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.
Friday 9th November
CELTIC SPECTACULAR CONCERT
On Friday night, there will also be a concert at the Old Gaol commencing at 7.30pm. The concert will feature Irish born and naturalised Australian winner of the 2006 'Australian Idol' Damien Leith, Eric Bogle and Claymore and their bands over a 3 hour timeframe. Each will perform individually then combine for a massive finale.
Meals are available at numerous venues from 5.00pm onwards but think about booking a table.
Tickets to the Celtic Concert are available now.
The Hotels will also feature music and meals on Friday night. Beechworth also has a range of other food venues open of the Friday night.
Saturday 10th November
DURING THE DAY
We are only proposing to close Williams Street this year to facilitate activities between the Beechworth Heritage Precinct and the Old Beechworth Gaol.
During Saturday, there will be a range of music and dancing in our hotels, the Bridge Road Brewery, Beechworth Bakery, the Heritage Precinct and Queen Victoria Park. 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. There are 12 musical groups across this range of venues. The Rotary Club Celtic Market and 'Scots on the Rock' music at Queen Victoria Park will entertain from 9.00am - 3.30pm.
The Market offers something for everyone with food, traditional crafts, jewellery and face painting. The Beechworth Arts Council is running an “Elements of Indigo” Tartan design and weaving contest where contestants will provide designs and woven materials for display at the Old Town Hall. Finalists will feature in a Fashion Parade and announcement of an ultimate winner at 11.00am on Saturday. Entry by donation or via Saturday tickets.
Arts Council Exhibition
Allied to this is an 'Indigo Schools Design Competition' where students will provide clothing designs on figures that will be displayed in participating commercial premises in the lead up to the festival. For information see www.beechworthartscouncil.org.au.
The Balmoral Dancers will again hold their Highland Dance competition in the Town Hall Gardens from 10.30am. Come and watch the young performers strive to win this state wide points competition.
Enquiries to www.balmoralhighlanddancing.com.au.
The Heritage Precinct Tours
The Heritage Precinct Tours and admission to the Burke Museum and Old Gaol will operate all day long with tickets available at those locations.
Old Beechworth Goal Tattoo
7.30pm - 9.30pm
A spectacular 2 hours of majesty, music and dance in the traditions of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo presented in the exercise yard of the Old Beechworth Gaol and featuring 200 performers remembering World War One and celebrating Armistice day on the 11th November 1918.
Join the massed pipes and drums comprising players from Scots School Albury, Albury-Wodonga, Wangaratta, Wagga Wagga, Watsonia and City of Melbourne bands will be joined by Highland and Irish dancers.
The Tattoo will feature a tribute to families whose members served in WWI and celebrate the end of the conflict.
Note: Bookings Essential - Sold out in 2017.
Also Note: Food outlets in town are taking meal bookings from 5.00pm to 7.00pm for those wishing to have a meal before attending the Tattoo.
For those not attending the Tattoo or wanting to continue their enjoyment after the Tattoo there is music and meals at all hotels and the Bridge Road Brewery. Meals will continue after the early sittings with music continuing until late in the night.