New events added to popular festival
THIS year’s Beechworth Celtic Festival will see a number of new activities added to a program of tried and true favourites.
Celtic Committee chairman John Costello said organisers had made an effort to introduce new events to the annual festival.
“We have reintroduced a massed bands march which we didn’t have last year as well as a new Friday night concert and believe both of these events will prove popular,” he said.
“Tickets to the ticketed events have been selling well since being released a month ago.”
The new Celtic Concert Spectacular at the Old Beechworth Gaol will feature Damien Leith, winner of the Australian Idol in 2006, Eric Bogle and Claymore who will all perform over a three hour timeframe.
With the concert starting at 7.30pm patrons are encouraged to meet early at their chosen food venue for dinner prior to gathering at the Old Gaol by 7pm.
Saturday will kick off with the popular Beechworth Rotary Market which will run from 9am to 3.30pm at Queen Victoria Park where there’ll of course be music and dance.
A new initiative is Beechworth Arts Council’s design and display project, an ambitious art-to-artwear transformation competition, one of the keys to its third Spring Arts program, which will run from October 26 to November 25.
The project has 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.
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.
This year’s ‘Tattoo’ theme is ‘The Battle’s Over – Music of the Great War’, and is a commemorative tribute to the end of the First World War, one day before the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
Sunday will see a family stage in the Police Paddocks from 10.30am featuring performers and music with a break to be had at 11am for the Armistice Day remembrance celebration at the Cenotaph in the Town Hall Gardens.
Off the bill in 2018 is the long standing Celtic Dinner at the Old Beechworth Priory.
With The Becchworth Celtic Festival just a month away, Mr Costello said the committee was on the lookout for helpers.
“We’re seeking volunteers for the weekend as well as residents wishing to assist the committee with accommodation for performers,” he said.
Information for interested helpers or for full details on festival activities and tickets visit www.beechworthcelticfestival.com.au.
CELTIC EXPERIENCE: Beechworth will once again be filled with kilts and bagpipes during the town’s annual Celtic Festival next month.