Australian Celtic Fashion Awards

history of the ACFAs

The Australian Celtic Fashion Awards were created in 2015 in consultation with the organisers of the Australian Wool Awards (now ‘Fleece to Fashion’).

It was deemed that the Celtic culture in Australia was thriving and Celtic wearable art and garments were now on trend. Celebrities and fashion designers from all over the world are now creating and wearing Celtic themed garments.

The Australian Celtic Festival, as the premier Celtic event in Australia, took on the role of creating and hosting the Australian Celtic Fashion Awards to showcase Celtic fashion and provide Celtic themed designers a platform to showcase their work.

Since 2015 the awards have grown with support from dedicated volunteers and Sponsors and 2021 will see the first exhibition held at the Glen Innes Town Hall. 

Australian Celtic
Fashion Awards (ACFA)
Exhibition 29 Apr -2 May

This year Australian Celtic Fashion Award (ACFA) entries will be showcased in a brand new exhibition held at the Glen Innes Town Hall over the four days.

The exhibition will include a variety of scheduled demonstrations in lost crafts and music, and the exhibition will display dressmaking, leatherwork, knitting, weaving, felting, millinery and accessories. Exhibition attendees will be able to vote in a people’s choice award.

Where: Glen Innes Town Hall, 265 Grey St

When: April 29 to May 2. Daily from 9am to 5pm

Cost: Entry to the exhibition is a gold coin donation

The Award Ceremony and presentation will be held at 10am on Saturday 1st May at the Glen Innes Town Hall. Pre-registrations will be required to secure a seat. 

ATartan Day Out

This year’s theme for the ACFAs, ‘A Tartan Day Out’, explores creativity and resourcefulness. Imagine a family picnic, splendidly clad in tartan knickerbockers, maybe a fanciful shirt and glamourous head wear, all featuring your favourite tartan!

We are challenging our entrants to think outside traditional garments and dressmaking rules when creating a tartan piece, fit for a Highlands family picnic. Be creative, be resourceful, be brave and stitch, knit, felt, weave or even paint. We have a range of sections across four award categories;

  1. Junior (students currently studying kindergarten to year 6)
  2. Secondary (students currently studying years 7 to 12)
  3. Open (18 years and over)
  4. Older Persons (Special registered awards program)

Sections include dressmaking, leatherwork, knitting, weaving, felting, millinery and accessories.

There will also be a people’s choice award voted by exhibition attendees, encouraging engagement and interaction with our audience.

Scottie Dog
Celtic Dance

Enter the ACFAs

Entries into the 2021 ACFAs are free and will close on 19th April 2021. Please complete the application form prior to this date.

All physical entries to be submitted in person at the Town Hall on registration day between 9am and 5pm on Wednesday 28 April 2021.

No items will be received before or after this date unless pre-arranged with the organisers, no exemptions.

Further information contact ACFAs ambassador Vivienne Williams:

Email | Phone: 0474 819 390  


Please complete the form below to enter the awards.

Fashion Award Entries

To enter the Fashion Awards please complete the details below form and include all entries.

Fashion Award Entries

Sponsor the ACFAs

The 2021 ACFA is a brand new experience and unique opportunity to promote your business to the Australian Celtic Fringe Festival visitors and Glen Innes Highlands locals. 

There are varied levels of Sponsorship available including ACFA Name Sponsor, Open Prize Winners and People’s Choice. We are also accepting in kind vouchers and donations to encourage and support our entrants.


2019 ACFA Entrants

Winner Molly Armstrong
Runner-up Kiri Steele
Student Winner- Brooke Wynne

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