Celtic Music and Heritage To Come Alive in Judique

first_img Visitors will soon be able to immerse themselves in the historyand culture of Cape Breton’s Celtic music at a new Celtic MusicInterpretive Centre in Judique. The province is investing $200,000 toward the development of the interpretive centre. The one-time grant will be applied toconstructing an energy-efficient building, and developinginterpretive exhibits. “Cape Breton is widely known as being a home to Celtic cultureand music. This new centre will be an important new attractionwhere visitors can experience our culture in an educational andentertaining manner,” Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism,Culture and Heritage said today, April 4. The new interpretive centre will offer interactive tours, livemusic and step-dancing demonstrations, workshops, specialinterpretive performances of Celtic music, and an archive andresource library. “This new centre will not only be a showcase for our history andculture, it will be a model of energy efficiency,” said EnergyMinister Cecil Clarke. “The best time to incorporate energysaving features into a home or building is during design andconstruction. I’m pleased that the province is investing inmaking this new interpretive centre a modern, energy-efficientfacility.” Nova Scotia’s 2005 Tourism Plan identified the need to havecultural and heritage attractions come to life for visitorsthrough enhanced interpretation and hands-on activities. The project will be managed by the Celtic Music InterpretiveCentre Society. The society preserves, promotes and collectsinformation on Celtic music in Cape Breton. “Visitors today want to understand and experience the life andculture of the places they visit,” said Larry Graham, presidentof the society. “This new centre will bring visitors to the heart of Celtic music in Cape Breton.” Today’s investment is part of $15 million in funding announced byMr. MacDonald in December 2004. That funding is designed to helpboost Nova Scotia’s tourism industry in the areas of marketing,product development, and regional tourism initiatives. TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Celtic Music and Heritage To ComeAlive in Judiquelast_img