The Australian Celtic Festival - A Celebration of Celtic Culture and Friendship.




  • Malcolm and Norma Parsons
  • New England Mutual
  • Attenborough Fertiliser Services
  • Bruce Family Butchery
  • Dom's Diesel
  • Ecosite Solutions
  • Fossickers Caravan Park
  • Glen Innes Lions
  • Glen Innes Vetinary Hospital
  • Graydons Amcal Chemist
  • Hereford Steakhouse
  • Home Living
  • Landmark
  • Liston Legal
  • Maclean Care
  • McDonalds Family Restaurant
  • Moore Venison
  • New England Brewing Co.
  • Roberts & Morrow
  • Rotary
  • Silent Grove Farm stay
  • Stewarts Coaches
  • Timbs Pharmacy
  • Tyre power

 

Claire tnClaire Patti - winner of the NAB Australian Celtic Music Female Vocalist 2014 Award - one of The Australian Celtic Music Awards presented by the Glen Innes and District Services Club. A full list of 2014 winners is here.

It rained, it blew and it froze. It even sleeted. The weather was very unkind to us this year. Sadly, many stallholders and clan tents were forced to pull up stakes early, the open air stages were shut and the strongmen event was cancelled.

On the bright side, local vendors of warm clothes and hot food did a roaring trade and wonderful audiences were entertained by fabulous performers at venues all over the place.

Thanks go to Raelene Watson and all the staff and volunteers who worked so hard throughout the year to make it happen, our amazingly talented performers without whom there would be no festival, our sponsors and, of course, all the wonderful people who came to enjoy and particpate. Despite the weather the atmosphere was brilliant.

If you have an interesting photo or two, please feel free to send them to me so I can build a gallery of 2014 memories. ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Thanks to the Cornish Association of Queensland for starting the ball rolling.  Gallery is here.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year (30 April - 3 May, 2015) celebrating Wales. Performer applications will open in august.

Here are some links to stories and galleries on The Examiner website:

 

Song, dance, music, poetry, pomp, ceremony, spectacle, living history, parade, clans, special events, and (of course) bagpipes.

Visitors and performers flock to Glen Innes in the heart of "Celtic Country" for the annual Australian Celtic Festival held the first weekend in May. 

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Spread over 4 days, highlights include music and dance at multiple stages and venues, displays and workshops, storytelling and poetry, clan gatherings, a huge parade through Glen Innes' heritage main street, strongmen, living history displays, massed bands, traditional kirking of the tartans, Celtic yard dog trials, fun run and walk, Celtic stalls, food and more.

The Australian Standing Stones, overlooking the rural township of Glen Innes, were originally developed as a meeting place for the Celtic Clans and Associations of Australia to gather and celebrate their Celtic history. The Standing Stones are located in Centennial Park, the primary venue of the Australian Celtic Festival. A number of activities, including the parade, and some evening events take place at other venues around the town. 

The Ngarabal (also: Ngoorabul, Ngarrabul, Ngarrbal) people are the traditional Aboriginal custodians of the Glen Innes area. Ngarabal people have lived in Glen Innes and the surrounding country continuously for thousands of years. The Ngarabal name of the township of Glen Innes is "Gindaaydjin", meaning "plenty of big round stones on clear plains"

Glen Innes has twin town status with Pitlochry in Scotland.

Join us in the beautiful New England Tablelands of New South Wales from 30 April - 3rd May, for the 2015 Australian Celtic Festival - celebrating Wales.

 

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