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Millrace FestivalThe Millrace Festival’s focus is on traditional forms of folk music and dance from a variety of cultures. Inspired by similar events held in the United Kingdom, a significant part of the content is British and Irish music. However, an equally significant number of acts represent a variety of world cultures and the multinational character that is Canada today.

The Millrace Festival is a free festival patterned after European festivals whereby the day’s events are held on numerous outdoor stages in the town core. Traditional forms of folk music and dance are the festival’s theme, with emphasis placed upon the various cultures present in Cambridge and surrounding area. Arts, crafts, and an excellent choice of food and refreshments are also available at the festival site and from the many fine eating establishments in downtown Cambridge. Local and internationally renowned performers, are selected each year to reflect a most diverse and entertaining mixture of musical cultures.

The streets are filled with the sounds of fiddles while toes, defying restraint, must tap merrily to lively jigs, reels and hornpipes. Colourfully costumed dancers are on the streets and you have the opportunity on Sunday afternoon to try learning some traditional folk dances.

The Mill Race Festival is held in the historic downtown Galt portion of Cambridge, amidst nineteenth century heritage architecture. Weather permitting, the main events will be held in the outdoor theatre at Mill Race Park which is wonderfully reminiscent of an amphitheatre naturally created among the ruins of an old mill on the banks of the Grand River – hence our name “Mill Race” Festival – and at 6 other venues within walking distance.  If the weather is inclement, events will be held in a variety of indoor locations within walking distance.

Festival events begin on  Friday at 7 pm with a series of concerts in the Mill Race Amphitheatre, featuring some of the festival’s most exciting acts.  Informal jam sessions are held in the Kiwi pub.  These carry on throughout the weekend, and both amateur and professional musicians alike are invited to join in.

Concerts and workshops continue on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings.

Where: Downtown Cambridge

When: August 3 – 5, 2011

The festival runs on Friday from 7pm to 11pm,
Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm to 11pm.

Cost: FREE

For more information please visit website

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