Special Events 2016
The Beechworth Celtic Festival will showcase a tremendous array of talent from around the world. The unique cultures of many Celtic nations are celebrated on this weekend full of fun and entertainment.
Celtic Dinner – Friday 4th November
On Friday night, 4th November 2016, the festival opens with the Gala Celtic Dinner. To be immersed in a traditional Highland evening will touch every drop of Celtic blood in your veins. This year, the Gala Celtic Dinner will be held in the historic Concert Hall at The Old Priory, Beechworth. & the buildings were established as a convent & school in 1887 by 4 Irish Brigandine nuns. Intricate turn of the century architecture has been restored and preserved, yielding a fascinating venue with a well-spring of Beechworth history.
The Old Priory reception will open at 6:30pm, & with full bar facilities you are invited to get into the festive Celtic spirit with drinks available in the beautiful gardens. The entertainment will commence with the Haggis Ceremony at 6:30pm, featuring the traditional piping in, followed by Robert Burns Ode to the Haggis in broad Scottish brogue. The Celtic feast will then commence at 7:30pm & will consist of three courses of hearty fare.
You will be entertained in true Celtic style throughout the evening, with a range of performances from pipers, musicians & Irish dancers, performing exclusively to those attending. The Gala Auction is always good fun, and, with the Luck of the Irish behind you, you may even score a win with one of the raffles or door prizes!
Seating is limited and ticket sales will close at COB Friday 28th October 2016, so we suggest you pre-book your tickets for this event. Contact the Old Priory on 03 5728 1024 to book your ticket.
Memorial Hall Events – Saturday 5th November, 2016 as per program
On Saturday, 5th November 2016, there will be a range of music and dancing in the Memorial hall from 11.00am to 7.00pm. This will replace the street stage as there will be no street closures this year.
It will be a celebration of our Celtic origins through music, play and dance, and will feature visiting performers as well as some of Beechworth’s own remarkable talents.
Pipers, Highland & Irish dancers & buskers will perform at the various venues throughout the weekend. A wide variety of Celtic market stalls, normal market stalls & food vendors will add to the fun. The historic hotels & halls of Beechworth will host ticketed live entertainment, workshops, music and dancing. To be sure you don’t miss a thing, purchase a ticket on arrival.