Changes to Celtic Festival
Celtic Festival to add star power to new fixture
BEECHWORTH Celtic Festival will feature a number of new activities in 2018, but will also include the tried and true activities that have proven popular in past years.
A new Friday night feature will be the Celtic Concert Spectacular at the Old Beechworth Gaol featuring Damien Leith, winner of the 2006 ‘Australian Idol’, Eric Bogle and Claymore in a three hour concert.
The concert will begin at 7.30pm, but interested attendees should arrive before 7pm, food venues and the Gaol will have food on from 5.30pm to fit this time frame.
Saturday will kick off with the popular Beechworth Rotary Market which will run from 9.00am to 3.30pm at Queen Victoria Park.
A new initiative is the Beechworth Arts Council design and display project with an ambitious art-to-artwear transformation project as one of the keys to its third ‘Spring Arts’ program, which is to run from October 26 to November 25 this year.
Arts Council president Jamie Kronborg said the project had been inspired by traditions of cultural ‘badging’, where particular forms and styles of clothing throughout history have evolved to identify a people’s tribe, clan, community, place, culture and even country.
“Following an approach from the Beechworth Celtic Festival we’ve come up with and developed the concept in such a way that participating artists will be inspired to tease apart the idea and tradition of tartan and re-work it in a highly contemporary way to identify the communities of Indigo,” Kronborg said.
Saturday’s entertainment will include Pipe Bands, Highland dancers, Irish dancers and Folk Bands and Buskers at various locations with free admission or gold coin donation.
The Balmoral Highland Dance competition will be held in the Town Hall Gardens from 10.00am to 3pm, while the Pipe Bands will play in the Police Paddocks from about 1pm before a massed Bands March to the Old Gaol for a rehearsal for the highlight ‘Beechworth Old Gaol Tattoo’.
The Tattoo will be held within the walls of the Old Beechworth Gaol in Williams Street from 7.30pm on the Saturday night which is a ticketed event.
This year the theme is ‘The Battle’s Over – Music of the Great War’ and is a commemorative tribute to the end of the First World War, those who served and those who supported them with the importance of this is that the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day to be held the following day at the cenotaph.
“Our 2018 tattoo will be a moving tribute to the soldiers from the north-easy who served in World War, their community and the music that audiences around the world continue to enjoy combined with modern sound and lighting effects,” Tattoo producer Chris Earl said.
Pipe Bands performing at the tattoo will be Scots School Albury, City of Melbourne, Watsonia, Albury Wodonga, Wangaratta and Wagga Wagga joined this year by a large local cast including the Beechworth Singers and Beechworth Dancing and featuring accomplished Scottishborn opera tenor John Carlo Bellotti and The String Family.
Entertainers include Rich Davies/Low Road, The McGillicuddies, Knot O the Gate, Bhantre, Eric Purdie, Adrian O’Rourke, Ellis Crean, Eddie Lewis, Stu Tyrell, String Family, Brigalong and Sugar Tree which will be held around the town over the weekend.
The Mandala Youth Project and the Beechworth Music Festival youth performers will also appear in the Police Paddocks from 10.30am on Sunday.
“We have tried to bring in some new events as well as including popular events from the past; we have reintroduced a Massed Bands March which we didn’t have last year as well as the new Friday night concert and believe both of these events will prove popular,” Chairman of the Celtic Committee, John Costello said.
“The committee is also seeking volunteers for the weekend as well as residents wishing to assist the committee with accommodation for performers.”
Information relating to the Festival including further details on all activities, where people can assist and tickets sales is available via the Festival website www.beechworthcelticfestival.com.au.”
RETURNING: The Tattoo will pay homage to Armistice Day this year.