Celebrate Celtic culture at a festival of tartans, bodhrans, bag pipes and fancy footwork. The Celtic Festival will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 17 at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. The festival celebrates the rich cultures of the seven Celtic Nations featuring the intriguing history, arts and traditions of Brittany (France), Cornwall (UK), Isle of Man, Galicia (Spain), Ireland and Northern Ireland (UK), Scotland (UK) and Wales (UK).
New to the festival this year will be Guthrie School of Dance, from Rochester, Minnesota. Their Highland dance performances and colorful tartans will light up the stage. Twin Cities native, Danielle Enblom will be performing as part of Northern Gael, with retuning performers Laura MacKenzie and Ross Sutter. Some returning favorites scheduled for this year’s Celtic Festival include Debi Rogers, McDonald School of Irish Dance, Heather and Thistle and Ogg Creek String Band. Clann Tartan, a living history reenactment group, will also be returning to the festival this year.
In addition to all the great performances there will also be heritage presentations throughout the day on each of the seven Celtic Nations. Topics will include everything from genealogy to folklore. Children and adults alike can learn about traditions of the Seven Celtic Nations through hands-on activities and table displays. And if all the scheduled activities weren’t enough, there will also be authentic Celtic food at the Celtic Café and Tae House.
The Celtic Festival is hosted by the Fargo Park District and MoorheadParksand Recreation. The event is sponsored by Pepsi. Support for this project is provided by the cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo through The Arts Partnership. For information go to www.fargoparks.com or call 701-499-7788.