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Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections 2018

 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Celtic Connections brings you over 1,500 artists from the worlds of folk, roots, world, traditional, indie, bluegrass, jazz and classical music with approximately 300 events taking place over 18 days across 14 venues in Glasgow.

History/Background

Celtic Connections was born in 1994 and held in The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - The inaugural festival received a Scottish Thistle Award in the Low Season Development Category. 1995 saw  the festival expand with workshops in the Strathclyde Suite. The Grand Ballroom of The Hospitality Inn was the very first external venue to host Celtic Connections events including Wolfstone (unplugged) and an All Day Cajun Festival. Late night Ceilidhs were organised in the Exhibition Hall of The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for those who wanted to dance the night away.

1996 saw the festival extend to include performances at the Tramway (a New Orleans Cajun weekend), the Barony, Adelaides Church on Bath Street and the first year of the now infamous festival club at The Central Hotel.
By 1998 the festival tried diversifying into other arts forms.There was a season of nine celtic inspired films in the recently redeveloped Glasgow Film Theatre including “Stella Does Tricks” and “Views of the Western Isles”.

A new branch of Waterstones had also just opened in Sauchiehall Street and during the festival in 1998 the bookshop brought together the finest of Scotland and Ireland’s writers, poets and storytellers.

By 2000 the venues doubled and the twelve venues were - The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Old Fruitmarket,  The Arches, The Tron Theatre, Glasgow Cathedral, The Quality Central Hotel (Festival Club),  The Piping Centre,  St Mary’s Episcopal Church,  The Barrowlands,  Lansdowne Church,  St Aloysius Church and Waterstone’s Bookshop.

By 2002 the festival had moved on from being a festival that kept Glasgow’s spirits up in winter to one of the UK’s most important events – a celebration of Scottish traditional music and world-wide Celtic culture.

By 2004 Celtic Connections were settled into the second decade of the festival. The commitment to keep Celtic culture thriving was just as strong. One new project for this year was a special theatre production, Red Clydeside, which chronicled the immense social upheaval that rocked Glasgow during World War I.

Celtic Connections continues to go from strength to strength and is firmly established - the focal point of Celtic Connections remains as  the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, where every available space is utilised during the festival, from workshops in the foyers to performances by world-class artists in the Main Auditorium. Elsewhere in Glasgow, venues such as ABC, The Tron, Òran Mór, The Piping Centre, City Halls and festival fans favourite the Old Fruitmarket all play host to Celtic Connections events, whilst the legendary Celtic Connections Festival Club makes a return to its original home, the Quality Hotel.

 

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Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
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