Changes to Celtic Fes­ti­val

Celtic Fes­ti­val to add star power to new fix­ture

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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.

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