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April 30, 2023
It's that time of year again and we hope you'll join us in celebrating our annual Australian Celtic Festival this week, held right here in Glen Innes! In its 31st year, the festival is celebrating the Year of Scotland. Read on for all the details, get your tickets, and come to Glen Innes for a Celtic experience like no other, celebrating music, dance, art and culture. It's also the perfect time to come and see the beautiful autumn colours around the region and experience true seasonal beauty before the leaves begin to fall.
Drawing visitors from all over Australia and internationally, the annual Australian Celtic Festival is about to celebrate its 31st year and its Year of Scotland with a vibrant and action-packed program stretching across four days from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 May 2023. We are excited to welcome international guests Paul Anderson & Finlay Wilson from Scotland, and Clan Celtica from New Zealand, as well as many crowd favourites returning to the stages, such as Mad Kelpie Playdate, Kejafi, Moreton Celtic Fiddle Club, Limerick, Highlander and The Bushwackers, amongst others. The festival is located at the Australian Standing Stones National Celtic Monument in Glen Innes and offers something for everyone...
There is also an exciting line-up of additional free and ticket events taking place around the township not to be missed! Check out the full program of events and grab your tickets now! Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for more information and updates. And be sure to tag @australiancelticfestival #australiancelticfestival in your social media posts so we can share.
Did you know Glen Innes has its very own registered tartan? Designed by Peter Maxwell Bruce and Alexander L Ritchie, it is included in the official Tartan Registry of the National Records of Scotland. You can buy Glen Innes tartan clothing and accessories, as well as a host of Celtic-inspired items, at the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre, or shop online.
Mon 1 May to Fri 26 May 10.00am to 4.00pm Mon to Fri; 10.00am to 1.00pm Sat Glen Innes Art Gallery, 71 Grey St, Glen Innes The Glen Innes Art Gallery proudly represents local artists, hosting exhibitions that reflect our wonderful region and helping artists connect with their audience. More info. Next exhibition: 29 May to 23 June Peter Champion and Helena South
Every Mon 3.00pm The Croft, The Australian Standing Stones, Centennial Parklands, Watsons Drive, Glen Innes Enjoy a pot of tea (or cup of barista coffee or hot chocolate), a scone, muffin or cake, and an illustrated expert talk on a Celtic topic. $15. Payment on arrival. More info: [email protected] or 0421 470 900.
Every Sat in May 7.00am to 12.30pm Lions Park, Cnr East Ave & Ferguson St, Glen Innes Check out this great little community market, with stallholders selling fresh produce, plants, craft, gifts, food, coffee & so much more. More info.
Sat 6 May 8.00am start The Australian Standing Stones, Centennial Parklands, Watsons Drive, Glen Innes Run, walk or hike the 2.5km loop twice (5k) or four times (10k) - the choice is yours. All 'Highlander' participants get a unique Haggis Highlander finishers medal! More info & registration.
Sat 6 May 1.00pm to 4.00pm Cooramah Cultural Centre, 8 MacKenzie St, Glen Innes A chance to see local Ngoorabul and other First Nation artisan's unique arts and crafts. More info.
Sat 13, 30 & 27 May 8.00am start The Australian Standing Stones, Centennial Parklands, Watsons Drive, Glen Innes A free, weekly, timed 5k event every Saturday morning. Everyone is welcome to walk, jog, run or volunteer More info & registration.
Sat 13 May 10.00am to 4.00pm The Makers Shed, 123 Grey St, Glen Innes Get across the entire silversmithing process with Richard Moon (resident Silversmith at The Makers Shed) as your guide, from designing your piece through to cutting, soldering, heating, cold-connecting, fold-forming, bezel-setting and polishing. Book now.
Fri 19 May 4.00pm Australian Standing Stones, Watson's Drive, Glen Innes A flag-lowering ceremony to honour St Yve - the Patron Saint of Brittany, one of the acknowledged Celtic nations in Glen Innes. Free entry. Raffle will be held.
Sat 27 May Doors open 7.00pm Glen Innes Services Club, 120 Grey St, Glen Innes Six of Australia's finest musicians, 'Live Baby Live', bring the INXS legacy to life with the vintage sound and 80's swagger that defined a generation. Contact the club to book.
Grey marle feat. Scottish Saltire flag colours. Aussie made. 100% Cotton. Adult sizes from XS to 3XL (true to standard AU sizing) $30 Shop now!
These scarves come with a card that explains the significance of the Glen Innes tartan colours. $40 Shop now!
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