Generic Theatre Stage shot - ATV 2007The 21st Celtic Connections begins today with eighteen days of musical moments.

Planners say that this landmark anniversary year has the most eclectic and bold programme yet. 2014 will also see the festival expand into Scotland ‘s new leading venue the SSE Hydro with two very special shows.

I can’t wait for it all to kick off this Thursday, this is the best bit – seeing all the months of planning come into play over the next 3 weeks.

The festival is really coming of age this year, as can be seen from the expansion into Scotland new leading venue and also in the diversity of this year’s programme.

Although Celtic Connections still stays true to its roots it has definitely become more adventurous and brings music from all over the world to Glasgow ‘s stages. The festival also continues to embrace other musical genres as can be seen in the line-up of this year’s Opening Concert.

Who’d have thought twenty years ago that one of the world’s most incredible classical musical stars would be premiering new collaborative work alongside Scottish traditional musicans at the opening night of the festival? – Donald Shaw, Artistic Director of Celtic Connections

More details on venues, performances and tickets can be found here: www.celticconnections.com

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