15 Dec Celtic Connections 2020
16th January – 2nd February 2020
Some of the performances in this festival are unique collaborations and world premieres that have, in some cases, taken years to come to fruition. One such performance is our Opening Night concert, featuring the incredible GRIT Orchestra performing newly commissioned works inspired by the 700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath.
The Celtic Connections festival started in 1994 and has since been held every January, growing with popularity year upon year. The festival showcases traditional home-grown talent but also attracts acts from all over the world, with an estimated 2500 acts converging on Glasgow during this time. This year brings us Emily Sandi, Blazing Fiddles, The Wandering Hearts and Zoe Graha, Eddi Reader, Phil Cunningham just to name a few!
The festival takes place in 20 venues across the city with 300 separate events happening throughout, with the total audiences being more than 100,000 people and The Brunswick Hotel is on the doorstep of all venues.
At the core of the festival is the Education Programme, which sees thousands of school children attend free morning concerts experiencing live music ranging from Burns to spiritual and blues. Every night of the festival, once the concerts are over, the late-night Celtic Connections Festival Club runs through to the small hours of the morning. The club has no set programme and is renowned for one-off collaborations, not able to be seen anywhere else, between musicians appearing at the festival.