Celtic Connections - Update #17
- From the Celtic Connections press office:
Final press release to follow with details of all Danny winners later
in the week.
Celtic Connections 2004
A New Era for Glasgow's International Music Festival
sponsored by Clerical Medical
The Celtic Connections festival could be the saviour of traditional
The Sunday Herald
1st February 2004
Entering its second decade, the 11th Celtic Connections festival has
been a resounding success socially, artistically and educationally.
This year Celtic Connections played to capacity audiences with over
100 000 people experiencing the festival in 10 venues across the city.
Major highlights of this year's festival included appearances by
international artists including Joan Baez, Ale Moller's World
Heritage Orchestra, Afro Celts and Portuguese fado singer Mariza.
Traditional music was represented better than ever with successes
such as Dick Gaughan's new commission Timewaves and The Young
Tradition series of concerts at The Piping Centre.
Celtic Connections was delighted to host the first ever concert at
the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in over 60 years. Music met
literature with collaborations between Jackie Leven and Ian Rankin,
Michael Marra and Liz Lochhead, and Colin Reid and Stephen Rea.
Another ground-breaking event was the theatrical version of Alistair
Hulett's Red Clydeside.
The festival attracted visitors from all over the world generating
further international profile for the city as a tourist destination
and affirming Glasgow's place on the cultural map. And Showcase
Scotland reinforces this effort. Held in the middle weekend of the
festival it provided an opportunity for promoters, agents and others
to experience Scottish music and book them for venues around the
world. This year saw 185 delegates taking advantage of this
opportunity coming from countries as diverse as Peru, Pakistan,
Russia, Australia and Norway and resulting in over 50 bookings for
Scottish bands at festivals abroad.
The Canadian Connection was strong at this year's festival with two
delegations, including the tourism minister from Cape Breton visiting
Celtic Connections to experience how the Celtic influence travels
internationally. Being host to its own annual festival Celtic
Colours, this proves the success and interest in traditional music on
both sides of the Atlantic with many distant cousins from Cape Breton
performing at our festival and vice versa.
Thousands of children attended ten free morning concerts in the Main
Auditorium of The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with 100 children
performing from the stage. 50 schools in Glasgow took part in
workshops in their schools.