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Even if you are not Irish, don't miss this one
The Beechworth Celtic Festival will be held on 9th, 10th, and 11th November 2018. The event will be held in the central area of historic Beechworth. The unique cultures of many of the Celtic nations will be showcased on this weekend and it will be a weekend of fun and fabulous entertainment.
This will be 24th Beechworth Celtic Festival and some of the entertainment includes Celtic-themed entertainment, live music, workshops, theatre, dancing, comedy, markets and homemade produce, pipe bands and a street parade.
This fun event is put on by a committee, who present an event that appeals to many ages and is also culturally rich. Each year, they aim to bring some new festival features, while at the same time continuing with the popular favourites from previous festivals.
Summary of Program The weekend will begin on the Friday night with the Celtic Concert at the Old Gaol. There will also be activities at the Hotels and Brewery.
Saturday's entertainment will include pipe bands, Highland dancers, Irish dancers, folk bands, buskers and market stalls at various locations. These events will be both free admission, admission by gold coin or ticketed.
One of the new features for this year will be the Beechworth Arts Council's display of the Elements of Indigo Tartan weaving contest and a fashion parade.
Bands will carry out a march to the Old Gaol and this will start from the Police Paddocks.
There will be a total of about 18 bands, and musical performers playing at hotels, the Beechworth Bakery, the Brewery and other locations all day Saturday. There are also other music/bands on the Saturday night.
The great line up of performers is as follows:
Albury Pipe Band
City of Melbourne Pipe Band
Wangaratta Pipe Band
Watsonia Pipe Band
Ryan/ O'Shea Dancers
Scotts School, Albury
Wagga Wagga Pipe Band
Cathies Celtic Dancers
Balmoral Highland Dancing Society
Rich Davies/Low Road
Knot O the Gate
Friday 9th November
On Friday night, there will be a concert at the Old Gaol commencing at 7.30 pm. The concert will feature Irish born, Australian winner of the 2006 Australian Idol, Damien Leith, with Eric Bogle, Claymore, and their bands. This concert will go for over 3 hours, and each person will be performing individually with their band. At the end, they will all join together for a huge finale!
Meals are available at several venues from 5.00 pm onwards and it is recommended that you make a booking for these.
Saturday 10th November
During Saturday, there will be music and dancing in the local hotels, the Bridge Road Brewery, Beechworth Bakery, the Heritage Precinct, and Queen Victoria Park.
This will be a festivity of Celtic origins and will be portrayed through music, play and dance. It will feature visiting performers, as well as some of Beechworth's own incredibly talented people. There are 12 musical groups in all across this range of venues.
From 9.00 am to 3.30 pm, The Rotary Club Celtic Market and Scots on the Rock music will be on at Queen Victoria Park
The Market will have something for everyone with food, traditional crafts, jewellery and face painting.
The Beechworth Arts Council is running the Elements of Indigo Tartan design and weaving contest. Those entered will give designs and woven materials for display at the Old Town Hall. Then those judged as finalists will feature in a fashion parade, after which the ultimate winner will be chosen at 11.00 am. Entry to this is by donation, or via your Saturday tickets.
Balmoral Dancing - these dancers will again hold their Highland Dance competition in the Town Hall Gardens from 10.30 am. You can watch these young performers dance in this statewide points competition.
The Heritage Precinct Tours will be on all day, and the Burke Museum and Old Gaol will be open all day. Tickets will be available at the respective locations.
Old Beechworth Gaol Tattoo will be on from 7.30 pm till 9.30 pm. This will be a stunning two hours of music and dance along the lines of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. It will be on in the exercise yard of the Old Beechworth Gaol. There will be about 200 performers who will be remembering World War One, and celebrating Armistice day on the 11th November 1918.
There will be massed pipes and drums played by people from Scots School Albury, Albury-Wodonga, Wangaratta, Wagga Wagga, Watsonia and City of Melbourne bands. These will also be joined by Highland and Irish dancers.