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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 week in May annually
How much: Tickets on sale February 1st, 2020
How long for: 4 days
Tickets on sale: From 1st February
Alongside music and dance our entertainment program includes a street parade, re-enactment groups, Celtic Strongman event, Kirking of the Tartan, massed pipe bands, children’s entertainment, combined schools’ concerts, boutique stalls including themed food and beverages, poets breakfast souvenirs, merchandise, and a fun run.
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:• 2019 Scotland • 2020 Ireland and Isle of Man• 2021 Wales, Cornwall and Brittany
Scotland is a strong Nation with a proud history and very popular with Australian Celtic Festival attendees as a unique theme. It is because of this that Scotland will remain a standalone Nation.
Ireland and Isle of Man both also have cultural similarities and share heritage in the 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 a common ancient history, and in remaining Celts in the western lands of Britain, and in some moving across the channel to Brittany. Cornwall was briefly called West Wales by the Saxons, and Brittany is ‘little’ Britain to the larger lands of Great Britain.
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