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August 2017

Learn Scottish Country Dancing

August 7 - September 25
The Rocks, NSW Australia + Google Map

This course is for new dancers who wish to learn steps and basic dance formations that are the building blocks of Scottish Country dancing. You will be introduced to Jigs and Reels and will learn a series of lively, beginner friendly dances. Info: www.sotr.org.au/beginner

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Researching Abroad: Finding British Isles and European Ancestors Roadshow

August 8 - August 26
Nationwide – Australia, Nationwide, Australia + Google Map

Featuring Chris Paton, leading Scottish professional genealogist, author and speaker. Each city (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide & Perth) will have a full day British Isles stream, most with a good Scottish focus. Info: 08 8263 2055 or [email protected], www.unlockthepast.com.au/researching-abroad

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The Ceilidh Clan Community Ceilidh

August 25
Red Hill, QLD Australia + Google Map

Ceilidh dances with live Scottish music that are entertaining, fun and suitable for all ages at Red Hill Community Sports Club. Info: 0409 760 993 or www.ceilidhclan.com.

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Scotland the Brave

August 26
Sydney, NSW Australia + Google Map

The international smash hit features over 100 choral singers, dancers, pipe-band and drum corps, soloists, Highland dancers and electric Celtic fiddlers at Sydney Opera House, 1:30pm. Info: www.scotlandthebrave.com.au or bookings: www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/scotland_the_brave_2017.aspx

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Barrier Reef Highland Dancing Championshships

August 26
Kirwan, QLD Australia + Google Map

Highland dance competition at Emmanus Hall, Ryan College, Canterbury Rd. Info: 07 4774 8179.

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The Toowoomba Caledonian Society & Pipe Band Ceilidh

August 26
Toowoomba, QLD Australia + Google Map

A ceilidh with the pipe band at Drayton Hall. Come along and enjoy a night of Scottish Entertainment. No need for experience as all dances are called and walked through. Cost $10pp U/13 free School-aged children $5.00 and a plate of food for supper. Info: Marg 0429 700 217.

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The City of Hobart Highland Pipe Band Winter Gathering

August 26
Hobart – Australia, Hobart, TAS Australia + Google Map

Includes a band performance, whisky tasting, dinner, dancing and more at Hobart Function and Conference Centre. Info/tickets: [email protected] or 0418 107 175.

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A Celtic Evening

August 26
Ashwood, VIC, Australia + Google Map

An evening of Celtic entertainment with Glenbrae Celtic Dancers, Claymore, Eric Bogle and Saoirse at Ashwood College Theatre 45-50 Vannam Dr. Info: Bernadette Rae 03 9799 8918 or www.glenbraecelticdancers.com.au

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September 2017

Adelaide Pipers’ Gathering

September 4
Adelaide, SA Australia + Google Map

Piping event in Adelaide. Info: Jack Brennan [email protected]

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Brisbane Smallpipe Session

September 5
Milton, QLD Australia + Google Map

Smallpipes session. Info: Malcolm McLaren 07 3820-2902 or [email protected]

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Isla Grant Live

September 5 - October 22
Nationwide, Australia + Google Map

Legendary Scottish singer Isla Grant returns with exciting new songs, plus her extensive repertoire of much loved music. Info: www.grand-concerts.com

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Victorian Scottish Union Conference

September 8 - September 10
Point Lonsdale/Queenscliff, VIC Australia + Google Map

Annual VSU events with events including a Ceilidh, conference, youth forum, dinner dance and Kirkin' O' the Tartan. Info: 03 9360 9829 or www.victorianscottishunion.com

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Kevin Bridges – Australian Tour

September 9 - September 21

Scotland’s biggest stand-up comedian Kevin Bridges will make his way to Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane in support of his highly-anticipated Australian tour. Info: www.abpresents.com.au/current-events/show/kevin-bridges-2

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Scots Night Out

September 9
Bendigo – Australia, Bendigo, VIC Australia + Google Map

Celebrate the official birthday of the Bendigo Tartan and raising funds for Scots Day Out 2018 on Saturday 3 March. At The Metro and Puggs Irish Bar Hargreaves St Cnr Bull St. Ticket information: www.trybooking.com

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Mackay’s Bluewater Fling

September 9
Mackay, QLD,

Mackay's tropical twilight Scottish musical event with massed bands, Celtic Fyre Rock band as Pipe Bands from Townsville, Rockhampton and Mackay. Come and enjoy the hospitality of the tropics and help celebrate Mackay's Scottish heritage at 10 River St. Info: Deborah Orr 0408 877 806 or www.facebook.com/MaDPipeBand

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Armadale Highland Gathering & Perth Kilt Run

September 10
Armadale, WA Australia + Google Map

WA's largest Scottish event which features pipe bands, Scottish dancers, Clans, stalls and the Perth Kilt Run, a free community event at  Minnawarra Park presented by the City of Armadale. Info: 08 9394 5000, www.armadale.wa.gov.au or www.perthkiltrun.com.au.

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

September 10
Rochedale, QLD Australia + Google Map

Piping event at Rochedale State High School, 249 Priestdale Rd. Info: 07 3397 4512.

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Clans on the Coast

September 16
Nelson Bay, NSW Australia + Google Map

Scottish pipe bands, Celtic band, Celtic stalls, caber toss, Celtic dancers & Choir and more at Tomaree Sports Complex, No. 1 Oval. Info: Ron Swan on 0418 495 336 or www.clansonthecoast.com.

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Queensland State Solos and Mini Pipe Band Contest

September 16

Solo & pipe band competitions at Brisbane Boys’ College (entrance off Moggill Rd). Info: 0400 953 126 or [email protected]

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Celtic Piping Sessions

September 17
Melbourne, VIC Australia + Google Map

Piping music session 2pm - 5pm, upstairs at the Exford Hotel, 199 Russell St. Info: [email protected]

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Celtic Woman Australian Tour

September 21 - October 1
Nationwide – Australia, Nationwide, Australia + Google Map

Celebrating the timeless emotion of Ireland's centuries-old heritage, Celtic Woman will visit Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane on their Voices of Angels Australian tour. Info: www.ticketek.com.au

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The Ceilidh Clan Community Ceilidh

September 22
Red Hill, QLD Australia + Google Map

Ceilidh dances with live Scottish music that are entertaining, fun and suitable for all ages at Red Hill Community Sports Club. Info: 0409 760 993 or www.ceilidhclan.com.

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Scots on The Rocks Chaotic Ceilidh

September 30
Sydney, NSW Australia + Google Map

Featuring music by ARIA Award winning Chris Duncan & Catherine Strutt, it will be a night of energetic and popular dances. Info: 0435 154 433 or www.sotr.org.au/chaos.

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October 2017

Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

October 1
Rochedale, QLD Australia + Google Map

Piping event at Rochedale State High School, 249 Priestdale Rd. Info: 07 3397 4512.

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Stringmania

October 1 @ 8:00 am - October 8 @ 5:00 pm
Warburton East, VIC Australia + Google Map

A celebration and exploration of the traditional arts - fiddle, music, dance, language and song - set in the beautiful Yarra Valley. Info: www.stringmaniacamp.com

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Adelaide Pipers’ Gathering

October 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Adelaide, SA Australia + Google Map

Piping event in Adelaide. Info: Jack Brennan [email protected]

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Brisbane Smallpipe Session

October 3
Milton, QLD Australia + Google Map

Smallpipes session. Info: Malcolm McLaren 07 3820-2902 or [email protected]

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A Capital Jig Canberra Ball

October 7
Canberra, ACT Australia + Google Map

Scottish Country Dancing  at Albert Hall  with music by Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt. Info: www.rscds-canberra.org.

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Canberra Burns Club Highland Gathering

October 7
Kambah, ACT Australia + Google Map

A great free day of Scottish culture in the ACT, includes ACT Pipe Band Championships, Scottish dance and more at Kett Street Oval. Info: www.canberragathering.com.au.

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Develop your Scottish Country Dancing

October 9 - November 27
The Rocks, NSW Australia + Google Map

This course is for dancers who have some Scottish Country dancing experience and wish to improve their technique and knowledge of the dance figures. It is an ideal follow-on for anybody who has attended our stage 1 course or anyone who feels a bit rusty and wants to brush up on their skills. The course ... Read more

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Sounds of Scotland Concert

October 13
Brisbane, QLD Australia + Google Map

A night of Scottish entertainment with pipe bands, Scottish dance and music. Presented by BBC Pipe Band at Brisbane Boys College. Info: [email protected]

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Collie Clan Gathering

October 14
Collie, WA Australia + Google Map

Inaugural event with a full day of Scottish events and entertainment. Info: 08 9734 3360 or www.collieclangathering.org.

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Robert Burns Club of Melbourne Poetry Afternoon

October 15
Flemington, VIC + Google Map

Burns at Canterbury St Stables Community Centre, 49-53 Canterbury Rd. Info: 03 8361 0308.

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Celtic Piping Sessions

October 15
Melbourne, VIC Australia + Google Map

Piping music session 2pm - 5pm, upstairs at the Exford Hotel, 199 Russell St. Info: [email protected]

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Illawarra Scottish Fair

October 15
Kanahooka, NSW Australia + Google Map

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 or www.illawarrapipeband.com

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Scotland the Brave

October 21
Brisbane, QLD Australia + Google Map

The international smash hit features over 100 choral singers, dancers, pipe-band and drum corps, soloists, Highland dancers and electric Celtic fiddlers at Queensland Performing Arts Centre 2:00pm & 8:00pm. Info: www.scotlandthebrave.com.au or bookings: www.qpac.com.au/event/scotland_the_brave_17

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November 2017

Central Coast Scottish Spectacular

November 5
Gosford, NSW Australia + Google Map

Inaugural Highland gathering at The Entertainment Grounds, Racecourse Rd and will feature the NSW Pipe Band State Championships and the Central Coast Scottish National Dancing Titles.  Pipe bands, drum majors, Scottish stalls & food. A great day out for the whole family. Info: www.scottishspectacular.com

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Adelaide Pipers’ Gathering

November 6
Adelaide, SA Australia + Google Map

Piping event in Adelaide. Info: Jack Brennan [email protected]

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Brisbane Smallpipe Session

November 7
Milton, QLD Australia + Google Map

Smallpipes session. Info: Malcolm McLaren 07 3820-2902 or [email protected]

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Beechworth Celtic Festival

November 10 - November 12
Beechworth, VIC,

At the Old Beechworth Gaol with Celtic bands, dancers and market stalls and this year the festival will also host the inaugural 'Old Gaol Tattoo' at 7pm on Saturday night. Info: www.beechworthcelticfestival.com.au

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Glen Innes Highlands String Music Convention

November 17 - November 19
Glen Innes, NSW Australia + Google Map

With presenter profiles, workshop synopsis at Glen Innes Services Club. Info: 02 6732 1355.

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Celtic Piping Sessions

November 19
Melbourne, VIC Azerbaijan + Google Map

Piping music session 2pm - 5pm, upstairs at the Exford Hotel, 199 Russell St. Info: [email protected]

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The Ceilidh Clan Community Ceilidh

November 24
Red Hill, QLD Australia + Google Map

Ceilidh dances with live Scottish music that are entertaining, fun and suitable for all ages at Red Hill Community Sports Club. Info: 0409 760 993 or www.ceilidhclan.com.

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

November 30
Nationwide, Australia + Google Map

Wishing all our readers and friends a happy St Andrew's Day! Celebrate St Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day.

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December 2017

Daylesford Highland Gathering

December 2
Daylesford, VIC Australia + Google Map

Gather your clan and come to Daylesford on the 1st Saturday in December for a ‘wee’ bit of Scottish culture with a full day of piping, drumming & dancing at Victoria Park. Info: www.daylesfordhighland.com

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Tenterfield St Andrew’s Day Service

December 3
Tenterfield, NSW Australia + Google Map

With pipes and drums and a traditional Scottish luncheon at Tenterfield Presbyterian Church, 117 Logan St at 10am. Info: 02 6736 5849.

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

December 3
Rochedale, QLD Australia + Google Map

Piping event at Rochedale State High School, 249 Priestdale Rd. Info: 07 3397 4512.

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Adelaide Pipers’ Gathering

December 4
Adelaide, SA Australia + Google Map

Piping event in Adelaide. Info: Jack Brennan [email protected]

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Brisbane Smallpipe Session

December 12
Milton, QLD Australia + Google Map

Smallpipes session. Info: Malcolm McLaren 07 3820-2902 or [email protected]

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Celtic Piping Sessions

December 17
Melbourne, VIC Australia + Google Map

Piping music session 2pm - 5pm, upstairs at the Exford Hotel, 199 Russell St. Info: [email protected]

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Happy Christmas

December 25
Nationwide, Australia + Google Map

Wishing all our readers and friends a very Happy Christmas and festive season!

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January 2018

The Maryborough Highland Gathering

January 1, 2018
Maryborough, VIC Australia + Google Map

Australia’s oldest continuous running sporting event. With pipe bands, Scottish dancers, athletics and more. Info: 03 5461 1480 or www.highlandsociety.com.au

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Quirindi Military Tattoo

January 27, 2018
Quirindi , NSW Australia + Google Map

The event aims to showcase military bands in both a competition and exhibition format, and pays homage to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Info: 02 6746 1755 or www.quirindimilitarytattoo.com.au

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February 2018

Richmond Highland Gathering

February 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Richmond – Australia, Richmond, TAS Australia + Google Map

Tasmania's only Highland games at historic Richmond oval. Pipe band competitions, highland dancing competitions and stalls. Info: Di Cornish 0408 528 658 or [email protected]

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March 2018

Champion of Champions

March 31, 2018 - April 1, 2018
Newcastle, NSW Australia + Google Map

Presented by the Highland Dance NSW Australia a weekend of Highland dance competition and events at Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Info: www.nswhighlanddancing.com.au.

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April 2018

The Tartan Spectacular

April 7, 2018
Toowong, QLD Australia + Google Map

A celebration of all things Scottish and includes Australian Pipe Band Championships with competitors from across the country and beyond at Brisbane Boys' College. Info: www.tartanspectacular.com.au.

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Bundanoon Highland Gathering

April 7, 2018
Bundanoon, NSW Australia + Google Map

Australia's largest Scottish event celebrating 41 years. A day of great entertainment from pipe bands, singers, dancers, strong man competitions and much more. Info: www.brigadoon.org.au.

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2018 Australian Clan Cameron Gathering

April 20, 2018 - April 22, 2018
Gold Coast, QLD Australia + Google Map

The first national Clan Cameron gathering in Australia. All national and international Cameron descendants are invited to attend. Info: [email protected] or www.clan-cameron.org.au.

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May 2018

Australian Celtic Festival

May 3, 2018 - May 6, 2018
Glen Innes, NSW Australia + Google Map

Celebrating Brittany, Galacia & Asturias at the Australian Standing Stones with music, food, stalls, entertainment and events taking place all over Glen Innes. Info: 02 6730 2400 or www.australiancelticfestival.com

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October 2018

Outlander Fan Gathering

October 20, 2018 - October 21, 2018
Glen Innes, NSW Australia + Google Map

The clocks will turn back to 1743 with the magic of the Australian Standing Stones as a backdrop, you can lose yourself in the romance and drama of the Outlander series. Info: www.outlanderfangathering.com.au

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