Celtic Fest will bring ‘céilí’ vibes to Surrey’s museum later this month – Surrey Now-Leader


It’s time for another Celtic Fest at the Museum of Surrey – no, not on St. Patrick’s Day but March 26.

This Saturday afternoon, the Cloverdale facility will be transformed into a “céilí,” a free, family-friendly celebration of music and merriment, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Live music will be performed by Kyle Banta on bagpipes, Michael Burnyeat on fiddle, Allen Barnett on accordion and canine friends from the Irish Wolfhound Club of Canada and Club Westie BC will also be in attendance. “Community Partners” booths will feature the Steele School of Dance, Monument Ireland Canada, White Spot Pipe Band, West Coast Calligraphy Society, Fort Garrison, Vancouver Gaelic Society and more.

Visitors can go on a scavenger hunt through the museum’s galleries, check out an exhibition of Celtic textiles, and take home Celtic knot crafts.

After a pandemic-triggered pause on in-person events at the museum, Celtic Fest is kicking off a series of free spring celebrations planned there, at 17710 56A Ave. Upcoming events include Toddlers’ Easter Celebration (April 14), Métis Children of the Fur Trade (April 23) and Surrey Regional Heritage Fair (April 30).

“We are very pleased to safely bring this popular family event which brings our local Celtic community together right here in Surrey,” said Lynn Saffery, who runs the Museum of Surrey.

Proof of vaccination is required for events taking place there until April 8, for people aged 12 and over. For more details, visit surrey.ca/museum.

The current exhibition at the Musuem of Surrey is ‘Broken Promises’, on view until April 24. The traveling exhibit explores the dispossession of Japanese Canadians in the 1940s, presenting the personal stories of people from seven families interned during the Second World War.

The exhibition is jointly organized by the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby, the Royal British Columbia Museum and the research collective Landscapes of Injustice. The Museum of Surrey has expanded the exhibit to include personal stories from Surrey residents of Japanese descent.

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