Church • 2:00PM
Christmas Island – St. Barra Church & Christmas Island Communities Centre • 2:00PM
Petit-de-Grat – La Picasse • 7:30PM
Big Pond – Big Pond Community/Firehall • 7:30PM
Boularderie – Boularderie School • 7:30PM
Wagmatcook – Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre • 7:30PM
Membertou – Membertou Trade and Convention Centre • 7:30PM (19+, ID required)

Day Three


St. Ann’s – Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College • 2:00PM
L’Ardoise – L’Ardoise Community Centre • 2:00PM
Chéticamp – La Place des arts Père-Anselme-Chiasson • 2:00PM
Louisbourg – Fortress of Louisbourg Chapel • 6:00PM
Boisdale – Boisdale Fire Hall • 7:30PM
Whycocomagh – Whycocomagh Education Centre • 7:30PM
Membertou – Membertou Trade and Convention Centre • 7:30PM (19+, ID required)

Day Four

Eskasoni – Sarah Denny Cultural Centre • 2:00PM
Leitches Creek – St. Matthew Wesley United Church • 2:00PM
Judique – Judique Community Centre • 7:30PM
North Sydney – North Sydney Firefighters Club • 7:30PM (19+, ID required)
D’Escousse – D’Escousse Civic Improvement Hall • 7:30PM
Port Hawkesbury – SAERC (Strait Area Education Recreation Centre) • 7:30PM
Sydney – Highland Arts Theatre • 7:30PM

Day Five

New Waterford – Calvin United Church • 2:00PM
Mabou – Strathspey Performing Arts Centre • 7:30PM
Baddeck – Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site • 7:30PM
Lower River Inhabitants – Riverdale Community Centre • 7:30PM
Sydney River – Our Lady of Fatima Church • 7:30PM
Port Morien – Port Morien Legion/Community Centre • 7:30PM
Chéticamp – La Place des arts Père-Anselme-Chiasson • 7:30PM

Day Six

Iron Mines – L’Arche Cape Breton Gathering Place • 2:00PM
Mabou – Strathspey Performing Arts Centre • 7:30PM
Aspy Bay – North Highlands Elementary • 7:30PM
Baddeck – MacAulay Conference Centre, Inverary Resort • 7:30PM (19+, ID required)
Glendale – St. Mary of the Angels Parish Hall • 7:30PM
Louisbourg – Louisbourg Playhouse • 7:30PM
St. Peter’s – St. Peter’s Lions Hall • 7:30PM

Day Seven


Iona – Malagawatch Church, Baile nan Gàidheal/Highland Village • 2:00PM
Judique – Judique Community Centre • 7:30PM
Ingonish – St. Peter’s Church • 7:30PM
Sydney River – United Protestant Church of Sydney River • 7:30PM
Baddeck – MacAulay Conference Centre, Inverary Resort • 7:30PM (19+, ID required)
Belle Côte – Cape Breton Highlands Academy • 7:30PM

Day Eight


Marion Bridge – Marion Bridge Recreation Centre • 2:00PM
Louisbourg – Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site • 5:30PM (19+, ID required)
Inverness – Inverness Education Centre/Academy • 7:30PM
Baddeck – Greenwood United Church • 7:30PM
Glace Bay – Savoy Theatre • 7:30PM
Sydney Mines – St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church • 7:30PM

Day Nine


St. Ann’s – Colaisde na Gàidhlig/The Gaelic College • 2:00PM
Sydney – Centre 200 • 7:30PM

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