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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 have 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 spectacles’, but this is only the start…there is something for everyone at our festival.
Where: Australian Standing Stones, Glen Innes
When: 1st weekend in May, Annually
How long for: Four days, 28th April - 1st May, 2022
Tickets on sale: From 1st March
Over the four-day festival there is 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” gives a taster of the weekends’ performances and the non-stop entertainment and activities until Sunday evening’s farewell concert.
Each year the Festival reviews its program to ensure it has something for everyone – 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 (3) year cycle recognising six (6) Celtic Nations:
• 2021 Ireland and Isle of Man
• 2022 Wales, Cornwall and Brittany
• 2023 Scotland
Scotland is a strong Nation with a proud history and 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 and 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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