Music, Dance and Fun for All at Celtic Fest 2014

Celtic DancersJoin in the dance, pipes and songs of the traditional Celtic countries at the 11th Annual Celtic Festival in Moorhead, MN.  The festival celebrates the history and traditions of the seven Celtic nations of Brittany, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Galicia, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  Regional performers join our local artists to bring to life humorous stories, jigs and reels, and the history behind the traditions that we celebrate.

The sounds of pipes and drums open the festival each year!  The Heather and Thistle Pipe and Drum Band has played to the festival audiences annually.  Dance is featured this year as the Guthrie School of Dance return to the festival stage.  Their Highland Dance brings excitement to the party with their colorful tartans and energetic step dancing.   The McDonald School of Irish and International Dance will showcase traditional Irish dance.  Live music will include the button accordion, small pipes, and wire-strung harp.  Talented regional groups including Debi Rogers, Paddy O’Brien & Erin Hart, Dick Hensold & Jennifer Licko, along with Skilly and Duff will fill the festival with lively entertainment for all.

In addition to stage performances there will be presentations on the Book of Kells, Music from Galicia, Celtic Stories and the Highland Fling.  Participation is not required but it is encouraged.  Other booths showcase Calligraphy, Lacemaking, Highland Games, along with information on St. David’s Society, Isle of Man, Galicia and St. Andrew’s Society.  Children and adults are encouraged to participate in the hands-on passport activities.  These are creative projects with themes that explore the seven nation’s traditions and culture.

All this activity will make a person hungry!  There will be Bangers and Mash, Potato and Leek Soup, Irish Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Roasted Root Vegetables, Scones, Bread Pudding and beverages.

The event is March 8, 2014 from 10:00am-4:00pm.  It is held at the Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead.  There is free admission to the festival.  Passports for the hand-on activities are $2.00 and food can be purchased separately.

The Celtic Festival is co-hosted by the Fargo Park District and Moorhead Parks and Recreation. Support for this project is provided by the cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo through The Arts Partnership.  This activity is also made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. For information go to www.fargoparks.com or call 701-499-7788.

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