New events added to pop­u­lar fes­ti­val

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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.

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