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Celtic Connections 2023

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The UK's premier celebration of celtic music.

Celtic Connections 2023

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Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival celebrates its connections to cultures across the globe. From 19 January - 5 February 2023, over 2,100 musicians from around the world bring the city to life for 18 days. During that time, there are concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops and free events.

Find out what's on this year here.

Creative Director Donald Shaw programmes more than 300 events across multiple genres of music. The festival is renowned for its ability to bring together one-off line-ups for special collaborative shows. The camaraderie between musicians continues late into the night at the Festival Club - home to legendary musical collaborations and spontaneous sessions.

In 2015 the festival won the Art and Culture Award at the Inspiring City Awards ceremony. The event was organised by the Herald and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce in association with People Make Glasgow. The awards were created to celebrate the people and organisations that make Glasgow great.

In 2021, due to Covid-19, the festival went online for the very first time. Over 100,000 people tuned in from 65 countries to watch over 10.5 million minutes of content across 19 days.