Culture and Heritage

Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College – St. Ann’s

Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach – Iona


Highland Village Open Daily with full animation and gift shop services 10 am to 5 pm until October 14th, 2018

Archie Fisher and Garnet Rogers, Boxwood & Highland Village Day Headline a Week of Concerts at Highland Village

Archie Fisher and Garnet Rogers, Boxwood & Highland Village Day Headline a Week of Concerts at Highland Village


Archie Fisher and Garnet Rogers, Boxwood & Highland Village Day Headline a Week of Concerts at Highland Village 

Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village in Iona is pleased to feature a mid-summer series of concerts featuring folk music from Cape Breton Island, as well as Scotland and Ireland.

The special week of music begins on Tuesday, July 31, when flutist Chris Norman returns to the Malagawatch Church with the Best of Boxwood 2018 tour. The tour, a part of the Musique Royale Festival, combines colourful and eclectic sounds with the finesse of classical technique to create a salute to the traditional dance music of the Canadian Maritimes, along with that of Scotland & Ireland. This year’s Best of Boxwood will also feature David Greenberg, with rich experience in Cape Breton and Baroque violin; Celtic harp player Patsy Seddon; Scottish Gaelic singer Cathy-Ann MacPhee; and guitarist and banjo player Eamon O’Leary. The concert, which brings to life the beautiful acoustics of the Malagawatch Church, starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20.00 per person and are available online at or at the door.

The week continues on Thursday, August 2, with an intimate evening concert featuring folk legends Archie Fisher and Garnet Rogers. These two singer/songwriters have been touring together, treating audiences with the finest of Scottish and Canadian folk music since the 1980s. Fisher, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, with roots in the Hebrides, pioneered the use of open tunings to simulate the droning note of bagpipes and became known for ballads that capture the lives, stories and vernacular speech of everyday Scots. Rogers, who spent his summers in Canso, was exposed to storytelling and music making at a young age. He embarked on a  musical career with his brother Stan in the 1970s. After Stan’s sudden death in 1983, Garnet set out on his own, described by one writer as “as the greatest interpreter and vocalist performing in the contemporary folk scene.” This concert will be a special one as it will be part of Fisher’s final North American tour, and potentially one of the last times to see these two folk legends together. The concert begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $28.50 in advance or $32.50 at the door.

The week wraps up with one of Cape Breton Island’s original outdoor “Scotch” concerts. The 57th Annual Highland Village Day Concert (Là Mór a’ Bhaile) takes place on Saturday, August 4, from 2 to 6 pm. Fiddlers, step-dancers, pipers, and more, come together to treat visitors to traditional Nova Scotia Gaelic culture in this outdoor concert overlooking the scenic Bras d’Or Lake. Headlining this year is Chris Murphy and Turpin’s Trail. Also performing are Shelly Campbell, Joanne MacIntyre, Kyle MacNeil, Sheumas MacNeil, Lucy MacNeil, Robert Durando, Stephanie MacDonald, Kyle Gillis, Dawn MacDonald, Helen MacDonald, Scott MacKenzie, Darrell Keigan, Roger Stone, Tracey Cavannagh, Nash’s Hill Ramblers, Susan MacLean, the Iona Legion Legends and much more. Admission is $15 per person, free for children aged 12 and under. Canteen services available.

Baile nan Gàidheal/Highland Village tells the story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia and is located in Iona, Cape Breton Island, overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. Highland Village is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum operated in partnership with the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society.



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

As another year comes to a close and we look towards building a brand new edition of Celtic Colours for 2018, we’re happy to share some highlights from this past Festival with you.

Venues announced for Celtic Colours 2018


Although it’s only been a few months since the close of last year’s Celtic Colours International Festival, staff of the award-winning event is hard at work putting the pieces together for its twenty-second year.

“While we can’t yet announce the roster of artists who will be performing at this year’s Festival, we are happy to reveal the venue schedule for 2018,” said Mike MacSween, Executive Director of Celtic Colours. “We have completed the process of scheduling our venues a bit earlier this year in order to assist our customers in planning their Celtic Colours experience. This is especially welcome news to our fans from some distance, who, of course, must reserve accommodations in advance.”

One of the things that sets Celtic Colours apart from most other festivals around the world is that it isn’t limited to just one location. Communities all over Cape Breton Island host concerts and workshops while the fall leaves are at their most brilliant and traveling around the Island offers one breathtaking view after another. Concerts are held in the communities where the culture has been nurtured for hundreds of years, providing context for the roots of the music and celebrating each community’s contribution to the island’s living Celtic culture.

This year’s schedule includes a mix of nighttime concerts and afternoon matinees, including four licensed shows and the nightly Festival Club at Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College in St. Ann’s, for those 19 years and over.

Iconic Celtic Colours venues like the historic Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay and the celebrated Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site are back, as well as some of the Island’s most beautiful churches, and an array of schools, state-of-the-art performance facilities, and community, parish and fire halls in 34 communities around the Island.

While the venues vary in primary function and size—from the hundred seat North River Community Hall to Centre 200 in Sydney with a capacity of thousands—they share in common the prominent place each holds in the community it serves. The Celtic culture of music, dance and story-telling lives on in these communities and provides the foundation for the celebration of living culture that is the Celtic Colours International Festival.

The Celtic Colours International Festival will open this year with a concert in Port Hawkesbury on October 5 and close in Sydney on October 13 with a concert at Centre 200. In total, there will be 49 concerts taking place in Aspy Bay, Baddeck, Belle Côté, Big Pond, Boisdale, Boularderie, Chéticamp, Christmas Island, D’Escousse, Eskasoni, Glace Bay, Glendale, Ingonish, Inverness, Iona, Judique, L’Ardoise, Louisbourg, Lower River Inhabitants, Mabou, Marion Bridge, Membertou, New Waterford, North River, North Sydney, Port Hawkesbury, Port Morien, St. Ann’s, St. Peter’s, Sydney, Sydney Mines, Sydney River, Wagmatcook, and Whycocomagh.



Concert Venue Schedule




Enjoy music and performances from past Festivals

Did you know you can watch hours of incredible performances from Celtic Colours? We have an impressive collection of videos on our YouTube channel. Subscribe now for free and be notified each time we share another great memory.


Watch Performances from Celtic Colours



Celtic Colours Live – Volume Five is available now on iTunes, Apple music, Spotify, and on most streaming services. CDs can also be ordered through

Artists on this new compilation recorded live during the 2017 Festival include Còig (Cape Breton); Ùr: The Future Of Our Past (Scotland); Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle (UK / Scotland / Ireland / US); Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell (US); Dwayne Côté (Cape Breton); Phil Cunningham (Scotland); Ímar (Scotland); Sarah MacInnis and Mary Elizabeth MacInnis (Cape Breton); Paul MacDonald and Brenda Stubbert (Cape Breton); Talisk (Scotland); Daoirí Farrell (Ireland); Howie MacDonald, Hilda Chiasson and Dave MacIsaac (Cape Breton / Nova Scotia); Colin Grant, Ewen Henderson, Ingrid Henderson and Scott Macmillan (Cape Breton / Scotland / Nova Scotia); Allan MacDonald and Seudan (Scotland).



Explore 100 magical moments from stages across the Island captured by photographer Corey Katz.


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Stay tuned over the winter months as we’ll be releasing a series of HD performance videos from Celtic Colours 2017. The first in this series features an incredible set from Cape Breton’s own Còig. Click the image below to watch it now.



Did you know…? Our YouTube channel is filled with hours of incredible performances from previous Festivals. Subscribe now for free and be notified each time we release another great video!


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Celtic Colours Live • Volume Five now available

Recorded at concerts all over Cape Breton Island during this year’s Festival, Celtic Colours Live – Volume Five features a variety of tunes, and songs sung in English and Gaelic, performed by artists from Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the U.S., the U.K., mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island.

From Celtic Colours veterans like Còig, Dwayne Côté, John Doyle, and Howie MacDonald, to Festival first-timers including Rhiannon Giddens, Ímar, Talisk, and Daoirí Farrell, Volume Five features some incredible musical highlights from the 2017 Festival.

Volume Five is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and most streaming services…just search “Celtic Colours”.

Want the real thing? Order a CD before December 31st and get $5 off. Flat rate shipping is $9.99 to Canada and the US for any items in our online store.


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What were your highlights of Celtic Colours?

If you have any stories, photos, or feedback you’d like to share with us we’d love to hear from you. Please email anytime!



Celtic Colours International Festival 2018

Friday October 5 – Saturday October 13

Tickets on sale Tuesday July 10 at 10AM ADT



Celtic Colours International Festival | 850 Grand Lake Road Suite 8 Sydney Nova Scotia Canada B1P 5T9

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!
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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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