Great Hall of the Clans Museum:
The Great Hall of the Clans is the home of your cultural experiences on campus. With an interactive museum, you will discover the ancient history of the settlers to this area from the Highlands of Scotland, along with an exploration of the traditions still living today. The Rev. Norman MacLeod Exhibit takes you on a journey around the world, from Scotland to St. Ann’s and later onto Waipu, New Zealand. A fascinating tale, it interprets the life of the man, and the preacher, allowing each visitor to know the history and experience one of the most remarkable migrations in history.
Eight interactive displays bring to life the traditions of the settlers from the Highlands of Scotland, as they’ve evolved into a Cape Breton way of life over these last 200+ years.
The Gaelic film Faire Chaluim MhicLeoid tells the tale of a traditional storyteller, who is faced with the challenges of living a traditional life with a modern family. Full of local flavour and local actors, the short film gives watchers the chance to hear the Gaelic language in full force, with English subtitles to guide your way. As does a new film being added to our theatre room this year, another creation by filmmaker Marc Almon – The Fiddler’s Reel. A farm girl and the wandering musician she loves must overcome her father’s fierce opposition to their match. A tale of love and intrigue set in Depression-era Cape Breton, The Fiddler’s Reel pays tribute to the island’s Gaelic heritage and storytelling traditions.
Open May – October: 9am – 5pm
Monday to Friday
$8 – Adults
$6 – Children under 12
$20 – Family (2 adults, 2 children)
Tour Group Rates Available
Get a first-hand look at the living traditions of Nova Scotia Gaels with our cultural demonstrations. Witness the construction of a great kilt, learn some Gaelic words and a song during a milling frolic, try a step or two to traditional Cape Breton music, and watch our master weaver create one-of-a-kind pieces at the loom.
The Great Kilt Demonstration – 10:30am: The precursor to the modern-day kilt, the great kilt was a multi-purpose garment used by ancient Scots. Watch as our master kilt makers transform 9-metres of tartan fabric into this extraordinary piece, and dress one of our visitors in this traditional garb.
Gaelic Lesson and Milling Frolic – 11:00am: Originally a way to ease the hard work of the millers, the traditional milling frolic has evolved into an enjoyable session where songs, stories, and laughter are shared with friends, family, and neighbours. Sit in at the milling table, and learn a few handy Gaelic phrases before getting into a traditional milling song, and trying your hand at “drubbing” the fabric.
Cape Breton Music and Dance – 11:30am: Known around the world, the style of music found in Cape Breton is infectious, and you’ll get caught up in the excitement as traditional musicians and dancers introduce you to the types of tunes, style of music, and little nuances unique to this tradition. Learn a strathspey, jig, or reel “step” from one of our dancers.
Weaving – 1:00pm: (12pm if there is no lunchtime ceilidh) Our master weaver gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the process involved in creating spectacular one-of-a-kind garments. Working on a floor loom, you’ll learn of the old world techniques still in use today, and the many fine details that go into one single woven piece.
From June to October
Monday to Friday, beginning at 10:30am
Great Hall of the Clans
FREE with the cost of admission to Hall
KitchenFest!: June 27 – July 4, 2015
An island-wide, traditional music festival celebrating the music, dance, language, and culture of the Gael. Back for its second year, it’s the perfect summer kick off – one big, Cape Breton kitchen ceilidh!
Blas Math Lunchtime Ceilidhs:
While visiting Cape Breton, be sure to hop in on a traditional concert or ceilidh at the College. During the summer, make plans for one of our Blas Math lunchtime ceilidhs, and get a taste of our lively music and dance, and a hearty home-cooked meal. Tap your toes to the sounds of fiddle, piano, bagpipes, Gaelic song, and much more when you join us for lunch!
Monday to Friday throughout July and August
12:15pm – 1pm
Daily Lunch Specials
$15/person for Ceilidh and Meal
Wednesday Night Ceilidhs:
A wonderful Gaelic College tradition, our Wednesday Night Ceilidhs are jam-packed with top-notch Celtic musicians from around the world. Gaelic College instructors and staff take to the stage to delight audiences with music, dance, song, and more during these evening performances.
Wednesday, July 8 | 15 | 23 | 29
Wednesday, August 5 | 12 | 19 | 26
Starting at 7:30pm
Great Hall of the Clans
$10 for Adults | $5 for Children under 12
Summer Learning Sessions:
Youth Session 1: July 6 – 10, 2015
Gaelic Language | Gaelic Song | Gaelic Drama | Fiddle | Piano | Guitar | Step Dance | Highland Dance | Piping | Weaving
Youth Session 2: July 13 – 17, 2015
Gaelic Language | Gaelic Song | Gaelic Drama | Fiddle | Piano | Step Dance | Highland Dance | Piping | Weaving
Family Session: July 20 – 24, 2015
Gaelic Language | Gaelic Song | Gaelic Drama | Fiddle | Piano | Step Dance | Highland Dance | Piping | Small/Border Piping | Whistle | Weaving
Workshop Days: July 29 & 30, 2015
Adult Session 1: August 3 – 7, 2015
Gaelic Language | Gaelic Song | Gaelic Storytelling | History of the Gael | Fiddle | Piano | Step Dance | Bodhran | Piping | Small/Border Piping | Harp | Guitar | Weaving
Adult Session 2: August 10 – 14, 2015
Gaelic Language | Gaelic Song | Gaelic Storytelling | History of the Gael | Fiddle | Piano | Step Dance | Piping | Small/Border Piping | Harp | Weaving
Youth Gaelic Immersion: August 17 – 20, 2015
Gaelic Language | Gaelic Song | Gaelic Storytelling | Gaelic Drama
More info on all can be found at www.gaeliccollege.edu