2008 Celtic Fusion International Musical Arts Festival
If you are looking for a novel cultural experience, then make sure that you get down to the 2008 Celtic Fusion International Musical Arts Festival. This ten-day music festival is certainly more than just an event – it is an adventure!
The Celtic Fusion Festival is definitely worth your time and money. The main focus of the event is music – especially traditional music. This does not mean it is stuffy and boring! Recent trends have seen a growing number of musicians interpreting traditional music in new and exciting ways. This gives the festival a strong contemporary air and traditional and contemporary musical genres are allowed to compliment each other during the course of the festival. In addition to this, the festival attracts musicians and music lovers from around the world and this gives it a strong national and international flavor that provides a lot of diversity and is very enjoyable. The musical events that take place during the course of the festival are varied and will appeal to both expert and untrained musicians, young and old.
Yet Celtic Fusion is not just about music. Many other Celtic traditions in the fields of drama, art and dance are also incorporated into the festival program. Festival goers are able to enjoy stand up comedy, drama, exhibitions and musical concerts. There is also plenty of family-orientated entertainment. The festival traditionally takes place over a period of ten days and this year it will be held from the 13th to the 20th of July. Another unique aspect of the festival is that is moves between the various towns in the Down District, so the scene of the festival is constantly changing. However the key town in the area is Castlewellan and if you are only able to spend a few short days enjoying the sights and sounds, you should definitely spend the majority of it here. Other venues are at Newcastle, Downpatrick, Saintfield and Ballynahinch.
Celtic Fusion is always well supported by musicians, actors, performers and the general public. Though the festival program for the 2008 Celtic Fusion Festival is still being finalized, patrons can be sure that this year will be every bit as enjoyable as it always is.