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Celtic Connections - Update #17

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  • Bernadette
    From the Celtic Connections press office: http://www.celticconnections.com Final press release to follow with details of all Danny winners later in the week.
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2004
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      From the Celtic Connections press office:

      http://www.celticconnections.com

      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
      music...
      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.

      http://www.celticconnections.com
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