Australian Celtic Festival - Flags of the Celtic clans

Every year crowds descend on Glen Innes (population 9000) for the Australian Celtic Festival. They are attracted by the unique Celtic experience, the opportunity to meet with friends and to enjoy famous country hospitality.

The Festival attracts clans, cultural groups, dancers and performers from around the world. Visitors experience Celtic music and dance at four stages at the Festival’s main venue, the Australian Standing Stones, and in many venues around town.

The Australian Standing Stones are an array of granite monoliths often shrouded in autumn mists. You definitely don’t want to miss rising at dawn and to listen to the haunting skirl of pipes amidst the stones.

The four day Festival features entertainment that includes a street parade, kirking of the Tartan, massed pipe bands, strong man events, yard dog trials, children’s entertainment, a fun run, dancing, flag raising ceremonies, poet breakfasts, market stalls and Celtic foods.

Each year’s Festival celebrates one of the Celtic nations. The 2016 Festival will honour the Isle of Man and will run from Thursday 28th April to Sunday 1st May with a few surprises planned.

Come experience this unique Festival in the spectacularly colourful Autumn that is a highlight of our cool New England climate.

Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer should contact the Festival Office on (02) 6730 2410.

2016 Australian Celtic Music Awards

will be presented at the Official Australian Celtic Awards Night on 30th April 2016 at Glen Innes Services Club

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There’s a new twist to next year’s Australian Celtic Festival and it’s all about “tying the knot”.

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2016. Year of the Isle of Man. Australian Celtic Festival.