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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 long for: In 2021 for two days, 1st & 2nd May
Tickets on sale: From 1st March
In 2021, over two days there will be five ticketed Concert Sessions in an exclusive entertainment precinct at the Australian Standing Stones and a free entry market area with traders, kids activities, clans and society stalls for all to explore.
To commence the festival, the opening will be held with the Saturday dawn ceremony at the Australian Standing Stones, and then the Concert sessions will be held throughout the weekend. With events in town to complement the festivities, there is a full weekend to enjoy.
The event will be safe and compliant so visitors can enjoy, explore and celebrate.
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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