Latest News 2017-03-25T09:15:08+00:00

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The 2017 25th Anniversary Australian Celtic Festival celebrating Ireland Committee are delighted to announce the inaugural Australian Celtic Fashion Awards.

The awards are designed to showcase talented fashion designers who have an interest in Celtic Fashions.
This year the competition will focus on Tartan Evening wear. Designers are encouraged to produce gowns or suits that feature tartan colours and show off their creativeness with Celtic fashion.

There are monetary prizes to be won for first and second place as well as a special award for students. As the first year of the Australian Celtic Fashion Awards, we are looking forward to seeing what designers can create. All the information, including guidelines and the application form are available on the website.

This is an exciting 25th Anniversary Festival initiative and we look forward to your entry.

Application Form & Guidelines
Celtic Fun Run


The winning couple of the “Tie The Knot – Celtic Style” competition has been chosen from the field of entries received by the Australian Celtic Festival.

The chosen couple is Melbourne based Caitlin Wilton and Jason Nicholson, whose entry embraced the spirit of the occasion by planning many traditional Celtic rituals and traditions. The wedding will take place at 11.00am on Saturday, 6 May within the Australian Standing Stones.

Festival committee chairperson, Lara Gresham, said the committee was delighted with the response to this unique event for the second year in a row.

“We were excited by the effort all the entrants have put into designing their dream Celtic wedding. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who entered,” said Lara.

The Celtic people roamed Europe and the British Isles, taking their traditions and rituals with them and teaching others in their paths as they travelled. The Celts were strong, loyal and brave, and indeed a very romantic people who had a very deep sense of passion and magic. Amongst other rituals, the couple have chosen to include a Celtic hand-fasting.

Jason has a love for medieval re-enactment, which will be incorporated into the ceremony with the couple’s outfits. They would like the rings to be presented on a sword but flying restrictions prevent them from bringing a sword with them. “We would like any festival goer that may have a sword to assist us on the day,” said Caitlin and Jason.

The couple have been engaged for five (5) years, and now are keen to get married in this unique setting. Due to the limited number of family and friends that can travel for the event, they welcome Celtic Festival visitors to be guests at their wedding ceremony. “We are keen for festival goers to come and be a part of it,” said Caitlin.

Newcastle and Hunter based celebrant, Julie Muir, who is Irish and Welsh herself, will perform the marriage ceremony. “I was delighted to be chosen as the celebrant for this occasion. It’s not often I get to celebrate my own Celtic roots in such a special way. I am really looking forward to it. Maybe this could be my niche!” said Julie.

Notice for Performers

Requested 2017 accommodation will be confirmed in the first week of April by the Festival office. All the information you require including the site map will be available on the website in the near future while the program and schedule has any other information you will need .The 2017 Festival car and entry passes will be available from the Festival office at the Glen Innes Visitor Information Center, 152 Church Street. Pre purchase of all other tickets at is strongly recommended.

The 2017 Clan Sites

The 2017 clan sites will be situated as per the 2016 Festival on the perimeter of the Standing Stones Circle. Each Clan will receive 5 Festival passes and one car pass which will be given out following the 2017 Site induction by the Site manager on Friday 5th May. All additional Festival passes and tickets may be purchased online here

Glen Innes Opportunity Shop

The Glen Innes Opportunity Shop will be open at 8am -12.30 on Saturday 6th May for the 2017 25th Anniversary Festival. This is a wonderful “opportunity” to enjoy the amazing treasures on offer at the Glen Innes store. It is conveniently located in Lang Street opposite the Glen Innes & District Services Club. The Glen Innes Opportunity shop is manned by a hardworking volunteer Committee with a long and proud history of financial support to the Glen Innes community. We know you too will find many wonderful treasure in this shop.

The Land of the Beardies Museum & Research Centre

  • Open longer hours, 9 to 4pm from Monday May 1 to May 8 inclusive.

  • Have an Irish Research Resources booklet for sale.

  • Providing Celtic food for morning and afternoon teas.

  • There will be a special display of Irish handwork.

  • There will be updated displays in the Celtic Room and round the museum

  • We will have our usual special occasion, on the Thursday night 4th May, from 5pm.

  • This year an Irish Night, with Irish food and Irish entertainment. Cost $20, numbers limited.

Bookings for this only through the Museum.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 02 67 32 1035

Glen Innes Services Club – Celtic Festival Events 2017

Friday 5th May 2017

FREE Entertainment from 7.30pm – Murphy’s Pigs
Traditional Haggis Toasting Ceremony at 6.45pm
Hot Carvery (optional) will operate in the Remembrance Room from 6pm, Main Meal & Dessert
Adults $15 and Children $8 per head – Pay at the door – Cash Only
(Crystal Room Restaurant will also be open)

Saturday 6th May 2017

Glen Innes Celtic Classic – Glen Innes Golf Club
Green Fees $16 per person.
Prizes will be awarded at a special presentation after the game.
Kilts may be worn.
All visiting guests wishing to play in the Celtic Classic must contact the Glen Innes Golf Club directly on 6732 1555 to book tee off times with Golf Club Supervisor.

Saturday 6th May 2017

The Official Australian Celtic Awards Night – 6.30pm
Presentation of the Australian Celtic Music Awards, Triqutera Awards, Celtic Roll of Honour and Australian Celtic Dance Championships MC and Live Entertainment by Darren Coggan
Special Guest Artists – The String Family
Tickets $40 per head – Available from the Glen Innes Services Club Call 6732 1355 to book your tickets

Sunday 7th May 2017

FREE Entertainment from 7.30pm – Claymore
Hot Carvery (optional) will operate in the Remembrance Room from 6pm, Main Meal and Dessert
Adults $15 and Children $8 per head – Pay at the door – Cash Only
(Crystal Room Restaurant will also be open)

2017 Festival tickets

2017 Festival tickets and passes will open 1st December 2016 at and All bookings will be ONLINE only for the 2017 Festival and no tickets will be posted.


The Committee Reserves the right to modify or adjust the final entertainment schedule for the Festival.

Video Credit: The Glen Innes Examiner

Kilts, Celts & Standing Stones

Steve Passfield (36th CMAA Instrumentalist of the Year) & award winning songwriter Kathryn Jones were recently acknowledged at the Australian Celtic Music – Triquetra Awards held during the Australian Celtic Festival in Glen Innes. Passfield, a seasoned musician/producer was gracious in his acceptance of the Triquetra Ambassador Award.

With tours to Europe, Germany and most recently New Caledonia for St Patrick’s celebrations, Steve is a perfect recipient of this coveted award, which pays honour to those who carry on the Celtic tradition through music, dance or performance by actively weaving it into the fabric of modern Australian society. Steve was stuck for words for once: “Wow, I can hardly speak, this is such an honour” as He delivered His acceptance speech on stage to a packed Glen Innes Services Club.

Hometown boy Darren Coggan MC’d the night and shook Steve’s hand in congratulations.

He also received the gong for “Celtic Producer of the Year” in the Australian Celtic Music Awards with the infectious album he produced for Northern Rivers songwriter Kathryn Jones.

Jones embraced the luck of the Irish on the night as she joyously accepted the Wendy Watts Best New Celtic Talent Award.

Although Jones has been moving in the Australian country music scene she says: “We always believed in the European songs, some call them “Gypsy” from the album Lil Gypsy, and wanted to share them with different audiences. I am so very grateful they’ve found a home in the Australian Celtic community”.

Steve wrote the nominated song Gypsy on the Wrong Side of the World for the album, after discovering Kathryn’s European roots and her restless gypsy soul. She really is a Gypsy influenced by those Celts who moved east to places like Romania & Turkey.

Only a few months ago, In January, the two homegrown Macleay Valley musicians were awarded the Australian Country Music People’s Choice Award for Best Vocal/Music Event as well as receiving a Brumby Award for Best Collaboration at the 2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Jones was also a 3 times finalist in the Tamworth Songwriters Associations TSA Awards during the festival.

With appearances coming up at Ballina Coastal Festival, Slim Dusty in Kempsey, Norma O’Hara- Murphy’s Bony Mountain Folk Festival & the Texas Roundup the pair are looking forward to taking there musical melting pot far and wide.

The song “Gypsy on the Wrong Side of The World” is on CRS 185, Track 14

2016 Australian Celtic Music Awards winners

Back row – Murphy’s Pigs, Darren Coggan, Kathryn Jones, Carmel Newman, Col Lute (2016 Celtic Roll of Honour Inductee) Sarah Lynn Front row – Karen Armstrong (Representing Celtic Dance Winners), Steve Passfield (2016 Triquetra Ambassador recipient), Raelene Watson (2016 Triquetra recipient), Fay Binns (2016 Triquetra Achiever recipient)

2017 Year of Ireland
Flags of the Celtic Nations