Celebrating 75 Years of Colaisde Na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College

By jmacarthur, on Fri, 26 Apr 2013 | 0 Comments

I am so looking forward to everything that's going on in Cape Breton this summer! It'll be a busy summer, jam packed with fun and culture. I can't wait for the summer weather so we can get out and enjoy everything Cape Breton has to offer!

What I'm really looking forward to is taking in some of the events at Colaisde Na Gàidhlig, also known as The Gaelic College to us non-Gaelic speakers. This year, the Gaelic College is celebrating their 75th anniversary with a week full of entertainment and activities from June 30 to July 6, 2013.


From classes, to concerts and dances, there is something for everyone and all ages. Check out the events below to plan your visit to come home to Colaisde Na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College.

The fun starts on Sunday, June 30th with an Ecumenical Church Service, reception and Gala Opening, featuring musical performances, a presentation by Jim St. Clair, visiting dignitaries, and sit-down dinner, plus a few surprises throughout the evening.

On July 1st, Gaelic and weaving classes kick off and the Pub Tent will feature the Gaelic College Piping Ensemble, Nuallan. We'll see more classes including step dance and fiddle. A brand-new theatrical production telling the story of the Gaelic College, and the St. Ann's Bay area, written and directed by Bev Brett will be presented by the St. Ann's Bay Players. Buddy MacDonald and Rachel Davis will be playing in the Pub Tent.

Wednesday, July 3rd will see all the above activities along with a performance by Evans and Doherty and an Instructors' Reception and Ceilidh.

On Thursday, July 4th the highlights of the days' activities will include a milling frolic and a Celtic Colours Festival Club Night with Buddy MacDonald, Kenneth, Angus MacKenzie and friends, and Sprag Session. We're going to let our hair down with lively music, dancing, and lots of laughs with friends old and new.

Friday will showcase some of the most most exciting up-and-coming young performers from Nova Scotia at the Kids' Ceilidh. At night, it's time to kick up your heels at the Danns Mór - The Big Dance. You can dance the night away to some of the best traditional dance players this province has to offer with Kinnon Beaton, Andrea Beaton, Glenn Graham, Jackie Dunn-MacIsaac and more!

The week of celebrations comes to a close on Saturday with a variety of activities. We'll get back to our roots with a day of Highland dancing, piping, drumming, massed bands, and more. There'll also be Scottish Heavy Events like the caber toss, hammer throw, and farmer's walk.

The grand finale concert will feature some top-notch performances by world-renowned artists Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, Ashley MacIsaac, and Jimmy Rankin. But why stop there? Keep the party going at the after-hours club with Buddy MacDonald and Beolach.

There's something each day for young and old alike. For more information about the celebration, you can visit www.gaeliccollege.edu.

If you're looking for me, I'll be hanging out in the Pub Tent taking in all the talent Cape Breton has to offer!