The Gaelic College in Cape Breton is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

CEO Rodney MacDonald said they've added many new buildings and programmes since the first one-room structure was put up in 1938.

The former premier of Nova Scotia said the mission remains the same.

"The Gaelic College was set up 75 years ago to promote the music, the culture, the language, the dance and the craft of those who came from the Highlands of Scotland," he said. "We maintain the integrity of that mandate today and we stick by it."

MacDonald said the week will be filled with activities including story telling, crafts and pub nights.  It will also include pipes and drums and a big square dance.

The festivities wrap up on Saturday, July 6 with Highland dancing  and a concert featuring Mary Jane Lamond, Ashley MacIsaac and Jimmy Rankin.