The 13th annual Celtic Colours International Festival is well underway at various sites around Cape Breton.

The nine-day festival opened last Friday night at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre with Island to Island: The Cape Breton-Ireland Musical Bridge show which builds on connections made when Irish fiddler Liz Doherty’s study of Cape Breton fiddle tradition led to a Cape Breton festival taking place in Cork, Ireland, in 1993.

About 425 artists are performing at this year’s edition of Celtic Colours, which includes 24 artists from Ireland. The event wraps up this weekend.