Acadian and Celtic Traditions Come Together as Focus of First Time Conference

With its reputation and recognized scholars in the study of heritage and culture, Cape Breton University (CBU) is pleased to host the inaugural Acadian Traditional Music: At the Crossroads of French and Celtic Cultures Conference, from October 11-13. The conference will bring together researchers and practitioners who have studied Acadian, French Canadian, Celtic and Atlantic Canadian traditions. Throughout the conference, participants will demonstrate how musical traditions have evolved over the centuries, and they will reflect on their condition today.

“Throughout the Atlantic Provinces focus on traditional Acadian and Celtic music has been significant in academia and research, however there has yet to be a conference centered on these themes as one topic,” says Dr. Ronald Labelle, an Associate Professor of French at CBU and Conference Organizer. “This conference will provide an opportunity for dialogue between people who have studied Acadian traditions and those who study Celtic traditions, making it an original, first time event.”

Organizers are confident that the conference will provide a platform for needed discussion, driven by varying perspectives. Through paper panels, round table discussions and other engaging activities, attendees will have ample opportunity for open dialogue that will lead to lively debate on the preservation of musical traditions in the Maritimes that will have implications for communities farther afield.

Over the weekend, participants will hear from a number of presenters on various topics with presentations such as Unlocking Memories: Using emerging technologies to celebrate and preserve traditional music in archival audio holdings, The Cape Breton Fiddle Music Companion and The 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage: Next Steps for Sustaining  Living Musical Traditions in Nova Scotia. Presentations will be delivered in both English and French, with presenters and scholars from Cape Breton, Canada, the United States, Scotland, Ireland and France.

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