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Saturday 26 March

Warwick Showgrounds 8am - 10pm 

Saturday Highlights

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LIVE CELTIC MUSIC

Throughout the day and into the night, the CelticFest Centre Stage will offer musical delights including a fiddle group, choir, folk singers, Irish bands, and more. Irish rockers The Gathering are confirmed as headliners for an evening of ‘rock on’ Irish music, supported by Limerick and The Shamrock Dancers, and the Moreton Celtic Fiddle Group. A massed pipe bands will kick off the night’s festivities, and Celtic beverages such as Guinness and Kilkenny will be available from the bar.

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PIPE BANDS

Thrill to the skirl of the bagpipes at CelticFest Warwick, as pipe bands from around Queensland and northern NSW join the local Warwick Thistle Pipe Band in a battle of the bands! There’ll be tunes for every taste, as the bands play a selection of traditional favourites such as Highland Cathedral and Amazing Grace, alongside jigs, reels, and more contemporary offerings. Outlander fans may even spot a version or two of the evocative Skye Boat Song.

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HIGHLAND GAMES

Warwick will host the best of the Australian professional strong men and women, when they compete at the CelticFest 2022 Highland Games heavy events on Saturday, March 26, organized by Highland Muscle.

Watch amazing feats of strength, as competitors are put through their paces in events such as the 100kg Stone Lift, Keg Toss, Farmer’s Walk, Weight Over the Bar, and the crowd favourite, the Caber Toss! Novice competitors will also be able to try their hand.

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HIGHLAND DANCING

No gathering would be complete without a Highland Dancing competition! CelticFest delivery partner Inverness Highland Dance Studio will hold its biennial IHDS Competition and Titles at the festival, a competition which consistently attracts over 100 competitors. Watch dancers young and old weave gracefully around the stage, performing sword dances and hornpipes (among others), as judges watch them closely for timing, technique, artistry and ability.

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MEDIEVAL VILLAGE

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the medieval village, which will take festival-goers back to the days of the middle ages. Watch experienced fight demonstrations, as knights battle it out for the honour of their fair ladies in safe but fun displays. Marvel at the authentic garbs and beautiful dresses, savour the delicious aromas of medieval food, wonder at the skill of the artisans, and take a selfie with a ‘Jacobite’ or a ‘Viking’.

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CLANS & GENEALOGY

For those who are keen to learn more about their Celtic heritage, the clans and genealogists will gather to share their knowledge. Celtic clans and societies bring with them an array of traditions and histories,

and their colourful array of tartans will add to the atmosphere and spirit of CelticFest. Take this opportunity to learn more about your Celtic past and ancestors!

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Get your tickets now for the bringing together of ‘All Things Celtic’ at the Celtic Gathering in the Warwick Showgrounds on Saturday 26 March!

‘Paint me a Picture’ of Saturday’s Celtic Gathering…..

See you at Warwick Showgrounds all day and into the evening on Saturday 26 March where you can choose a favourite Celtic pursuit in which you can immerse yourself, or wander the grounds to take it all in…….

Thrill to the skirl of the bagpipes, watch brawny men tossing the caber or lifting the 100kg stone in the Highland Games competition, and then take in the graceful performances of the Highland and Irish dancers.

Soak up the atmosphere of the medieval village where knights will battle it out for the honour of their fair ladies, while medieval life is recreated for you at each encampment.

Stroll through the Celtic-themed markets and be drawn to displays of lost trades such as blacksmithing, and of Celtic creatures, including the always cute ‘Highland coos’ and majestic Clydesdale horses.

For those who are keen to learn more about their Celtic heritage, the clans and genealogists will gather to share their knowledge.

Across the day and into the night, Celtic Centre Stage will offer musical delights including a fiddle group, Irish bands, choir and more.

Having worked up an appetite, there’ll be plenty of food and drink available, with some Celtic-themed menu items ready for you to give the taste test including the infamous Haggis!

A Celtic Parade with clans, medieval groups and pipe bands will close the afternoon’s events with what is sure to be one of the largest massed bands gatherings of the year, with the powerful sound of over 200 pipers and drummers echoing around the arena.

Festival-goers should then prepare to be captivated by a CelticFire performance and enjoy an evening of ‘rock on’ Irish music, good food and Celtic beverages from the bar.