The greatest celebration of Celtic culture in the Southern Hemisphere
Kilt up, strap on some pipes and experience the largest and most diverse celebration of Celtic culture in the southern hemisphere. The festival celebrates the traditions and community of the seven Celtic lands – Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, French Brittany, and Spanish Galicia – through music, dance, talks and workshops.
The coastal town of Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula is host to this year’s festival, with an impressive line-up of 40 local, national and international Celtic artists. Australian acts include Sasta, Catherine Fraser and Duncan Smith, Tolka, the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Shamrock Sheilas and loads more.
Forging international collaborations with global Celtic organisations has created the opportunity for the festival to bring large international acts down under; Barrule (Isle of Man), Heartstring Quartet (UK), Fèis Rois (Scotland), Mairead Hurley (IRE) and Fiona Ross (Scotland). Thanks to these new international relationships, Australia will be finally be introduced to Manx music; the traditional music of the Isle of Man.
The program also includes performances by a collection of dance groups – Irish, Welsh and Scottish – as well as talks from visitors from the Celtic homeland and workshops from poetry to the art of the harp.
The limerick competition has also become somewhat of an annual feature at the festival. So if you’re a budding poet, there’s the opportunity to become a part of the newly created National Celtic Festival Limerick Hall of Fame.
Stay for the weekend in accommodation ranging from holiday parks to cosy B&Bs. And if that's not already convenient enough, a free shuttle bus will be running to transport festival-goers around the town. Early bird tickets are avaliable online now – $120 for adults and $45 for the kids.