Celticfest is one of Vancouver's most exciting ethno-cultural festivals:
Saturday I will check out “Battle of the Bards” King O' Men (about Robbie Burns, and the annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy entry in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Celticfest started on Wednesday and goes to Sunday March 15th. St. Patrick's Day is on Tuesday March 17th.
Check out the website: www.celticfestvancouver.com for lots of great events featuring Ashley McIssac, Lunasa, Irish Pipes Regiment, Battle of the Bards etc. etc.
This year there is a play about Robbie Burns, titled King O'Men – featuring bagpiper Rob McDonald and actor John Hardie. All the more to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the birth of poet Robert Burns.
I was involved in the augural “Battle of the Bards” event last year, playing poet Robbie Burns. It's a great fun event, where performers “channel” the spirit of the poets, and read the poems. Check out my story from last year: www.GungHaggisFatChoy.com :: Toddish McWong's “Robert Burns” wins Battle of the Bards
The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is lots of fun too! We usually hang out at the Celticfest Village following the parade. This year's parade is on Georgia St. Starting at Broughton, the parade route heads East ending at Howe St. The Village is on the North lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Check out my story from last year: www.GungHaggisFatChoy.com :: Gung Haggis Fat Choy puts a dragon (not a snake) in the parade.
Here are 3 events that I will be attending – hope to see you there!
Saturday March 14
Battle of the Bards – A Literary Pub Crawl and Grand Finale
Three cheers! The Battle of the Bards is back for 2009, whisking you along on a flying tour of Granville Street’s best Irish pubs.
Dynamic spoken word artists Sean McGarragle, Duncan Shields and Warren Dean Fulton
The crawl culminates at The Cellar, where the bards will do final “battle” with Vancouver’s first official poet laureate George McWhirter
Who will be this year’s “top bard”? Why don’t you be the judge!
Open Mic & Finale Event
Sunday March 15
Where can you find hundreds of thousands of people, all seized with Celtic fever? At the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, of course! This year the parade travels a new route along Georgia Street, beginning at Broughton St., ending up at the Celtic Village
outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at Georgia and Howe. Round up your
family and friends (and favourite green attire) and enjoy the spectacle
of over 2,000 colourfully costumed participants, from pipers and
drummers to acrobats and stilt-walkers. The price is still right –
Presented by Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association