Culture and Heritage


Dec 3, 2017—Gaelic Social Gathering:

8:00 pm at the Greenwood Manse, Baddeck. Gaelic and English spoken, hosted by Gâidhlig Agam.


Gaelic College – St. Ann’s
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Wednesday Night Ceilidhs

7:30–9:00 pm at Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College, $10/adult, $5/child.

Dec 6, 2017— Kenneth MacKenzie, Buddy MacDonald, Margie Beaton, and Brittany Rankin-MacDonald

Dec 13, 2017— Christmas Ceilidh with Connie and Larry MacAskill, David Rankin, Brittany Rankin-MacDonald, Colin MacDonald, Rodney MacDonald, and Margie Beaton

Nov 1, 2017—Rodney MacDonald, Campbell Hart, Blanche Sophecles, Brittany Rankin-MacDonald

Nov 8—Rachel Davis, Darren McMullen, Margie Beaton, Brittany Rankin-MacDonald

Nov 15—Ian MacDougall, Joel Chaisson, Brittany Rankin-MacDonald, and David Rankin

Nov 22—Mike Hall, Joe MacMaster, Brittany Rankin-MacDonald, and Joyce MacDonald

Nov 29—Brian MacDonald, Abigail MacDonald, Rodney MacDonald, and Brittany Rankin-MacDonald

Mondays: Gaelic Classes

9:00 am–12:00 noon at Steve and Nona’s home, 44667 Cabot Trail Rd (Dec 4, 11 & 18). Learning by doing the things we already know how to do around the home, makes learning another language easier. All welcome.

HELD – Christmas Gaelic Immersion Weekend

Nov 24–26, 2017

For more information contact Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College at or 902.295.3441

Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach – Iona


Held – Là Mór a’ Bhaile|Highland Village Day Concert

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

An afternoon of fun and Gaelic arts. Fiddlers, step-dancers, pipers, and more, come together to treat visitors to traditional Nova Scotia Gaelic culture in this outdoor concert overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. This year marks the 56th Annual Highland Village Day Concert. Headlining this year is Dave Gunning and Allie Bennett. There will be a tribute to John ” Jimmy Malcolm” Gillis. Other performers include: Iona Gaelic Singers, Joanne MacIntyre, Campbell Sisters from Mabou, Shelly Campbell & Allan Dewar, Joe MacMaster, Donna Marie DeWolf, Buddy MacDonald, Donnie Campbell & Jinx O’Neil, from Antigonish, The TownHouse Players (featuring John Hanlon, Junior Fraser & Stan Chapman), Shannon MacKay, Melanie Craig MacDonald, Claire Sampson-MacDonald, Regyn MacDonald, Catherine MacDonald, Andy MacMullin, Malcolm & Maryanna MacNeil, Brent Aucoin, CBU Pipe Band, and The Iona Legion Legends! MC is Roger Stone. Join us for one of Cape Breton Island’s original Outdoor Scotch Concerts. 2-6 pm. $15 per person, children 12 and under free

Orientation Video 

We hope that it will prepare visitors for their tour of the Village. This video would not have been possible without funding from Support4Culture. Tapadh leibh gu mòr! Thanks to everyone involved!

Click here to watch the new video!

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Awarded the TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence. We want to thank our visitors for helping us achieve this award for a third time!

Wagmatcook First Nation

Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre

Wagmatcook Hosted Successful 2017 NS Mi’Kmaw Games

(Aug. 20-27, 2017)



2016 Wagmatcook Arts & Culture Festival HELD

As part of Mi’kmaw History Month in Nova Scotia, you are invited to attend the upcoming 2016 Wagmatcook Arts & Culture Festival scheduled to take place at the Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre from October 11-14, 2016. You, your organization (& staff), your schools (& students) as well as your friends & family are more than welcome to take in any one of our events that target the sharing of our beautiful Mi’kmaw culture, history, dance, songs & stories.

***SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT*** This year we have been working very hard on a very special project that will highlight the work and musical genious of the late Peter Frank Bernard of Wagmatcook.  After releasing an album of his folk songs in 1979 he tragically died in a house fire in 1981 with plans to release another album later that year.  Through the support of his family and the community we have organized 5 local Aboriginal musicians that have worked together with the very well known musician and composer Mr. Scott Macmillan to learn his songs and play them for everyone as a live concert during the opening ceremonies on the morning of October 11th as well as a full concert on the closing ceremonies on the evening of October 11 with a full dinner show.  We ask you to spread the word and please inquire for more information.

To view the video promo of our upcoming event, please view the following link:

I have also attached the full updated schedule on a PDF file wagmatcookartsfestivalfestivalposterupdated-schedulefinal2016 for your review and look forward to seeing you at our events!  Please share within your contacts and communications networks. Please note: For larger groups, we ask you to please register ahead of time as some of our events are very well attended and so we will be accepting larger groups on a first come, first serve basis. 

Wela’lio’q M’sit (I thank you all), Robert Bernard Culture & Tourism Operations Manager Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre 10765 Hwy 105, PO Box 30029 Wagmatcook, Nova Scotia, BOE 3NO 902-295-2999 (Main) 902-302-3300 (Direct) 902-295-3306 (Fax)

Wagmatcook Lecture Series

Wagmatcook Lecture Series offers educational presentations about the Mi’kmaw people (their culture, heritage, historical events, spiritual beliefs and more!)

Lectures take place usually on the last Thursday of each month from 10:00am – 12:00pm.   The majority of our target age groups range as young as from Junior High School level (Gr.4-6) to High School to adults.  The minimum target range will be noted in the presentation information.  Everyone is welcome to attend our lectures and we ask all participants to allow our presenters to speak and only ask questions when directed.  Thank you!

Come join us in our lecture presentation as we close out our Mi’kmaw History Month activities… this presentation is suitable for all age groups and as always it is FREE ADMISSION and please bring a friend.  Please note:  We always welcome local schools and classes to attend, just let us know asap in advance so that we can have adequate space/seating available and if there are any luncheon requirements please contact the CleanWave Restaurant (on-site) to make any necessary arrangements.  We also can have seating available for your students if they bring their own lunches.

On behalf of the Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre, we thank you for your time and look forward to having you at our upcoming lecture presentation!

Wela’like (We Thank You!), Robert Bernard Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre Community & Business Support Services 10765 Hwy 105, PO Box 30029 Wagmatcook, Nova Scotia, BOE 3NO 902-295-2999 (Main) 902-295-2424 (Direct) 902-295-3306 (Fax)

Please Note:  Larger groups/School groups are asked to book ahead for space with estimated numbers.  Lunch space can be made available and lunch orders at our restaurant (to eat in the Great Hall) can be made by calling the CleanWave Restaurant at 902-295-1542.


North Highlands Museum and Culture Centre Cape North

Cape Breton: Nova Scotia’s Masterpiece


Celtic Colours 2017 Held


Tickets for Celtic Colours 2017 went on sale Tuesday, July 11 at 10AM ADT

Three ways to buy your tickets:

Order online

Order by phone 888-355-7744 toll free in North America 902-567-3000 local / overseas

Come visit us at our Box Office We’ll have some great tunes by Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald to kick off the morning at 8AM followed by some songs by Décota McNamara. And enjoy free coffee, tea and treats from Tim Hortons while you wait!

New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation 37 Nepean Street, Sydney

Did you know?

You can access the ticket section of our website now to create an account or log in to your existing account. Doing this early allows you to update your information so you’re all ready to buy on Tuesday! Just click here!


The log in (email & password) used to build an itinerary on our site DIFFERS from your ticket buying log in!


Happy shopping! Celtic Colours Box Office Team



2017 Celtic Colours International Festival | 850 Grand Lake Road Suite 8 Sydney Nova Scotia Canada B1P 5T9
We are so excited to share all the details of Celtic Colours 2017 with you! Head over to our site to see the incredible line up of artists, concerts, and community events that will take Cape Breton by storm this October 6-14.


Head to Celtic Colours


Kick Off Ceilidh Held


Kinnon & Betty Lou Beaton, Mckayla MacNeil, Roger Stone and the Island Steppers will share tunes, songs and steps today in Port Hawkesbury to celebrate the launch of Celtic Colours 2017.

Join us via Facebook Live at 4PM ADT for some great music, dancing and to hear more about what’s in store for this October!


Come Ceilidh with us!


Dawn Beaton shares highlights of this year’s Festival in our latest video


Click here to see who’s performing at Celtic Colours 2017


282 Community Events! Click here to see them all


Click here for more information on how to buy tickets


Many Thanks / Mòran Taing to our Partners


Concert Venue Schedule

Celtic Colours 2017 opened in Sydney on October 6, and wrap up in Port Hawkesbury with the closing concert on October 14. Over the nine days, there will be 49 concerts presented in 34 communities across the Island and we can’t wait to see you here!
Concert Venue Schedule

Celtic Colours gets back to its roots for 2017

Featuring a mix of Cape Breton legends, favourites, and up and comers, alongside acclaimed artists from across Canada and around the Celtic world, the 21st Celtic Colours International Festival will focus on roots and celebrate identity through a number of special projects being planned.

“After a wonderful 20th anniversary of the festival last year, Celtic Colours is getting back to our roots,” says Dawn Beaton, Artistic Director of Celtic Colours. “We have two wonderful artists in residence lined up who will weave their story-telling throughout the festival. And we have big plans to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, representing all corners of our wonderful nation, while celebrating our very own artists from Cape Breton.”

And in keeping with the idea of “getting back to our roots”, Beaton reveals that “for every ticket sold, a maple tree will be planted here on the island.” An ambitious undertaking as more than 20,000 tickets were sold last year.

The full schedule of artists and more than 250 community cultural events  released on Monday, June 26. Tickets went on sale Tuesday, July 11.

Celebrating 20 Years of Celtic Colours in Photographs

Curator Steve Wadden spent three months pouring through two decades of photographs from the Celtic Colours International Festival’s collection, more than 25,000 photos by his estimation, to come up with four photo exhibitions celebrating the Festival’s 20th year. The resulting series of images, from a variety of photographers, explores the storied history of the international festival through the most visually compelling, intimate and telling photographs from our archives.

20 Years in Photos

Celtic Colours 2016 HELD – 20 years in the making.

October 7 to Saturday, October 15, 2016 communities across Cape Breton Island were  alive with music, song, dancing, and magic. They threw a giant birthday party and everyone was invited!
See the Full Schedule
Watch Video
Live Broadcast

Help us make the Festival even better! Give us your feedback for a chance to win a Celtic Colours prize package!

Take this short survey for your chance to win a Celtic Colours Live CD collection and four tickets to the Opening Concert at this year’s Festival. We’d love to hear from you!

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