Dawn Beaton
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Position: Artistic Director
Company: Celtic Colours International Festival - Mabou/ Sydney, NS, Canada
Dawn is a passionate advocate and supporter of the arts. Her long standing involvement as both a Cape Breton Gaelic style fiddler and step dancer, and as Artistic Director of the Celtic Colours International Festival are proof of that. Having performed at the inaugural event in 1997, she has been in the director role since 2009 as Assistant Artistic Director and then Artistic Director. Celtic Colours is a nine day Cape Breton island wide festival that celebrates the Celtic diaspora with its emphasis of celebrating the Gaelic/Celtic cultures found on the island, while celebrating the many and important cultures that vibrantly exist there such as Acadian and Mi’kmaw. For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island, Canada is alive with music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate its rich culture. From concerts to dances and workshops to community suppers, they offer a full range of events against a gorgeous backdrop of autumn colours welcoming visitors and local audiences alike. Celtic Colours 2022 takes place October 7 - 15. Dawn also serves on volunteer boards and makes it a point to volunteer her musical skills to many worthwhile local charities.

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