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Scotland Celebrates International Music Community – Celtic Connections

Scotland Celebrates International Music Community – Celtic Connections

View along River Kelvin glasgow
View along River Kelvin glasgow
River Kelvin, Glasgow.

Celebrate Robert Burns Night on 25 January

Scottish music festival Celtic Connections are inviting Australians to celebrate all things Scotland by joining a multi-day digital extravagance of music and culture. For the first time ever, the multi-genre and electrically engaging Celtic Connections Festival is available to everyone in Australia.   

Across 19 days, this socially-conscious Scottish celebration is presenting over 30 online performances, providing global platforms for otherwise temporarily side-lined musicians in over 10 countries. This includes a hotly anticipated Transatlantic Session coming out of Nashville and Quebec, which will be aired on January the 29th.

This is an ideal way to celebrate Burns night on January 25 just before getting into the Australia Day spirit. The musical events, which are running from now until the 2nd of Feb, are the ideal way for Australians to get a taste of Scottish hospitality, at time when travel is impossible. The full schedule can be found here –

Amazing festival moments include Rajasthani women singing as the sun rises behind them, a world-class Malawi artist performing from his rooftop, stirring segments from Nordic folk musicians, Roma performers, Sudanese singers, Spanish performers, and Gambian artists. That is not even to mention the plethora of Scottish talent on show, providing a masterclass in a variety of genres.   

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Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections – Glasgow festival

Traditionally, the festival welcomed over 100,000 attendees to Glasgow, including a wealth of Australian visitors. With hundreds of Australian tickets already purchased for this year’s digital showcase, the festival will be a perfect display of Scottish hospitality for would be visitors who are not able to travel to Scotland at this point in time. The 19-day event undoubtedly has caught the attention of music fans across the world with festival passes purchased in over 44 countries.  

Curated in Glasgow, Celtic Connections 2021 has been specially designed to support as many international artists as possible, at a time when many musicians are lacking an effective platform. The direct aim of the festival is to spread happiness, positivity, and well-being around the world through the medium of music. 

Whilst travel is impossible, Australian’s can also enjoy Glasgow’s amazing architecture and creativity by digitally experiencing the Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail, or taking a virtual tour of Mackintosh House at the Hunterian Art Gallery; a location which houses a collection of works by the genius architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. For those with more of a culinary inclination, there are virtual whisky tastings, virtual tours of an iconic tearoom, and a collection of insider foodie tips and recipes in the form of a new book. 

A UNESCO City of Music, which has some of the best and most varied musical performances in the world, Glasgow will be looking forward to warmly welcoming Australian visitors when it is safe to travel again in the future. For now, Celtic Connections and the above digital experiences provide a taste of the world class welcome the city offers. Please see here for more information on Glasgow.

Ticket Information for Celtic Connections

The ‘All Access’ ticket is priced at £40 and this will give access to all of the concerts taking place across the 19 days.  

It is also now possible to purchase tickets for individual shows, pricing for these is detailed in the listings below. 

The Celtic Connections Rover Membership Programme is back for 2021 with a Celtic Rover Digital package that includes access to a host of exclusive Celtic Rover extras as well as the Celtic Connections Festival pass which gives the individual access to all of the festival content over the 19 days. The Celtic Rover Digital package is £45.  

For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book an incredible holiday to Scotland contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

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