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September 2019

Learn Scottish Country Dancing in Sydney [RSCDS]

September 2 - October 9
Sydney, NSW Australia

Learn the basic steps & formations and some fun dances in a friendly atmosphere - Eight week course - $100 (Includes entry to the Easy Dance Ball) at Fort Street Public School, Upper Fort Street, The Rocks. Info: [email protected] or https://rscds.org.au/attachments/City_Beginners_2Sept_2019flyer.pdf

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Clans On The Coast

September 21
Nelson Bay, NSW Australia

Everything from Scottish Pipe Bands, Celtic band, Variety and Celtic Stalls, Caber Toss, Tug-Of-War, Celtic Dancers, Highland Dancers, Irish Dancers, Dog Parade, Rusty Harper Irish Folk Band Vanguard Medieval fighting demonstrations and more at Tomaree Sports Complex, 4981 Nelson Bay Rd. Info: Ron Swan on 0418 495 336 or www.clansonthecoast.com.au

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Scottish Gaelic Study Day

September 21
Revesby, NSW Australia

Learners, practice your Gaelic in a friendly environment with gentle guidance. Our learners’ group provides a welcoming and supportive atmosphere to make use of your Gaelic, whether you have just a few words or are an advanced learner. Absolute beginners are also welcome to come and listen to the sound of this beautiful language. Throughout ... Read more

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The BBC Solo Piping & Drumming Championships

September 21
Toowong, QLD Australia

An annual event held at Brisbane Boys' College. The contest will be held under the Pipe Band Australia contest rules and conditions. The event is open to members of the public to come along and enjoy a great day of piping and drumming. Info: [email protected] or Stevie 0400 953 126.

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Caledonian Society of WA Ceilidh

September 28
Inglewood, WA Australia

Dance and sing to Heel N toe Ceilidh Band. Listen to the piper. Children free entry. Supper Supplied $20 non members at Bob Daniels Community Centre 895 Beafort St. Info: John 0427 990 754.

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Stringmania!

September 30 - October 6
Warburton East, VIC Australia

A celebration and exploration of the traditional arts - music, dance, language and song with an immersive camp for string musicians from beginner to advanced, in the beautiful Yarra Valley. Info: www.stringmaniacamp.com

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October 2019

Scottish Gaelic Conversation Evenings

October 2 - October 16
Sydney, NSW Australia

Learners, practice your Gaelic in a friendly environment with gentle guidance. Our learners’ group provides a welcoming and supportive atmosphere to make use of your Gaelic, whether you have just a few words or are an advanced learner. Absolute beginners are also welcome to come and listen to the sound of this beautiful language. Schedule ... Read more

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Ty Fry and Southern Celt in concert

October 4
Perth, WA Australia

See Tyler Fry's charismatic tenor drumming live on stage with special guest pipers and drummers at the Irish Club in Subiaco. Progressive folk band, Southern Celt will also be performing. Tickets: www.trybooking.com/BFCOK

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Armadale Highland Gathering and the Perth Kilt Run

October 6 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Armadale, WA Australia

Celebrate all things Scottish at the largest Highland Gathering event held in Western Australia! Gather your family and friends to enjoy the visual spectacle of kilts, bagpipes and a medieval fair at this free community event.The morning begins with the fun and quirky Perth Kilt Run, the only fun run in Australia that’s done in ... Read more

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Canberra Scottish Ball

October 12
Canberra , ACT Australia

Presented by Canberra and District Scottish Country Dancing at Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla. Music by Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt. Info: www.rscds-canberra.org

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Canberra Highland Gathering

October 12
Canberra , ACT Australia

Bagpipe bands will mass in Canberra to compete in the ACT pipe band championship. Highland dancers will compete in the Canberra City Championship. There will also other music types throughout the day as well as historic re-enactments and the Tartan Warriors at Kambah District Playing Fields, Kett St. Info: www.canberragathering.com.au

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PACS Variety Evening

October 12
Adelaide, SA Australia

Hosted by Port Adelaide Caledonian Society Inc. An evening of all different acts and entertainment. Bring a plate of shared supper at 189 Semaphore Road, Exeter. Info: 0419 819 834 or [email protected]

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Bands in Parks: Big Bang

October 13
Brisbane, QLD Australia

Cannon firings, brass band and bagpipes and drums. What a great experience!The Queensland Irish Association Pipe Band is performing between 10am and 11am, the cannon firings are at 1pm and 2pm and the brass band will be on from 1pm to 2pm at Fort Lytton. Info: www.facebook.com/pg/QIAPB/events/

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A Day with Robert Burns in Poetry and Song

October 13
Melbourne, VIC Australia

A free event to enjoy the works of Robert Burns at Canterbury St Stables Community Centre. Info: Ina 03 8361 0308.

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

October 17 - October 19
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

One of the greatest shows on earth, featuring more than 1200 performers from around the world, heads to Sydney direct from its annual season on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle at ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park. Info: www.edinburghtattoosydney.com.au

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Billy Connolly – The Sex Life of Bandages

October 18 - October 20
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

Hailed as the UK’s most influential comedian of all time, legendary Scot Billy Connolly is coming to cinemas with this brilliant show from his final stand-up tour. Featuring blistering observations of everyday absurdities and a deeply personal interview, The Sex Life of Bandages is a big screen tribute to an iconic funny man who is ... Read more

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Scots on The Rocks – Chaotic Ceilidh

October 19
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

Featuring music by ARIA Award winning Chris Duncan & Catherine Strutt, it will be a night of energetic and popular dances. Includes supper (BYO alcohol). Tickets $35pp in The Rocks. Info: www.sotr.org.au/chaos or 0435 154 433.

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History of the Celts in 20 Objects Study Day

October 19
Glenbrook, NSW Australia

The Celts are defined linguistically, and yet we are able to associate a vast collection of objects, decorative and utilitarian, with Celtic culture over more than two millennia. An attempt to define the history of the Celts through such a small sample as twenty objects is doomed to failure. Rather, this study day seeks to ... Read more

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Brunswick Scottish Society’s Ceilidh

October 19
Brunswick, VIC Australia

Join the Brunswick Scottish Society and learn how to do fun dances, eat a potluck dinner, and have some BYO drinks. Don't worry if you don't know how to dance-the lovely people will teach you. Info: www.facebook.com/BrunswickScottishSociety

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Illawarra Scottish Fair

October 20
Kanahooka, NSW Australia

Presented by the Illawarra Pipe Band with pipe band contests, Scottish stalls and more at Dandaloo Sports Oval, Kanahooka Rd. Gates open at 8.30 AM and Massed Bands Closing ceremony at approx. 3.00 PM. Info: Alison 0414 928 016, [email protected] or www.illawarrapipeband.com

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Pipers Of Perth Solos

October 20
Perth, WA Australia

Presented by the Highland Pipers Society of Perth at South Perth Bowling Club. Info: www.pipebandswa.com.au

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Clan MacLeod SA Pub Luncheon

October 20
Adelaide, SA Australia

Feel free to join Clan MacLeod as we lunch and catch up with each other at the Buckingham Arms, 1 Walkerville Terrace, Gilberton for the annual pub lunch. Meal discounts available. Info: Nicole Walters 0415 654 836.

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Annual Dinner of The Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Darling Downs Branch QLD)

October 25
Toowoomba, QLD Australia

A special evening of traditional entertainment including: Music by David Kemp Whiskey Mac, Highland Dancers and a Haggis Ceremony at Downs Club Mylne St. Info: 07 4635 4086 or [email protected]

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Sounds of Scotland Concert ‘Amazing Grace’

October 26
Toowong, QLD Australia

Come along for a night of Scottish entertainment as Brisbane Boys’ College Pipe Bands join with local musicians and dancers to present their Sounds of Scotland variety concert. Acts include Pipe Bands, Scottish Music, Dancers, Address to the Haggis and much more. Food, drinks, BBQ and Scottish stalls open at 4.30pm. Info: Director of Pipe ... Read more

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Caledonian Society of WA Halloween Ceilidh

October 26
Inglewood, WA Australia

Dig out your Halloween costume and dance and sing to Heel N toe Ceilidh Band. Listen to the piper. Children free entry. Supper Supplied $20 non members at Bob Daniels Community Centre 895 Beafort St. Info: John 0427 990 754.

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Julie Appleton-Seymour Memorial Contest

October 26
St Lucia, QLD Australia

Hornpipe and Jig competition presented by the Queensland Highland Pipers Society at Emmanuel College, Sir William MacGregor Dr. Info: www.qhps.org

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Clan Donald/MacFarlane/McNeil Luncheon

October 27
Adelaide, SA Australia

Luncheon Fogular Furlan Centre, 69 Briar Rd, Felixstow. 12 noon. Ph. Eileen 8258 5756 or 0433 780 999

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November 2019

Silver Chanter Competition

November 2
Adelaide, SA Australia

Piping competition presented by the R U Brown Piobaireachd Society. Info: www.rubrown.org.au

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Gathering of the Celts

November 2
Wallsend, NSW Australia

A night of Scottish music with Highland rock band, Scotia Highland Dancers, Miners pipe Band and more at Wallsend Diggers. Info: www.wallsenddiggers.com.au

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Central Coast Scottish Spectacular

November 3
Gosford, NSW Australia

This Scottish Highland Gathering will be held at The Entertainment Ground and will feature the NSW Pipe Band Championships, and the Central Coast Scottish National Dancing Titles. Pipe bands, Drum Majors, the Tossing of the Caber, Tug O'War, Scottish stalls, food, and much more. It is a great day out for the whole family. Info: ... Read more

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Clan MacLeod Society South Australia AGM

November 3
Adelaide, SA Australia

Clan MacLeod Society South Australia AGM. Held at Powell residence, Semaphore Park. Info: Trevor Powell 0419 819 834 or www.cmssa.org.au/calendar-of-events.html

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Beechworth Celtic Festival

November 8 - November 10
Beechworth, VIC

Once again the Beechworth Celtic Festival is set to attract the crowds of Celtic lovers to Beechworth with the Beechworth Old Gaol Tattoo again featuring on the Saturday Night. The theme of the Tattoo is the celebration of Armistice Day in World War 1 – music and selected stories from the era re-enacted through the ... Read more

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Brunswick Scottish Society’s Ceilidh

November 16
Brunswick, VIC Australia

Join the Brunswick Scottish Society and learn how to do fun dances, eat a potluck dinner, and have some BYO drinks. Don't worry if you don't know how to dance-the lovely people will teach you. Info: www.facebook.com/BrunswickScottishSociety

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Champion of Champions Solos

November 17
Fremantle, WA Australia

Solo piping competition presented by the Highland Pipers Society of Perth at Fremantle Sailing Club. Info: www.pipebandswa.com.au

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St Andrews Day – Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Service

November 24
Forrest, ACT Australia

Kirkin' o' the Tartan, 9:30am - St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, State Circle, all welcome. Clan Banner bearers, please arrive in time to marshal. Info: Susan Cooke [email protected]

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St Andrews Day – Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Service

November 24
Toukley, NSW Australia

Kirkin' o' the Tartan, 9:30am -  St David's Presbyterian Church, Victoria Ave, all welcome. Clan Banner bearers, please arrive in time to marshal. Info: Susan Cooke [email protected]

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St Andrews Day – Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Service

November 24
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

Kirkin' o' the Tartan, 10am - St Stephen's Uniting Church, Macquarie St, all welcome. Clan Banner bearers, please arrive in time to marshal. Info: Susan Cooke [email protected]

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Family Ceilidh [RSCDS]

November 24
Sydney, NSW Australia

Fun-filled Ceilidh dance social for families and non-dancers supported by more experienced dancers. Afternoon tea included. Music by James Gastineau-Hills. All Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult, at Leichhardt Town Hall, Leichhardt. Info: [email protected] or https://rscds.org.au/attachments/Family_ceilidh_24Nov2019.pdf

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Jack McCandlish Memorial Contest

November 25
Toowong, QLD Australia

6/8 competitions for Juniors (4 parts) and Seniors (8 parts) presented by the Queensland Highland Pipers Society at The Walrus Club, 543A Coronation Dr. Info: www.qhps.org

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St Andrew’s Day Ball

November 29
Perth, WA Australia

Celebrate with the Saint Andrew Society of Western Australia, with food, music and dance at Pan Pacific Hotel. Info: www.saintandrew.org.au

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St Andrew’s Night

November 30
Toowoomba – Australia Toowoomba , QLD Australia

Toowoomba Caledonian Society & Pipe Band Inc. is celebrating St Andrew's Night in the Drayton Hall commencing at 7pm with the Pipe Band. Come along & enjoy a night of Scottish entertainment. Lots of community Scottish country dancing (all dances are called). Cost of the evening is $10 Adults pp. School-aged children Over 13 $5.00 ... Read more

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

November 30
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

Saint Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day. Celebrate St Andrew’s Day (or in Scottish Gaelic ‘Là Naomh Anndrais’), Scotland’s patron saint!

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St Andrews Dinner

November 30
Wongawallan, QLD Australia

Enjoy outstanding performances by the Brisbane City Pipe Band. An event of over 20+ pipers and drummers celebrating St Andrews Day over 3 course dinner including haggis at Fox and Hounds Country Inn, 7 Elevation Dr. Info: 07 5665 7582 or www.foxandhounds.net.au

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GSSHD Annual Concert

November 30
Paralowie, SA Australia

Annual dance concert presented by the Garrick Stewart School of Highland Dancing at The Parks Recreation and Sports Centre. Info: [email protected]

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Saint Andrews Gala Event

November 30
Townsville, QLD Australia

Tribute to St Andrews with pipes and drums, Parade of Clan Banners, Highland dancing, Scottish food and more at Rydges Hotel, 23 Palmer St. Info: 0427 047 862 or [email protected]

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December 2019

Daylesford Highland Gathering

December 7
Daylesford, VIC Australia

Gathering includes a captivating Street March in the Main Street of Daylesford and then a full days Drumming, Piping and Dancing at the picturesque Victoria Park, located at the southern entrance of Daylesford. Info: www.daylesfordhighland.com

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Mighty Mini MacLeod end of year event

December 15
Adelaide, SA Australia

The Mighty Mini Macleods end the year on a high at The Beachouse Swimming Centre. We will have fun, plan next year's activities and start the school holidays. Meet in the foyer at 3:00pm near the ticket office of The Beachouse, 4 Colley Terrace, Glenelg Beach. Cost from $20.00. Info: Nicole 0415 654 836 or ... Read more

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Happy Hogmanay

December 31
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

The Scottish Banner wishes all our readers and friends a very Happy Hogmanay and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2020!

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January 2020

The Maryborough Highland Gathering

January 1, 2020
Maryborough, VIC Australia

Australia's oldest continuous running sporting event with pipe bands, Scottish dance, athletics and more at Princes Park. Info: 03 5461 1480 or www.highlandsociety.com.au

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Happy Burns Night

January 25, 2020
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

Celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns. The tradition of the Burns Night Supper was first held in 1801 by the poet’s friends, five years after his death.

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Saint Andrew Society of Western Australia Burns Supper

January 25, 2020
Perth, WA Australia

Celebrate the Bard at the Pan Pacific Hotel, with Scottish food, music and fun. Info: www.saintandrew.org.au

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Burns Supper

January 25, 2020
Wongawallan, QLD Australia

Celebrate Rabbi Burns Supper with Pipes, Selkirk Grace, Address to the Haggis and poetry. A special appearance by members of the Brisbane City Pipe Band. 3 Course dinner with haggis and more at Fox and Hounds Country Inn, 7 Elevation Dr. Info: 07 5665 7582 or www.foxandhounds.net.au

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February 2020

Clan MacRae Reunion & Gathering

February 14, 2020 - February 16, 2020
Bathurst, NSW Australia

A weekend of all things “MacRae” including AGM, dinner and more. Non-members very welcome. Info: Clan MacRae Society Secretary, Roslyn MacRae: [email protected]

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Richmond Highland Gathering

February 16, 2020
Richmond, TAS Australia

St Andrew Society of Hobart will again be holding its annual Highland Gathering on the Village Green, with Pipe Band displays from across Tasmania, Scottish dancing and stalls. Info: Di Cornish 0408 528 658 or [email protected]

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March 2020

Liverpool Plains Military Tattoo

March 7, 2020
Quirindi, NSW Australia

Get your kilts out and your bagpipes at the ready at the Liverpool Plains Military Tattoo. Pipe bands, dancers, musicians and more. Info: www.liverpoolplainsmilitarytattoo.com.au

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Sydney Highland Gathering

March 15, 2020
Sydney, NSW Australia

The Scots College in Sydney's Bellevue Hill plays host to the annual Sydney Highland Gathering. The event celebrates its Scottish Heritage with Pipe Band Competitions, Highland dancing, Scottish food, Highland Strongmen displays and Gift and home wares stalls. Info: [email protected]

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Ringwood Highland Games

March 29, 2020
Wantirna, VIC Australia

Metropolitan Melbourne's only Highland Games at JW Manson Reserve,Selkirk Ave. Includes a full day of Scottish fun with pipe bands, Scottish dancers, Clans, stalls and more. A great family day out! Info: 0418 370 051 or www.ringwoodhighlandgames.org.au

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April 2020

2020 Australian Pipe Band Championships

April 4, 2020 - April 5, 2020
Maryborough, VIC Australia

Pipe Bands Australia diamond jubilee year Australian Pipe Band Championships are expected to attract bands from across the country and overseas with a full program of events which include Highland dancing and Scottish stalls. Info: 03 5461 1480 or www.highlandsociety.com.au

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Brigadoon-The Bundanoon Highland Gathering

April 4, 2020
Bundanoon – Australia Bundanoon, NSW Australia

Australia's largest Scottish celebration with pipe bands, heavy events, Scottish dancing & entertainment, Clans village, stalls and much more. A great day for the entire family in the beautiful NSW Southern Highlands. Info: 02 4883 7471 or www.brigadoon.org.au

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Champion of Champions

April 10, 2020 - April 11, 2020
Carrara, QLD Australia

Champion of Champions is Australia's most prestigious Highland Dancing event. Held every two years, this event attracts highland dancers from across Australia and indeed the world to contest the championships and supporting events over two days of thrilling competition. Info: www.facebook.com/championofchampions2020 or www.sqrchdi.com

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116th Maclean Highland Gathering

April 10, 2020 - April 11, 2020
Maclean, NSW Australia

Easter weekend with bagpipes in Australia's "Scottish town", with Scottish dancers, stalls and more. Info: www.macleanhighlandgathering.com.au

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Australian Celtic Festival

April 30, 2020 - May 3, 2020
Glen Innes, NSW Australia

A full weekend of Celtic entertainment and events held at the Australian Standing Stones. 2020 celebrating Ireland and the Isle of Man. Info: www.australiancelticfestival.com

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