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The Australian Celtic Festival is renowned as the premier Celtic event of New South Wales.
It is the only Celtic-themed festival in Australia to recognise different Celtic nations each year and has the unique atmospheric benefit of being located at the nationally acclaimed Australian Standing Stones.
Each year, up to twenty different clans and representatives from the six Celtic nations turn out in force to hold their annual Celtic ceremonies and spectacle, but this is only the start…With a vibrant annual events program and fringe events held within the local community, there is something for everyone!
Where: Australian Standing Stones, Glen Innes
When: Annually between Thursday & Sunday over the 1st weekend in May
Over the four-day festival, there are close to 200 individual events, most of which are held at the Australian Standing Stones from Friday night until Sunday afternoon.
To commence the festival, Thursday night’s '100,000 Welcomes' event gives a taster of the weekend’s performances and the non-stop entertainment and activities until Sunday evening’s farewell concert.
Each year, the festival reviews its program to ensure it offers a range of exciting events to cater for a wide range of interests – from Celtic music and poetry performances by both Australian and international artists, to our prestigious awards and competitions.
The Australian Celtic Festival operates on a three-year cycle recognising six Celtic nations:
• 2021 Ireland and Isle of Man
• 2022 Wales, Cornwall & Brittany
• 2023 Scotland
Scotland is a strong Nation with a proud history and is very popular with Australian Celtic Festival attendees as a unique theme. Our town is named after Major Archibald Innes, born in Scotland. With all the cultural colour and spectacle, Scotland will remain a standalone nation.
Ireland and Isle of Man share cultural similarities and heritage in having Gaelic languages and traditions. While the nations will be combined, the festival will ensure that all honoured nations are celebrated through ceremonies, performer selection themes and gourmet food.
Wales, Cornwall & Brittany share in common their Brythonic languages. They are the remaining Celts of western Britain, some moving across the channel to Brittany. All three homelands share a bond in holding national Eisteddfod festivals.
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