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The Old Gaol Highland Tattoo
Once again, the hills around Beechworth in north-eastern Victoria are set to ring to the skirl of the bagpipes with the annual Beechworth Celtic Festival, which will be staged over 3-days from Friday 10th to Sunday 11th November.
Heralded by the skirl of the bagpipes the 2017 Beechworth Celtic Festival will stage its first ever Tattoo in the grounds of Old Beechworth Gaol. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
This year promises something a bit different with bands performing within the walls of the Old Beechworth Gaol and a program that includes the Festivals first Tattoo – the Old Gaol Tattoo. The festival showcases performers from around the country and includes Pipe Bands, Highland Dancers, Irish Dancers and Folk Bands.
The Old Gaol Tattoo will be presented on Saturday evening, a 90-minute spectacular in the style of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo featuring 200 musicians and dancers performing in the Old Gaol exercise yard and celebrating the legends, traditions and heroes of the northeast. The event, staged on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the World War 1 Armistice, will present a stirring finale paying tribute to all who've served their country.
General Admission tickets for the Festival start from $20 per person or $40 a family but do not include admission to the Tattoo, Gala Dinner or the Barry Versus Kelly dramatisation.
Historic Beechworth comes alive with Celtic music and dance over the weekend Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
A Gala Celtic Dinner will be held on the Friday night in the historic concert hall at The Old Priory. Reception commences at 6 PM with full bar facilities and drinks available in the gardens.
The Haggis will be piped in at 6.30 PM, accompanied by a rendition of Robbie Burns Ode To The Haggis, and a 3-course dinner will be served from 7 PM.
A musical production, Barry Versus Kelly, will be staged on Saturday dramatising the trial and execution of Ned Kelly. Two shows will be presented, the first at 2 PM and the second at 4.30 PM.
Massed bands will perform during the Tattoo and individual bands will be on show in Queen Victoria Park during the annual Rotary Market on Saturday. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
NOTE: The Tattoo, Celtic Dinner and Barry Versus Kelly are all ticketed events. Admission is not included in the cost of Festival General Admission tickets.
The annual Rotary Market will be held in the nearby Queen Victoria Park on Saturday and there will be displays by some of the pipe bands.
If there's even a hint of a drop of Celtic blood coursing through your veins you need to be in Beechworth for the annual Celtic Festival running from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November. No self-respecting Celt would be anywhere else.
All roads lead to Beechworth for the annual Celtic Festival commencing Friday 10th November and continuing until Sunday 12th November. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Cost:General admission tickets for the Festival start at $20 per person or $40 per family but do not include admission to the Tattoo, the Gala Dinner or the Barry Verses Kelly dramatisation. For a full and comprehensive list of ticketing options and cost