Late last Fall, the Northern Nevada Celtic Celebration applied for a grant for out of market marketing from the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority, more commonly recognized by their “Reno Tahoe” brand. We were notified in early January that we were recommended for full funding! We could not be more thrilled!
Here is an awesome video they have, showcasing our area and letting the world know what WE already know…
The secret is out! Reno Tahoe isn’t your basic vacation destination. It’s a collision of contrasts packed with award-winning accolades and activities! Check out this video and fuel your ambition to see, do and experience.
The Celtic Celebration has gone through some changes recently. We updated our name to reflect that there are Celtic people all over Nevada, and generally what we do focuses on the entire state, but most specifically, the North, so we changed our name to the Norther Nevada Celtic Celebration.
I have been producing events for more than ten years, and I’m here to tell you, it gets harder every year. Costs constantly go up, and you have to respond to that! Sometimes, it’s hard to make ends meet, and that’s no less true for non-profits or small events. To that end, we had to seriously take stock of how we were doing things at the Celtic Celebration, after facing a few years in a row of losses and stagnant revenues. We chose not to have an event in 2018, and move our event to what we hope will be a more hospitable and stable weather outlook. We seriously thought about whether or not we were in a position to continue to be able to produce the event. This is what we are talking about, here’s our highlight reel from 2017, compiled by the talented Stewart Campbell of LoadedTV, also a Celt, a fine British Gentleman:
There is so much heart in Celtic Culture! So much amazing history, food, traditions and stories that need to be told and passed on, things we need and want to keep alive, things worth preserving. In the end, after 26 successful years, it would be a true shame to our entire state for this event to no longer exist. We do, however, need to make some changes……
We need to be more efficient, and we need to tighten our belts. We hope to make an amazing turn around, but right now, the most logical thing for us to do is decrease our event from a two day event to a one day event, so that it can still happen at all. We had a board meeting last night, to vote about whether or not to continue and how to make it happen. We cut our budgets and are determined to fund raise our back sides off to make this event happen.
We have some exciting ideas on how to reinvent ourselves, and hope you will enjoy them and continue to support us, please stay tuned. We are considering things like pre-sale tickets, on this website, and pre-sale t-shirts, so we aren’t stuck with a large inventory at the end and only get shirts people have committed to buying. More efficient use of other resources will hopefully carry us into the future.
It seems self-serving and almost wrong to ask for help when so many people have lost everything and there is suffering all along the West Coast with the California Wild Fires like the Camp fire, but we cannot exist without support from our community. We are helping where we can with these tragedies and hope our friends and past patrons have come through as un-scathed as possible. If you can, now, or in the future, please consider donating to the Northern Nevada Celtic Celebration. There’s a “DONATE” link just to the right, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for taking the time to read this update, and we hope to see you in May, 2019!
Reno Celtic Festival Name Change, Move to May 18-19, 2019
For almost three decades, the Reno Celtic Celebration has entertained over 10,000 visitors and residents, giving them experiences and education about cultures and activities rooted in the seven Celtic Nations: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Galicia, Isle of Mann, Brittany and Cornwall.
From Bag Pipe competitions to Scottish Athletics, Living History demonstrations, Celtic Animal exhibits and Celtic live music and dancing, attendees have experienced and enjoyed all that is the Reno Celtic Celebration. The governing board for the Reno Celtic Celebration is broadening its scope and reach in hopes of continuing to grow this unique event.
In recognition of the growth of the area, the festival will be named the “Northern Nevada Celtic Celebration.” The festival date has been changed to May 18-19, 2019. This means the event will not be held on October 6-7th, 2018 as earlier scheduled. The event will continue to be held at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Southwest Reno, where it has been held for the last decade.
“We made the strategic decision to move our event to late spring in order to promote it’s growth during the middle of the Celtic games season in our region,” said Danielle Gann-Lind, the board’s president. “We are excited about this change and look forward to the positive opportunities the move presents.”
The Celtic Celebration was originally created as an event sponsored by the former Fitzgerald’s Hotel & Casino and was previously held in Downtown Reno, Wingfield Park and the Livestock Events Center before moving to it’s current Bartley Ranch location in 2007. The new May 18-19, 2019 date will be the festival’s 28th annual event.
The Northern Nevada Celtic Celebration is governed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Celtic Celebration, Inc., and is comprised of a board of directors.