Celtic Connections Start

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In Glasgow on Thursday night, the annual Celtic Connections began with a torchlight parade beginning in George Square. This is the 18th annual Connections and it has found a niche for itself in the often barren cultural attraction time of January. Running until the end of the month, 1,500 performers in 300 plus events will appear in 13 different venues throughout the city.
The name might suggest that appearances will just be by performers from the celtic areas of the world or where there are strong links. In fact, performers from places like Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Japan, Iceland and Costa Rica will also be present. It has been estimated that Connections was responsible for bringing just over £10 million into the Glasgow economy last year.
Away from the performances, there are workshops at the weekends where, for example, beginners at the ukulele, mandolin, whistle, Irish pipes, bodhran can pick up hints. Children as young as 4 are catered for with a series of events like percussion and the “Singin’ on Your Mammy’s Knee” workshop which involves bouncing children on their parents’ knees!
Last year, Celtic Connections won not only Best traditional Event at the Scottish Event Awards but also Best Cultural Event at the UK Event Awards. This year, they are finalists in the European Festival Awards which gives you some idea of how well thought of Connections is viewed outside its home country. Generally there will be about a dozen events on each night except Monday which are a bit quieter in comparison.
See all the events at www.celticconnections.com

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