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CelticFest Vancouver presents a special pre-festival event

Ireland’s chart-topping folk hero


Damien Dempsey 72dpi

in concert Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8pm (doors 7pm)

The Imperial, 319 Main Street

Take traditional Irish music, fuse it with some reggae, add in rock and folk and put it all through a grounded working class, worldly aware yet caring consciousness, and you’re some bit of the way to describing Damien Dempsey’s music.

“…one of the most thoughtful singer-songwriters of his generation… he can [also] bash out anthems like an Irish folk Springsteen. He can also provoke a mass singalong with just the merest suggestion that his audience should join in, a skill worthy of Pete Seeger.” – The Guardian, 2014

“Everyone loves Damo… There’s really nobody like him out there, and we should be grateful to have someone of his ilk in our midst, someone who burns with his passion, someone who tells it like it is through songs that move the mind and the feet.” –  David Burke, rock-n-reel.co.uk reviews

For tickets to this sure-to-sell-out concert, http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1000423



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CelticFest Vancouver is proud to announce

in conjunction with the Irish Embassy


VANCOUVER PREMIERE! ► December 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Playing at the Cinematheque on Howe Street, Vancouver

A fearless Irishwoman follows her motto “a little insane goes a long way” and accomplishes great things in director Stephen Bradley’s stirring, crowd-pleasing biopic, dramatizing the true story of Christina Noble. She overcame nightmarish adversity in her own life — a Dickensian childhood, sexual assault, an abusive marriage — to found an important international children’s charity. In the 1970s, Noble was haunted by recurring visions of children victimized by the Vietnam War. With little more than gumption and a desire to do good, she took herself to Ho Chi Minh City. Deirdre O’Kane gives a fine, forceful performance as the adult Noble in this intelligent, movingfilm. “Inspired … A joyful and rousing affirmation of the human spirit” (Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter).

For More Information: www.eufilmfestival.com

24-Hour Film Information: 604-688-FILM (3456)

Ticket Prices:Single Bill $11 Adult, $9 Senior/Student, Double Bill $14 Adult, $12 Senior/Student


$3 Annual membership required for those 18+


CelticFest Vancouver

 is pleased to announce that John Coughlan has taken on the role of Executive Festival Producer.

John’s  responsibilities will be to coordinate all aspects of the CelticFest Vancouver Society Festival,

he will report to the Board of Directors of CelticFest Vancouver .

For any inquires with regards to CelticFest please feel free to contact John at 604 612 6708 or email him




CelticFest Vancouver

is pleased to announce the Board of Directors for 2015 / 2016 :

Harry Cussen – Executive Officer – President
Orla O’Keeffe – Executive Officer – Vice President
Alan Cosgrave – Executive Officer – Treasurer
Adrienne Sutherland – Executive Officer – Secretary
George McDonnell – Director
Roisin Faherty – Director
Patrick Hartnett – Director


CelticFest Vancouver 2015 is a wrap.

Thanks for coming! 

We sang along, danced a jig or two, we toasted and tasted, discovered the new and celebrated the traditions – and had a fabulous CelticFest 2015.

Thank you so much for making this year’s festival a big success!

Thanks for joining our newsletter, for sharing the word, for coming to festival concerts and events, for cheering on the parade – for being a special festival supporter.

Scroll down to see some of the amazing photos taken by our photographers, Derek Stevens and Amanda King below. Join us in recognizing some of the people, groups, businesses and organizations that deserve our acknowledgements and thanks.

Special Thanks to the Volunteers:

This festival would not be possible without the good works of our amazing team of volunteers. They are simply the best!

Numbering over 70 this year, their talents, enthusiasm, time, and goodwill contributed so much to make the festival run – and fun!

Our thanks to all the festival volunteers for a job well done!

Other Important People to Thanks

A lot goes in to putting on a festival the size and scale of CelticFest Vancouver. Some of it you see, but so much of it happens behind the scenes.

Our deepest thanks go out to the valued sponsors and funders.

Their contributions, both large and small, were instrumental to the success of CelticFest 2015.

 A Final Thanks

To everyone who participated, who gave us their council, ideas and assistance, who shared their inspired talents – their music, art and culture with us – thank you!

And thank you again for supporting the festival.

We’ll see you again at CelticFest #12, March 10 – 17, 2016!


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For more photos click here.

Videos by Keith Dunn for A Tribute to the Pogues  and the duet.  Welsh Choir and the  DeDanaan dancers

Maura De Freitas (Celtic Person of the Year).

More videos to come.