Celtic Connections 2020

Celtic Connections Festival 2020 Logo

Celtic Connections is Glasgow's annual folk, roots and world music festival and was set up to celebrate Celtic music and it's connections to people, music and cultures around the world. From January 16th to February 2nd 2020, 2,100 musicians from across the globe will come together in Glasgow for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events - over 300 in total! 

A picture of a band on stage at the Celtic Connections festival with lots of strobe lighting and pyrotechnics.

Celtic Connections is well known for bringing artists together  or one off shows and collaborations and the fun carries on right into the wee small hours at the late-night Festival Club, a home to musical collaborations and spontaneous sessions.

The festival has branched out and grown in recent years and in 2012 a taste of Celtic Connections was taken to the Isle of Skye as part of the Year of Scotland’s Islands. The festival has even visited Chicago as part of the Year of Creative Scotland to put on a number of musical performances throughout the Ryder Cup, a golf competition where a team from Europe competes against a team from the United States of America, including the opening and closing ceremonies.

In 2014, the festival staged a special one-off collaboration in the SSE Hydro. This concert was part of an incredibly busy weekend in which 25,000 music fans attended a number of performances and events in only 48 hours.

A picture of the crowd at Celtic Connections 2018 GRIT orchestra performance.

2020 will be the 27th year of Celtic Connections, which has been heralded as a musical and cultural relief from those winter blues. This year's lineup will see that continue throughout the entire festival from start to finish, with the famous GRIT Orchestra performing on the the opening night on January 16th, and an action-packed final day on Sunday the 2nd of February, with 21 individual events scheduled to take place. With 316 scheduled performances, talks, workshops, film screenings, theatre productions, ceilidhs, exhibitions, free events, and late night sessions, the festival really does have something for everyone and provides a brilliant opportunity to engage with Scottish, Gaelic, and world culture and heritage.

A picture of the GRIT orchestra performing on a large stage.

The Celtic Connections festival also relies on volunteers to help make the amazing events happen and run smoothly. People can volunteer for a number of positions including; 

  • Artist Liason 
  • Venue Representatives 
  • Office Representatives 

You can volunteer to help out at Celtic Connections 2020 by emailing them and requesting a volunteer's sign up form here.

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