Festival of Celtic Culture Celebrates 10th Annual Event

Lyrical music, tapping feet, bodhrans and bag pipes are just some of the sounds you will hear at the 10th Annual Celtic Festival.  The 10 year anniversary of this rousing cultural festival brings musicians to Moorhead, Minnesota from all over North Dakota and Minnesota.

The Celtic 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). The festival will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 9 at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead.

This year’s entertainment lineup includes returning performers Heather and Thistle, a pipe and drum corps, McDonald’s School of Irish Dance and Debi Rogers, harpist and storyteller. Clann Tartan, a living history reenactment group, will be performing interactive demonstrations throughout the day.

Absent for a few years, we are now welcoming back to the festival GreenMan Band, a traditional Celtic Band and Poitin a traditional Irish band with a modern sound.  New performers this year include Rumgumption playing Scottish/Irish music with a nautical flair and Skilly & Duff Irish Trio with Irish pub music featuring toasts, jokes and stories.

In addition to all the great performances there will also be heritage presentations.  Topics will include everything from mythology, legend and lore to Irish ballads. Several information booths are located throughout the festival where you can learn about the history of Highland Scottish games, Celtic Lacemaking and genealogy.

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 foods and treats at the Celtic Café and Tae House.

“We are excited about the growth of the event over the last ten years.  Attendance has tripled!” comments Sam Larson-Frobig, Program Coordinator for the Fargo Park District.  “After a successful first year, the festival outgrew the original facility of the RDJ Rec Center and moved to the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, partnering with the Moorhead Parks and Recreation.”

Larson-Frobig also states “A future goal of the festival is to focus more on modern culture and current trends versus just history.  We would love for the festival to expand to an all-day event concluding with a Celtic rock band to show a younger audience how cool bagpipes can be.”

For a schedule of performances and presentations go to www.fargoparks.com or call 701-499-7788.  The Celtic Festival is hosted by the Fargo Park District and Moorhead Parks and Recreation.  The event is sponsored in part by the Fargo Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Support for this project is also provided by the cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo through The Arts Partnership.

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