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Sunday 30 September 2023
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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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