Celtic Festivals & Events - Australia

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Australia boasts an eclectic selection of Celtic festivals and events.

Perhaps the most unique is Kernewek Lowender, otherwise known as the Copper Coast Cornish Festival. This week-long festival, held every other year in May on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, is very likely the world’s largest Cornish festival outside Cornwall with 45,000 visitors. The festival Explores the region’s mining heritage and also features Cornish language lessons, history seminars, poetry and prose, brass bands, street markets, music, maypole dancing, a furry dance and a gathering of the bards.

There are also a number of festivals covering the broader Celtic spectrum.

The Australian Celtic Festival is held in New South Wales over four days at the beginning of May. While there are participants from all the Celtic nations, the event is themed for a different region each year. What is constant, however, is a wide range of activities, including concerts, bands, dancing, fashion shows, symposiums and workshops.

The State of Victoria hosts the National Celtic Festival over three days in June and is Australia’s premier Celtic folk festival, attracting some 16,000 people.

Links:

Kernewek Lowender                                     www.kernewek.org

Australian Celtic Festival                               https://www.australiancelticfestival.com/

National Celtic Festival                                   https://www.nationalcelticfestival.com