Visitors and performers flock to Glen Innes in the heart of “Celtic Country” for the annual Australian Celtic Festival held the first weekend in May.
Spread over 4 days, highlights include music and dance at multiple stages and venues, displays and workshops, storytelling and poetry, clan gatherings, a huge parade through Glen Innes’ heritage main street, strongmen, living history displays, massed bands, traditional kirking of the tartans, Celtic yard dog trials, fun run and walk, Celtic stalls, food and more.
The Australian Standing Stones, overlooking the rural township of Glen Innes, were originally developed as a meeting place for the Celtic Clans and Associations of Australia to gather and celebrate their Celtic history. The Standing Stones are located in Centennial Park, the primary venue of the Australian Celtic Festival. A number of activities, including the parade, and some evening events take place at other venues around the town.
Saturday 30 April
9:00am Parade, Grey St, Glen Innes
10:00am Massed Bands, Town Hall Square, Glen Innes
4:30pm Massed Bands, Stone Circle, Australian Standing Stones
6:00pm Performance, Sapphire Stage, Australian Standing Stones
7:30pm Performance, The Club Hotel, Glen Innes
Sunday 1 May
9:00am Performance, Stone Circle, Australian Standing Stones
12:30pm Massed Bands, Stone Circle, Australian Standing Stones