March 15-16: Celtic Lands Culture Fest

 

The 15th annual Celtic Lands Culture Fest offers an array of folklore and art from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Marvel at the fast and fancy footwork of traditional Celtic dancers, listen to Celtic folk tales told by skilled storytellers, enjoy music by local Celtic musicians and shop the vendors’ booths for authentic wares and baked goods.

Saturday schedule  |  Sunday schedule

Saturday, March 15

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Celtic Lands Marketplace
Buy handmade home
décor, jewelry and more at our bustling marketplace filled with original goods.
 

Rotunda

         
Noon to 4 p.m.   
Who were the Celts?
Woad or no woad? These are just some of the questions you will encounter on your journey to understand just who the Celtic people were. 
 
  Private Dining Rooms
         
Noon to 4 p.m.  
Highland Athletic Games
Bring the whole family for some awesome fun with Museum staff as you play traditional Celtic games and earn your Passport stamp in the process.
 
  Private Dining Rooms
         
Noon
 
Celtic Stories with Carol Marie Stork
Storytelling is an art. Join us to hear enchanting stories from Celtic
mythology. 
 
  Private Dining Rooms
         
12:30 p.m.  
Riley School of Irish Music
Join us as we celebrate the unique sounds of Irish music!
  Duke Energy Children’s Museum
         
12:30 p.m.  
Dance Presentation: Ohio Valley Scottish Society
  Rotunda
         
1 p.m.  
Diana & Shakespeare
Join professional actors from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in a conversation and performance inspired by Diana, Princess of Wales. Audiences will engage with the actors as they explore themes of British history and strong female characters represented in William Shakespeare’s work.
$10 Members, $15 non-Members. Buy tickets
  Reakirt Auditorium 
         
1:30 p.m.  
Workshop: Harp for Beginners
What’s the difference between a Harper and a Harpist? The answer might surprise you. Join our workshop to learn more.
  Private Dining Rooms
         
 2 p.m.  
Dance Presentation:
Cincinnati Highland Dancers
  Rotunda
         
2:30 p.m.  
Scotland the Brave: a Brief History of Bagpipes
Join Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes and Drums Captain Robert Reid to learn more about piping and drums (chanters available).
  Private Dining Rooms
         
  3 p.m.
 
Dance Presentation:
Celtic Rhythm Dancers
  Rotunda
         
3 p.m.   
Emerald Isle: Discover why they call Ireland the Emerald Isle by creating a monochromatic mixed media collage.
  Duke Energy Children's Museum
         
3:30 p.m.  
Workshop: Celtic Dance Party
Impressed by all the dances you saw? Join Celtic Rhythm Dancers for a basic rhythm and movement workshop.
  Rotunda
         

3:30 p.m.

 
Cincinnati Highland Dancers
Scottish dancing at its best! Enjoy this special performance by the Highland Dancers.
  
 

Duke Energy Children’s Museum

         
4 p.m.   McGing Irish Dancers   Reakirt Auditorium
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  
Celtic Lands Marketplace
Buy handmade home décor, English pastries, jewelry and more at our bustling
marketplace filled with artisan goods.
  Rotunda
         
Noon - 4 p.m..   
Who were the Celts
Woad or no woad? These are just some of the questions you will encounter on your journey to understand just who the Celtic people were.
  Private Dining Rooms
         
Noon  
Music Presentation: Riley School
Enjoy the sweet harmonies of traditional Irish Music.
  Rotunda
         
1 p.m.   Music Presentation: Dark Moll   Reakirt Auditorium
         
1 p.m.  
Riley School of Irish Music
Join us as we celebrate the unique sounds of Irish music!
  Duke Energy Children’s Museum
         
1:30 p.m.  
Workshop: Harp for beginners
What’s the difference between a harper and a harpist? The answer might surprise you. Join our workshop to learn more.
  Private Dining Rooms
         
2 p.m.   Dance Presentation: Cincinnati Highland Dancers    Rotunda
         
2 p.m.  
Riley School of Irish Music
Join us as we celebrate the unique sounds of Irish music!
 
  Duke Energy Children’s Museum
         
2 p.m.  
Illuminated Letters
The Celts are known for their books of beautiful and ornate letters.Now it’s your turn to illuminate a letter of your own!
 
  Duke Energy Children’s Museum
         
3 p.m.   Dance Presentation: Celtic Rhythm Dancers   Rotunda
         
3 p.m.  
Cincinnati Highland Dancers
Scottish dancing at its best! Enjoy this special performance by the Highland Dancers.
  Duke Energy Children’s Museum
         
3 p.m.  
Emerald Isle
Discover why they call Ireland the Emerald Isle by creating a monochromatic mixed media collage.
  Duke Energy Children’s Museum 
         
3:30 p.m. 
  Workshop: Celtic Dance Party   Rotunda
         
4:30 p.m.
  Music Presentation: Silver Arm   Rotunda
         
         

 


 Buy Tickets

Activities in the Rotunda and surrounding areas are free. Activities in our museums are free for Members or included with your All Museums Pass. Buy tickets

 

Diana & Shakespeare

1 p.m. Saturday, March 15

Join professional actors from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in a conversation and performance inspired by Diana, Princess of Wales. Audiences will engage with the actors as they explore themes of British history and strong female characters represented in William Shakespeare’s work.

Cost: $10 Members, $15 non-Members. Buy tickets

 

Hours

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 16

 

Thank you to our supporting partner:

 

"Luxottica’s culture of embracing employee diversity supports initiatives within our community and expands the way we see the world. The Passport to the World at Cincinnati Museum Center exemplifies such a program. Additionally, Luxottica is the founding global sponsor for OneSight, a non-profit committed to providing eye care and eyewear to underprivileged people around the world, literally helping them see a world of possibilities. We celebrate our 23rd year of service in our own city in 2012."

- Jason Singh, Director of OneSight