Acadia Festival of Traditional Music & Dance

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Acadia Festival of Traditional Music & Dance

The Acadia Festival of Traditional Music & Dance is beyond excited to announce the treasured event’s return to the beautiful oceanfront campus of College of the Atlantic after a four-year hiatus. The reimagined week of classes, workshops and performances – a celebration of Celtic-influenced roots styles open to the public – will take place from June 26-July 2, 2023 under the direction of a new all-star artistic leadership team: April Verch (Festival Director), Mari Black (Music Director) and Kieran Jordan (Dance Director).

Join us for a weeklong intensive program offering unparalleled instruction in fiddle, dance, piano, guitar, flute and other disciplines. Students of all ages and ability levels are welcome, and instrumental classes will continue to be taught in the aural tradition, with an emphasis on learning by ear.

Read about our world-class faculty line-up, music & dance programs, schedule and register at our website - classes are limited in size and filling up quickly!

Acadia Trad Festival

Classes in Acadian, Cape Breton, Irish, Scottish and Québécois music and dance, featuring Colin Farrell (fiddle), Matt Heaton and Josh Dukes (guitar), Shannon Heaton (flute), Jimmy Keane (accordion) and more:

Acadia Festival of Traditional Music & Dance

The Acadia Festival of Traditional Music & Dance is dedicated to promoting education and appreciation of traditional music and dance by producing a week-long summer festival composed of intensive classes, workshops, concerts, and dances. The festival’s goal is to build community, celebrate artists, and carry forward traditions using music and dance of Acadian, Cape Breton, Irish, Québécois, Scottish, and other origins to build bridges between generations and cultures.

Classes begin the morning of Tuesday, June 26.

Concerts: Each night at the Acadia Festival of Traditional Music and Dance, we settle into the Gates Auditorium at COA for an evening of spell-binding music from our faculty and special guests. Tickets and schedule available on the festival website.