The Celtic Heart of North America Hosted Media June 10, 2010 Showcasing The Co-operative Sharing and Preserving Cape Breton’s Celtic Experiences

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Eleven Cape Breton Island organizations come together to celebrate, share and preserve the only living Celtic culture in North America at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

“We have been diligently marketing The Celtic Heart of North America to the world,” states Dan Coffin, Co-operative Chair. “It is now time to raise the awareness of all that Cape Breton has to offer culturally and musically to those closer to home.

Driven by a desire to promote and deliver authentic cultural and musical experiences on Cape Breton Island, The Celtic Heart of North America was created to celebrate, share and preserve Cape Breton’s Celtic experiences. With eleven dedicated partners and support from Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage, an official launch to the regional market was held on June 10, 2010 from 11 am to Noon at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique, Cape Breton. Members of the media, tourists and locals familiar with the Gaelic culture were invited to the event showcasing cultural Celtic experiences including live music demonstrations, interactive step dancing and fiddle lessons to a sampling of traditional Ceilidh music heard at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre every day of the week.        

“We have been diligently marketing The Celtic Heart of North America to the world,” states Dan Coffin, Co-operative Chair. “It is now time to raise the awareness of all that Cape Breton has to offer culturally and musically to those closer to home within our own region and other parts of Canada.” The one hour presentation focused on Celtic experiences with the overriding message that Gaelic culture continues to define the unique existence of Cape Breton Island. The eleven partners each offer something uniquely Gaelic and feature interactive activities for visitors to experience hands-on.

An easy to access calendar of events outlining offerings by each partner as well as a daily events schedule makes planning a vacation to Cape Breton Island simple and convenient. Holiday goers can enjoy multitudes of Gaelic experiences from guided tours of Glenora Distillery to a visit back in time at historic Highland Village, a visit to the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design with75 Island artisans works on display to the must attend Celtic Colors International Festival for nine days in October featuring artists from all over the Celtic world.

“Our government is pleased to work with communities to help them build on their strengths,” said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. “Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation’s investment in this initiative helps showcase the island’s Celtic heritage and culture, preserving it for future generations and providing a unique experience for visitors.”

"We are pleased to support the Celtic Heart of North America which showcases our unique Cape Breton Celtic experiences,” said Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Percy Paris. “Through this innovative partnership in niche marketing, we will support the tourism industry as it creates good jobs and grows the economy.”

For more information on the Celtic Heart of North America, visit http://www.celticheart.ca and follow the events and activities on Twitter and Facebook.

About the Celtic Heart of North America Co-operative
The Celtic Heart of North America Co-operative is a new organization that has been formed to celebrate, share and preserve the only living Celtic culture in North America – Cape Breton Island’s. The Co-operative is bringing together key organizations that are actively involved in sharing and preserving Cape Breton’s Celtic experiences, including:

  •     Celtic Colours International Festival
  •     Celtic Music Interpretive Centre
  •     Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts
  •     Highland Village Museum / An Clachan Gàidhealach
  •     Glenora Inn & Distillery
  •     Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design
  •      Fèis An Eilein
  •     Cape Breton Regional Municipality
  •     Inverness County
  •     Richmond County
  •     Victoria County

The Celtic Heart of North America Co-operative is supported by funding and guidance from Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. As well, Nova Scotia’s Office of Gaelic Affairs and Destination Cape Breton serve as advisors to the Co-operative.

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