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Come and see this Celtic festival with a lot to do and see
Australia's premier Celtic Folk Festival attracts about 16,000 plus people each year. This is a three day long weekend event each June.

The National Celtic Festival, Australia's largest and most diverse celebration of Celtic music, arts and culture will hold this function from 7th to 10th June 2019. It will be held in beautiful Portarlington, on the Northern Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria.

The days will be full of events and activities and the nights will be lively with music, dance, art, poetry, cuisine, and even Gaelic languages.

Enjoy the performances or be a part of the festivities by joining in one of the many workshops on offer, anything from limerick writing to bagpipe playing!

Some of the artists appearing include the following:

* Young Folk
This group is from Dublin, Ireland and some of their music is folky as well as self-written alt-folk-pop.

They have spent the last couple of years touring the world and released an album in 2017.

* Colin Lille
It's been a long road for Colin Lille to get where he is now. He migrated to Australia, grabbed a guitar, and devoted his life to music.

At the time he was in the Northern Territory, where he began a journey to create music. He has now worked alongside some of Australia's best artists and will appear at this festival.

* Rosemary Jenkinson
Rosemary Jenkinson was born in Belfast and has won awards as a playwright and short story writer.

She has won many general artists' awards from the ACNI and this year she has been awarded Artist-in-Residence at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.

* Duncan Chisholm
Duncan is from Scotland and is one of the most accomplished and authentic performers of traditional Highland fiddle music. His music is elegant, trancelike and tender, laced with strokes of genius." Duncan Chisholm was awarded Composer of the Year in 2018 at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards ceremony.

* National Highland Cattle Show
For centuries the Highland breed lived in the rugged remote Scottish Highlands. The conditions were extremely harsh and therefore only the fittest and most adaptable animals survived to carry on the breed.

The Australian Highland Cattle Society, in conjunction with the National Celtic Festival, will be hosting the National Highland Cattle Show on Sunday the 9th June. There will be 60 cows and calves on site, and it will be judged by an international adjudicator from Scotland.

You can see the full line up at this website.

This event is an easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne. The town of Portarlington is an ideal location for the festival and showcases the region. It is actually nestled between the Bellarine Peninsula's vineyards and the renown mussel farms of Corio Bay. It is usually a quiet bayside village and each June it comes to life with the music, laughter and the strong passion of the Celtic spirit.

The program offers a diverse range of art forms, along with the many translations of Celtic and Folk culture within the Australian setting.

The festival caters for all age groups, and families can relax and experience the depth of Celtic culture through the festival's culturally diverse arts program.

You can get your tickets at this link. Children up to the age of 14 years are FREE howeever, they must be accompanied by an adult.
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Why? For a wonderful Celtic festival
When: 7th to 10th June 2019
Where: Portarlington
Cost: Varies, see article
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