The National Celtic Festival

The National Celtic Festival

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Venue Guide

FESTIVAL VENUES

Cosy and heated, the festival’s venues are all within easy walking distance. There’s a great pub with open fires, the Wine Bar, Celtic Club, a heritage restaurant, historic churches and more. You can even enjoy performances from a variety of Celtic acts while sailing across the bay on the majestic tall ship The Enterprize.

CELTIC CLUB
The Celtic Club is the place to meet up with friends and catch some high-energy performances over the weekend. With a great dance space and Guinness, Kilkenny and Cider on tap it’s the ultimate ‘Club’ venue! It’s the place for a ‘craicing’ good time.

CELTIC CAFÉ @ THE FESTIVAL
Feeling hungry and want some wholesome yummy food to keep you going? Look no further than the Celtic Café, located between the Wine Bar and Parks Hall. Serving breakfasts, pies, curries, soups and great coffee all festival long.

PARKS HALL
A large, concert style venue, featuring some truly great performances across the weekend. Parks Hall is a venue that lets you settle in and be completely absorbed by the music. Across the weekend there will be feature concerts and on Sunday the floor will be cleared for the Festival Ceilidh Dance.

WINE BAR
The Wine Bar, as the name suggests, is the place to sit back and enjoy a glass of local wine and some wonderful Celtic music. Make sure you get a table with friends for some great feature concerts.

VILLAGE STAGE
The Village Stage is open for all! A free venue offering a ‘taste of the festival’ featuring many aspects of the main program. Around lunchtime you will also be able to enjoy a glass of local wine in the venue. Everyone is welcome and if don’t have a festival ticket just drop a gold coin in the bucket and wander in.

ST ANDREW’S HALL
A range of workshops, featuring a variety of dance styles across the weekend.

ST ANDREW’S CHURCH
St Andrew’s Church will host small group workshops catering for a broad range of interests and needs.

ST JOHN’S CHURCH
St John’s Church provides an opportunity to enjoy some intimate performances and workshops, including two entertaining ‘Celtic Shows.

ST PATRICK’S HALL
On the hill top of Harding street this little hall has tons of character and is the perfect venue to sneak away to …. bring your dancing shoes, voices or instruments though !

THE CLUB ROOM
The Senior Citizens of Portarlington welcome you to their Club Room. Here you will be able to enjoy some wonderful concerts and a “good old fashioned” afternoon tea offered by the Portarlington Senior Citizens. As well as some great concerts the Club Room will host ‘Trad Talk’ and our popular ‘In Conversation’ with some of your favorite festival artists.

PORTARLINGTON NEGHBOURHOOD HOUSE
The Neighbourhood House is already known for its wonderful welcome and community feel, and now welcomes the festival through its doors.

BENDIGO BANK COMMUNITY ROOM
The Community Room offers some specialised small group workshops. So if you are interested in learning the finer points of the tin whistle, writing, piping join us in the Community Room.

UPSTAIRS @ THE GRAND
Portarlington’s iconic Grand Hotel is where you will find some great sessions as well as the Blackboard Concerts. So wander up the stairs to find the Session Bar and the Lounge. This is a great program, so be sure to check it out.

SESSION BARS
Looking for a great session? Sessions will be happening over the weekend, so keep your ear to the ground! The Grand Hotel with its open fires and cozy front bar is the ideal spot for some mighty sessions over the weekend. Or check out the sessions that  will get going in the Village stage bar this coming year !

PORTARLINGTON BAND ROTUNDA

This wonderful historic feature of Portarlington has a history of hosting bands and this year it will again rekindle that spirit to host some unique festival performances. Across the weekend pipers, drummers and singers will be performing in the Rotunda, welcoming all to this year’s festival. The Rotunda will again be the starting point for The Gathering, which sees singers and musicians form a twilight procession that weaves its way through the festival site to various concerts. Not to be missed !