National Celtic Festival

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Scottish Dancing at the National Celtic Festival
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Celebrate your Irish, Scottish or Welsh heritage (or just come for the craic) at this four-day festival in Portarlington

Love all things Celtic? Portarlington's annual National Celtic Festival could be just the fleadh ceoil you are looking for. 

Now in its 16th year, the National Celtic Festival offers musicians, dance, theatre, literature readings, masterclasses and showcases across 14 stages. Acts including Irish folk sensations Altan, the Scottish Paul McKenna band, Siobhan Owen and the Tim Scanlan Trio are among those performing. 

Some 15,000 people come to see the festival each year at Portarlington, which is just a 90-minute drive from Melbourne. In addition to performances there are also food and drink stalls, a wine bar and the Celtic market, full of handicrafts and art from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

The festival makes use of numerous venues around town, but the focal point is the beautiful WG Little Reserve, right on the Portarlington foreshore.  


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