AND OFFICIAL OPENING
SMOKING CEREMORY AND OFFICIAL WELCOME
LIGHTING OF THE HEARTH
Gather for the ritualistic Lighting of the Hearth Fire where we will make and mark our place of gathering and ceremony. Wadawurrung elder Uncle Bryon Powell will Welcome us to Country and perform a Smoking Ceremony, taking fire from the Festival hearth-fire. During this time we will begin the process of creating Clooties (cloths) that will be imbued with our hopes over the festival weekend.
Join us for the Lighting of the Hearth as we warm up our spirits for an amazing festival experience.
Fri: 7:00PM Village Hub / Fire Hearth THEN MOVE TO PARKS HALL FOR FESTIVAL OPENING.
Air Iomall – On the Edge
Premiere - from Scottish duo Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach, and Filmmaker Hamish MacLeod, Air Iomall is a film and suite of new music, inspired by now uninhabited islands deep in the North Atlantic- some of Scotland’s most remote, and remarkable places. Travelled aboard the Dutch tall ship Wylde Swan, the duo visited and wrote music inspired by the histories, people, and landscapes of these mysterious, wild places. The film documents the experience, providing a visually stunning, sensitive insight in to these under-documented and enigmatic landscapes. It culminates with a concert of their new music on St Kilda- the most remote part of the UK, on the 88th anniversary of the evacuation of its native population. The project was supported by Help Musicians UK and Creative Scotland.
Saturday 3.15 Parks Hall
National Highland Cattle Show
The Australian Highland Cattle Society, in partnership with the National Celtic Festival, is hosting the National Highland Cattle Show on Sunday the 9th of June. These passionate breeders will be presenting their finest cows, with 60 cows and calves on site at the Portarlington Recreational Reserve over the weekend. Judging the competition will be international adjudicator from Scotland, Stuart Campbell (Herdsman, Cladich Fold, Scotland). Preparations for showing will begin on Saturday with the competition taking place on Sunday. So, take a walk or catch the Shuttle Bus down to the Portarlington Recreational Reserve (opposite the Bellarine Bayside Caravan Park) and see how these beautiful animals scrub up for the show!
Sat & Sun: Portarlington Recreation Reserve – entrance off Boat Road.
MAY THE ROAD RISE UP - C21 Theatre
Written by Rosemary Jenkinson & directed by Stephen Kelly
Cast: Christine Clare
This year we welcome one of Northern Ireland’s leading theatre companies C21 and their acclaimed production of May the Road Rise Up. With accolades for playwright Rosemary Jenkins and sell out shows across the North of Ireland this hilarious production of a young woman’s positivity against adversity is not to be missed. A fast paced, black comedy, it focuses on a young woman’s boundless positivity in the face of extreme adversity and touches on realistic problems. The play follows Belfast native Mia, along her hilarious yet bumpy road called life.
Take a look on the Theatre page for more details.
Festival Director Una McAlinden will host In Conversation with members of The Young Folk and INYAL. These young and accomplished musicians will share their different musical trajectories, what influenced them along the way, and how they explore their cultural traditions within their musical compositions.
Sunday 12pm Club Room
THE HOUSE OF SONG
The House of Song invites all to experience the tradition of singing and to appreciate traditional song. The spirit of the House of Song is about encouraging people to sing traditional songs in their many forms. Generally speaking, the focus will be on unaccompanied singing - you may prefer to join in with other singers or simply listen.
Scots singer Fiona Ross will host the House of Song.
Sunday 8:00pm Upstairs @ Grand
Our resident fiddle host Mary McEvilly will once again host this year’s Festival Fiddles concert. Gathered on stage will be some of the hottest fiddlers in town. Here’s your chance to experience the diversity of stylistic and emotional breadth of these solo fiddle players – this year’s concert features Eileen O'Brien, Mana Okubo, Martin Scuffins, Eileen O'Brien, Innes Watson and Duncan Chisholm.
Sat 1pm Wine Bar
HOST MARY MCEVILLY