Goderich Celtic Festival to Postpone 2020 Event


With great sadness and disappointment, we are announcing the postponement of the 28th annual Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, College and Kids Camp to August 2021.

It may be fitting that this year’s festival logo featured the dragon. Known for seeing clearly, the dragon is mythically regarded for its gift of vision, wisdom and prophecy. Its foresight helps us understand the “ley of the land.”

The “ley of the land” is one we cannot control. Yet, we can control our response.

The Goderich Roots Celtic Festival was founded on the spirit of community and connecting people with Celtic roots and exploring new Celtic expressions. Our founders have built a forum where local, national and international performers unite every August in The Prettiest Town in Canada to bring song, dance, stories, joy and hope. That is our constant uniting vision.

The dragon brings us wisdom. The public health and wellbeing of our community is utmost. Despite our disappointment, for the safety of our performers, vendors, volunteers and attendees, we heed the guidance that mass gatherings are not in our immediate future.

Most promising, the dragon offers prophecy. We are reminded of the generous support of our sponsors and grantees, the unconquerable spirit to perform by our artists, and the thirst for connection. With that, we are encouraged and inspired to offer a new way for us to unite on our favourite weekend of August this year. We are keenly exploring how we may bring a virtual experience this summer—one that knows no borders, doesn’t require tickets, and is a beacon of community spirit that we will be together again.

If you have already purchased tickets or college classes, you are welcome to request a refund, forward your purchase to next year, or consider a donation to support our artists.

For more information please contact us at festival@celticfestival.ca or 519-524-8221

We look forward to the hopeful possibility of offering you a magical online experience this August.
We also cannot wait to see you back here for The Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, College and Kids camp on the shores of Lake Huron Aug. 2-8, 2021.


Cheryl Prashker
Artistic Director

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