This is your opportunity to learn from some of the very best musicians and artists from around the world. There are course levels for everyone from beginner to advanced, all are welcome to participate.
The Celtic College is a four-day immersive event the week before the Celtic Festival that teaches the ins and outs of many types of Celtic music, dance, and craft art, taught by the artists who will be appearing at the Festival on the weekend. There are four 80 minute classes per day, which repeat throughout the week. For example, you will have the same class from 9:00 to 10:20 every day. Classes cover a broad range of instruments, styles, focuses, artistic mediums, and levels of experience: anything from beginner fiddle tunes to advanced Irish harp technique, from ceilidh dancing to Ontario step dance, or from blacksmithing to illuminated letters, and everything in between.
The Celtic College takes place over a four day period - Monday, August 1st to Thursday, August 4th and is taught by the same musicians and artists brought to the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival to perform throughout the festival.
After learning and growing as musicians throughout the college, all students are welcome to participate in our Friday Showcase. Taking place on Friday, August 5th at the Festival Grounds in Lions Harbour Park, this is a wonderful opportunity to show off your new skills.
A college student’s day might look like this:
1) 9:00-10:20 - Scottish Song
2) 10:40-12:00 - Advanced Cape Breton Fiddle Style
LUNCH 12:00-1:30 - at the College or at a local restaurant
3) 1:30-2:50 - Irish Ensemble
4) 3:10-4:30 - Quebec Style Dance
In the evenings, the experience goes on to include evening teacher concerts in the town square, and everyone can put their skills to practice at the ceilidh dances and sessions that often run into the night at local venues. The week wraps up with a Celtic College Showcase at the Festival on Friday afternoon, which kicks off the weekend!
- Students will be permitted into the Festival for free on Friday, August 5th, but are encouraged to purchase a festival pass to enjoy the entire weekend of concerts. (tuition and ticket options below)
- Check-in sessions: students must pick up their registration materials (i.e. room assignments, maps, tickets) upon arrival during one of the following check-in sessions:
Sunday, July 31st, 2022 between 2:00pm - 8:00pm @ The Livery Theatre (35 South St.)
Monday, August 1st, 2022 between 8:00am – 9:00 am @ Goderich District Collegial Institute (260 South St.)
PLEASE NOTE: Irish Ensemble #3016 is now FULL
Vocal Harmony #1020 is now FULL
When filling out your College Registration form (below) please refer to the course number when choosing your courses.
If you have already filled out a form, our College Coordinator will be emailing you to ask for your course selections.
Step 1: Fill out online form below.
Step 2: Purchase the Celtic College tuition (and the optional Celtic College Student Weekend Pass).
Alternatively, payment is accepted by mailing in a cheque or by calling the office to process a credit card payment over the phone.
Please make cheques out to "Goderich Celtic Folk Society" and mail to:
Goderich Celtic Roots Festival & College
Goderich, ON, Canada
Cancellations on or before July 22nd, 2022 will be refunded in full minus a $50 administration fee.
Cancellations between July 23rd, 2022 and August 1st, 2022 will be refunded in half.
Cancellations after August 1st, 2022 will not be refunded.
Celtic College Student Festival Pass
Weekend pass available only to Celtic College students. Celtic College students may attend the Celtic Festival all day Friday without a pass. Physical tickets are not longer being mailed out, your name will be at the "Green Shed" where you will receive a wristlet.