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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Celtic Fest this weekend at Grant Park
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 19:11:05 -0500


http://metromix.chicagotribune.com/events/festivals/summer/
34845,1,2945686.event

Free
Saturday and Sunday

History of Celtic Fest Chicago


The inaugural Celtic Fest Chicago took place September 21-22, 1997 on
Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard in Grant Park. Its lofty goal
was to educate the public on Celtic music and culture from 7 Celtic
nations. Those nations are Ireland; Scotland; Isle of Man; Cornwall;
Wales; Galicia, Spain; and Brittany, France.

The festival is unusual in that it highlights different Celtic
instruments at two of its tents - the Harp Tent and Uilleann Pipe
TionĂ³l (featuring the Irish bagpipe). Among the other stages are a
dance performance stage, as well as an interactive tent where the
general public an learn how to Celtic dance. Another stage is
dedicated to showcasing young students who are keeping the Celtic
music scene alive.

Musical headliners the first year of the festival included the
following performers: John McDermott; La Bottine Souriante, Leahy and
Carlos Nunez.

Currently, the event has 9 stages featuring over 150 performances. In
addition, there is a bagpipe area; a Kids' Oasis; the Scottish Heavy
Athletics Competition, Sheepherding Demonstrations; a coffee and tea
garden, as well as several Celtic themed restaurants.

In 2001, we were forced to cancel the festival due to the events of
September 11.

2007 marks the 11th anniversary of the festival. A new addition this
year is Gaelic Football and Hurling exhibition games in Butler Field
each day.


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