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Celtic Heritage On Show
Held annually over the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend, the National Celtic Festival is a celebration of music and the passion of the Celtic spirit, attracting more than 15,000 people to Portarlington over the 4-days of the event.
The National Celtic Festival is a celebration of dance .....
..... music and much, much more.
The festival uses a range of venues within the town, including community halls and spaces, the hotel, restaurants, cafes and churches. Marquees are set up on the foreshore to provide additional venues including the Village Stage, Celtic Club, Wine Bar and Celtic Markets.
There's a Highland Cattle show .....
..... and a long list of artists performing at venues throughout Portarlington.
There'll be theatre and storytelling by the likes of Trail Of Tales, The Drunken Sailors and Bella The Bookworm.
The list of local and international performers seems endless and includes The Young Folk and Rosemary Jenkinson from Ireland, the Lumber Jills from Canada, Inyal and Feis Rois from Scotland along with locals The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Shona Williams & Phil Lester, The Cornerhouse Band and Mandy Connell.
Cultural and community groups will include the Victorian Pipers Association, Glenbrea Celtic Dancers, the Victorian Irish Dance Academy and the Celtic Piping Club.
There'll even be a Highland Cattle Show.
An on-line Weekend Adult Pass costs $190, a weekend Youth Pass (ages 15 to 17) $70, a weekend Student Concession Pass (for those with Student ID) $90 and a weekend Adult Concession (Pension, Health & Seniors Card holders) $180.
Children to 14 years of age are free when accompanied by an adult.
There are also ticket packages including entry to the festival and travel on Searoad (Sorrento to Queenscliff) and Port Phillip Ferries (Docklands to Portarlington. Check out the website for full details, timetables and pricing.
Don't miss the opportunity to take part in Australia's premier Celtic Festival over the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend Friday 7th to Monday 10th June.
Getting There …..
Portarlington is 104-Kilometres southwest of Melbourne, just over a 90-minute drive via the Princes Freeway/M1 and Portarlington Road/C123.
Get on down to Portarlington over the rapidly approaching Queen's Birthday Long Weekend for the National Celtic Festival.
Cost:Daily Adult tickets cost $110, Concession $100, Student Concession $60 and Youth $50. Children up to 14 years of age are free when accompanied by an adult. See the article for weekend ticket prices and package deals.