Education Programme

Celtic Connections firmly believes in encouraging Scottish children to enjoy their cultural heritage, which is why one of the key aspects of the festival is the hugely successful award winning Education Programme. This comprises a set of children’s workshops, concerts and tutorials dedicated to nurturing an awareness of traditional Scottish music.
Throughout the festival, pupils and teachers are given the opportunity to attend one of the free concerts for schools at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. These feature performances by professional Celtic, traditional and world music artists, allowing many children to enjoy their first experience of live music.
Since 1999 over 190,000 children from all over Scotland (including pupils from over 70% of schools in Glasgow) have benefited from the Education Programme.  In addition to the concerts, a series of taster workshops are run in schools, with professional celtic musicians introducing a variety of traditional means of expression to children, including Scots song, storytelling, Scots and Irish stepdance, and instrumental tuition featuring Celtic instruments, tin whistle, bodhran, fiddle and clarsach. These run throughout the festival in January, and continue throughout the year, ensuring the continued development of awareness of Scottish tradition in schools.
These workshops are delivered free of charge, and are completely inclusive, involving young people with special needs and those who have English as a second language.

You can support this and other areas of the festival by making a donation online when you purchase your tickets or by contacting the Fundraising team on 0141 276 9515 or email:​ 

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As proud education partner of Celtic Connections 2014, staff and students from the University of the Highlands and Islands will once again take to the stage for live musical performances.

We will also present a series of virtual lectures - featuring an eclectic mix of history, Nordic studies, myths and story-telling, including a focus on “Tam o’ Shanter” as a special contribution to Celtic Connections’ International Burns Celebration.  

As well as this, our students and lecturers will be telling their own stories through our Celtic Connections blog page.   More information…

Agus e uaibhreach a bhith na chom-pàirtiche foghlaim ann an Celtic Connections 2014, bidh luchd-obrach agus oileanaich bho Oilthigh na Gàidhealtachd agus nan Eilean a’ dol air an àrd-urlar a-rithist airson àireamh de chuirmean-ciùil beò.

àireamh de dh’òraidean mas-fhìor - le measgachadh de eachdraidh, rannsachadh Lochlannach agus sgeulachdan, a’ gabhail a-steach fòcas air “Tam o’ Shanter” agus Celtic Connections a’ comharrachadh obair Robert Burns.  

Cho math ri seo, bidh na h-oileanaich agus na h-òraidichean againn ag innse nan sgeulachdan aca fhèin air duilleag bhlogaichean Celtic Connections.   Tuillidh fiosrachaidh...​​


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