HIGHLIGHTS 

 
Smoking Ceremony

SMOKING CEREMONY
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. 

Film Launch  

Saturday 3.15 Parks Hall 

 
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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. 

 
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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. 

 
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IN CONVERSATION 

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  

 
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Festival Fiddles

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