The Portarlington National Celtic Festival, near Geelong in Australia brought in over 15,000 visitors, with people traveling from as far as New Zealand and organisers have described it as the best one yet, reports the Geelong Advertiser.
The weather held up for the annual celebration of arts and entertainment, with sunny skies lifting moods and temperatures. Celtic dancing, music, theatre and food transformed the seaside town as festival director Una McAlinden said it was the best crowd they’ve ever had since the event began in 2003. She said:
The weather was so amazing, everybody is really pumped. The sun’s been shining the whole weekend. Last year we had about 15000 people across the weekend. We haven’t counted tickets up at the moment but we’re definitely up on those numbers.
Headlining international artists first visit to Australian Celtic Festival
For some of the headlining international bands and artists, it was their first visit to Australia.
Contemporary Welsh five-piece Calan and indie Irish artist Dáire Mulher were among the crowd highlights, as well as a new arts project called Latunda.
Ms McAlinden said:
We did a project in the rotunda which was a shadow and light show, telling the story of a Celtic myth. That has been rehearsed for the last six weeks with the local community as part of a Regional Arts Victoria Project. That’s definitely been a highlight.
The ferry from the Docklands was packed across the three days, bringing people from Melbourne down to the annual event.
Everything’s turned it on. It’s just been outstanding in every way.
Ms McAlinden said.
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