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January 2018

2018 Burns Supper

January 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Perth – Australia Perth, WA Australia

Celebrate the bard with the Saint Andrew Society of Western Australia. Info: www.saintandrew.org.au

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Happy Australia Day

January 26, 2018
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

Wishing all our readers a wonderful Australia Day!

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Mackay & District Pipe Band Burns Supper 2018

January 27, 2018
Mackay, QLD

Celebrate the 259th anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet, Robert Burns. There'll be pipes & drums, Highland dancing, a buffet dinner, the haggis ceremony, poetry, and Scottish country dancing at North Mackay Bowls Club, 74-76 Malcomson St. Info: www.mackaypipeband.com.au

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Caledonian Society Ceilidh

January 27, 2018
Inglewood, WA Australia

Family friendly ceilidh. All ages welcome. Music by the Heel Toe ceilidh band, dancing and supper. BYO drinks. Entry: $20 non-members, $15 members, children free. Come and enjoy a really fun night out at Bob Daniels Comminity Centre, 895 Beaufort Street, Inglewood, Perth. Info: Carolyn 0406 665 119 or www.facebook.com/caledoniansocietyofwainc

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February 2018

AWEsome Scottish Country Dance Weekend

February 2, 2018 - February 4, 2018
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

AWEsome is a Scottish Country Dance Weekend for younger dancers aged from 18 to 40 years. Info: [email protected]

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Quirindi Military Tattoo

February 3, 2018
Quirindi , NSW Australia

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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Toowoomba Caledonian Society and Pipe Band Burns Supper

February 3, 2018
Toowoomba – Australia Toowoomba , QLD Australia

Pipe band performances, food, Address to the Haggis and more at Drayton Hall. Info: Lynn 07 4630 8193 or www.tcpb.com.au

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Robbie Burns Celebrations

February 3, 2018
Tusmore, SA Australia

A lively day celebrating the life of Scottish Bard Robbie Burns at the Burnside Library, 401 Greenhill Rd. Info: 08 8366 4280 or www.burnsidelibrary.eventbrite.com

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Governor Macquarie’s Birthday Dinner

February 3, 2018
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

The Scottish Australian Heritage Council invites you to attend this function at The Women's Club, 179 Elizabeth St. Guest speaker Ms Lorraine Kypiotis, Outreach Coordinator, National Arts School, “Sydney From the Medici to Macquarie: Neoclassicism and the Colonial Ethos”. Cost $105 p.p. includes dinner & drinks. Download booking form: www.scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au or ring Nea on 0408 ... Read more

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Robert Burns Club of Melbourne Burns Supper

February 3, 2018
Glenroy VIC – Australia Glenroy VIC, Australia

Celebrate Burns with the Robert Burns Club of Melbourne at Glenroy RSL with music, food and poetry. Info: 03 8361 0308.

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

February 4, 2018
Rochedale – Australia Rochedale, QLD Australia

Piping event at Rochedale High School, 10am. Info: 07 3397 4512.

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Learn Scottish Country Dancing with Scots on The Rocks

February 5, 2018 - March 26, 2018
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

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: 0435 154 433 or www.sotr.org.au/beginner

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Adelaide Pipers’ Gathering

February 5, 2018
Adelaide – Australia Adelaide, SA Australia

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

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Brisbane Smallpipe Session

February 6, 2018
Milton, QLD Australia

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

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Celtic Woman Australian Tour

February 7, 2018 - February 16, 2018
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

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

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30th Anniversary Clan MacRae Gathering, Dinner & AGM

February 16, 2018 - February 18, 2018
Albury – Australia Albury, NSW Australia

Celebrate and gather with Clan MacRae with tours, AGM and a dinner. Info: Roslyn MacRae 0412 491 054 or [email protected]

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Brunswick Scottish Society Burns Supper

February 17, 2018
Brunswick East – Australia Brunswick East, VIC Australia

Immortal Memory of Robert Burns, haggis and more at Fleming Park Hall, 98 Victoria St. Info: 03 8361 0308.

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Richmond Highland Gathering

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

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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Boxwood Festival – Celtic Music Workshop

February 22, 2018 - February 25, 2018
Queenscliff, VIC Australia

In beautiful and historic Queenscliff for four days of musical discovery, immersion in traditional music and fun. Info: www.boxwood.org

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Caledonian Society of WA Ceilidh

February 24, 2018
Inglewood, WA Australia

Family friendly ceilidh. All ages welcome. Music by the Heel Toe ceilidh band, dancing and supper. BYO drinks. Entry: $20 non-members, $15 members, children free. Come and enjoy a really fun night out. https://www.facebook.com/events/177538262847882/permalink/177538266181215/

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Queensland Pipers Society Quartet Competition

February 26, 2018
Toowong – Australia Toowong, QLD Australia

Teams of 4 pipers matched against each other for a single first prize at Brisbane Boys' College Band Room, Moggil Rd. info: [email protected]

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March 2018

Scots Day Out

March 3, 2018
Bendigo – Australia Bendigo, VIC Australia

A free Scottish event in the centre of the city with pipe bands, Scottish stalls, dancing and more at Rosalind Park. Info: 0419 549 743 or www.scotsdayout.com

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

March 4, 2018
Rochedale – Australia Rochedale, QLD Australia

Piping event at Rochedale High School, 10am. Info: 07 3397 4512.

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Adelaide Pipers’ Gathering

March 5, 2018
Adelaide – Australia Adelaide, SA Australia

Piping event. Info: Jack Brennan [email protected]

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Brisbane Smallpipe Session

March 6, 2018
Milton, QLD Australia

Piping event. Info: Malcolm McLaren on (07) 3820-2902 or [email protected]

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Big Country Australian Tour

March 9, 2018 - March 18, 2018
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

Scottish rockers Big Country preforming gigs around Australia. Info: www.metropolistouring.com

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Breabach Australia Tour

March 9, 2018 - April 7, 2018
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

Scottish five-piece Breabach deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk music that has earned them international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK’s most dynamic and exciting bands. Touring nationally for venue locations and dates see: www.breabach.com

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International Bagpipe Day

March 10, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

Every March 10th you are invited to go out and play your pipes – anywhere, anyhow to anyone!

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The Scots School Highland Gathering

March 18, 2018
Bathurst – Australia Bathurst, NSW Australia

Bagpipes, dancing, stalls and more at The Scots School Bathurst. Info: Email: [email protected]

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Geelong Highland Gathering

March 18, 2018
North Geelong, VIC Geelong, VIC Australia

A great day of Scottish fun, entertainment, pipe bands, dancing, Clans, stalls and more at Goldsworthy Reserve Athletics Track, Goldsworthy Rd. Info: www.geelonghighlandgathering.org.au

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Celtic Piping Club Session

March 18, 2018
Melbourne – Australia Melbourne, VIC Australia

Piping session, 2pm - 5pm, upstairs at the Exford Hotel, 199 Russell St (cnr Little Bourke). Info: [email protected]

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Scots on The Rocks – Chaotic Ceilidh

March 24, 2018
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) in The Rocks. Tickets $35pp. Info: 0435 154 433 or www.sotr.org.au/chaos

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Ringwood Highland Games

March 25, 2018
Ringwood – Australia Wantirna, VIC Australia

Celebrates hundreds of years of Scottish heritage and traditions, and displays to the community many facets of our Scottish culture, the only Highland games in metropolitan Melbourne at East Ringwood Sports Ground, Cnr Mt Dandenong Rd & Dublin Road, E. Info: Phone 0418 370 051 or [email protected]/www.ringwoodhighlandgames.org

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

March 25, 2018
Rochedale – Australia Rochedale, QLD Australia

Come along and play a tune or just listen and discuss the classical music of the Highland Bagpipe at Rochedale State High School, 249 Priestdale Rd. Info: 07 3397 4512 or www.qhps.org

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Daniel Sloss Now Live

March 29, 2018 - April 28, 2018
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

A new show from the internationally acclaimed, award-winning Scottish comedian. Star of Conan, he’s performed nine sell-out Edinburgh's, and is touring in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Info: www.century.com.au/tours

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Maclean Highland Gathering

March 30, 2018 - March 31, 2018
Maclean – Australia Maclean, NSW Australia

Pipe band contents, Scottish dancing, bar and Scottish stalls in the Scottish town of Australia. Info: www.macleanhighlandgathering.com.au

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Champion of Champions

March 31, 2018 - April 1, 2018
Newcastle, NSW Australia

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

Adelaide Pipers’ Gathering

April 2, 2018
Adelaide – Australia Adelaide, SA Australia

Piping event. Info: Jack Brennan [email protected]

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Brisbane Smallpipe Session

April 3, 2018
Milton, QLD Australia

Piping event. Info: Malcolm McLaren on (07) 3820-2902 or [email protected]

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The 2018 Commonwealth Games

April 4, 2018 - April 15, 2018
Gold Coast – Australia Gold Coast, QLD Australia

Cheer on Team Scotland at Gold Coast 2018, the international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth at Carrara Stadium. Info: 1300 2018 00 or www.gc2018.com

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The Tartan Spectacular

April 7, 2018
Toowong, QLD Australia

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

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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Ceilidh

April 7, 2018
Mooroolbark, VIC Australia

Come along and enjoy an evening with family and friends at a ceilidh. Dances will be walked and talked through so that everyone can get up and have fun. A fantastic supper is provided (no alcohol) - $7.00 for Dancers $3.50 for non dancers at St Margaret's Uniting Church Hall, 219 Hull Rd. Info: [email protected] ... Read more

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

April 8, 2018
Rochedale – Australia Rochedale, QLD Australia

Piping event at Rochedale High School, 10am. Info: 07 3397 4512.

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Glenbarr Bowman Bateman Foundation Highland Gathering

April 14, 2018
Strathalbyn, SA Australia

Celebrate Scotland at Glenbarr Homestead. Info: Vicki Clark 0411 969 679 or [email protected]

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Celtic Piping Club Session

April 15, 2018
Melbourne – Australia Melbourne, VIC Australia

Piping session, 2pm - 5pm, upstairs at the Exford Hotel, 199 Russell St (cnr Little Bourke). Info: [email protected]

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Craig Hill Live

April 18, 2018 - May 5, 2018
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

Scots funny man Craig Hill with the Someone's Gonna Get Kilt! shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Info: www.century.com.au/tours

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2018 Australian Clan Cameron Gathering

April 20, 2018 - April 22, 2018
Gold Coast, QLD Australia

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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Community Ceilidh

April 20, 2018
Red Hill, QLD Australia

Bring your friends and family for a night of joyful dancing to Brisbane's premiere Scottish ceilidh band at Red Hill Community Sports Club, 22 Fulcher Rd. Info: www.facebook.com/CeilidhClan

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Larry Dean Live

April 22, 2018
Melbourne – Australia Melbourne, VIC Australia

Amused Moose Comedy Award winner (EdFringe) and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2015, Larry Dean (SCO) makes his Auckland debut with his brand new hour of "Hysterical" (Herald Sun) comedy following his world stand-up tour and appearances on The Melbourne Comedy Allstars Gala 2016 & 2017. Info: www.larrydeancomedy.com/live

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Caledonian Society of WA Ceilidh

April 28, 2018
Inglewood, WA Australia

Dance and sing to Heel N Toe band, $20 non members. Supper supplied at Bob Daniels Community Centre, 895 Beafort St. Info: John 0427 990 754.

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Celtic Connections & Craft

April 29, 2018
Bridgewater on Loddon, VIC Australia

Celtic music, Celtic groups and crafts at Bridgewater on Loddon Town Hall. Info: Jenny 03 5437 3198 or [email protected]

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Kirking of the Tartan

April 29, 2018
Spring Hill – Australia Spring Hill, QLD Australia

Piping from 9:00am at St Paul's Presbyterian Church with the Scottish Clans Congress of Queensland. Info: 0412 090 990 or www.scottishclans.org.au

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May 2018

Brisbane Smallpipe Session

May 1, 2018
Milton, QLD Australia

Piping event. Info: Malcolm McLaren on (07) 3820-2902 or [email protected]

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Australian Celtic Festival

May 3, 2018 - May 6, 2018
Glen Innes, NSW Australia

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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Larry Dean Live

May 3, 2018 - May 5, 2018
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

Amused Moose Comedy Award winner (EdFringe) and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2015, Scots comic Larry Dean live at the Comedy Store with his brand new hour of "Hysterical" (Herald Sun) comedy following his world stand-up tour and appearances on The Melbourne Comedy Allstars Gala 2016 & 2017. Info: www.century.com.au/tours

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Scottish Clans & Societies of Victoria Annual Highland Ball

May 5, 2018
Coburg – Australia Coburg, VIC Australia

Scottish pipe band and Scottish dance display, dinner and more at Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St. Info: Bill Graham 03 8361 0308.

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

May 6, 2018
Rochedale – Australia Rochedale, QLD Australia

Come along and play a tune or just listen and discuss the classical music of the Highland Bagpipe at Rochedale State High School, 249 Priestdale Rd. Info: 07 3397 4512 or www.qhps.org

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Clan Macleod SA – Lunch and Cruise

May 6, 2018
Port Adelaide, SA Australia

Join us at 11:00 am on the Queen's Wharf under the red lighthouse for a 2 hour cruise along the historic Port River. The cruise departs 11:30am sharp. Enjoy lunch with members and friends of Clan MacLeod South Australia. Info: Nicole Walters 0415 654 836 or www.cmssa.org.au/calendar-of-events.html

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2018 Fremantle Highland Championships

May 6, 2018
Fremantle – Australia Fremantle, Australia

Presented by the Fremantle Sailing Club Pipes and Drums‎, a great day out with bagpipe solos, drumming solos, Highland dancing and bands playing alongside the Fremantle Sailing Club Marina. Info:  www.fsc.com.au/pipesanddrums

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Adelaide Pipers’ Gathering

May 7, 2018
Adelaide – Australia Adelaide, SA Australia

Piping event. Info: Jack Brennan [email protected]

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Scots College Solo, Mini Band & Pipe Band Competition

May 12, 2018
Warwick, QLD Australia

The competition will be hosted by the College on their Oxenham St Campus at Briggs Oval, with performances in the Solo, Mini Band and Pipe Band categories. Info: Sandy Dalziel: 07 4666 9811 or [email protected]

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Robert Burns Scottish Festival

May 18, 2018 - May 20, 2018
Camperdown – Australia Camperdown, NSW Australia

A fine weekend of music, dance and poetry celebrating Camperdown's unique link to Robert Burns. Info: Tel: 03 5593 7100 or www.camperdownburnsfestival.com

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Community Ceilidh

May 18, 2018
Red Hill, QLD Australia

Bring your friends and family for a night of joyful dancing to Brisbane's premiere Scottish ceilidh band at Red Hill Community Sports Club, 22 Fulcher Rd. Info: www.facebook.com/CeilidhClan

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World Whisky Day

May 19, 2018
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

A day of global whisky celebration, try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Info: www.worldwhiskyday.com

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Brunswick Scottish Society Social

May 19, 2018
Brunswick – Australia Brunswick, VIC Australia

Scottish music and friendship at Victoria Street Hall, Brunswick (next to Bowling Club). Enquiries: Bill Graham (03) 8361 0308.

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Celtic Piping Club Session

May 20, 2018
Melbourne – Australia Melbourne, VIC Australia

Piping session, 2pm - 5pm, upstairs at the Exford Hotel, 199 Russell St (cnr Little Bourke). Info: [email protected]

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Mighty Mini MacLeod SA Activity

May 20, 2018
Smithfield, SA Australia

Mighty Mini MacLeod and friends gather for an hour of fun at the 'Flip-out' activity centre, Muno Para. Followed by snacks and a chance to chat. Cost $15 pp or $10 for child under 130cm height. Meet at 2:45 for a 3:00pm sharp start at Tenancy 9, Munno Para Shopping City, 600 Main North Rd. ... Read more

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The 2018 Berry Celtic Festival

May 26, 2018
Berry – Australia Berry, NSW Australia

Celebrate Celtic cultures at the Berry Showground with plenty of entertainment, stalls, and more. Info: 02 4403 0300 or www.berryrotary.org.au/celtic-festival

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Scots on The Rocks – Chaotic Ceilidh

May 26, 2018
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) in The Rocks. Tickets $35pp. Info: 0435 154 433 or www.sotr.org.au/chaos

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Celtic Shindig

May 26, 2018
Morley – Australia Morley, WA Australia

A night of music and fun, presented by the Perth Metro Pipe Band, at Morley Sport & Recreation Centre, Wellington Rd. Info: www.facebook.com/perthmetropipeband

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Toowoomba Caledonian Society & Pipe Band Ceilidh

May 26, 2018
Toowoomba – Australia Toowoomba , QLD Australia

Come along & enjoy a night of Scottish entertainment. Listen to the pipe band, watch Highland dancing display & participate in Scottish Country Dancing. No experience required as all dancers are called. Cost of the evening is $10pp & Under 13 free, school-children over 13 $5.00 & a plate of food for supper at Drayton ... Read more

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Caledonian Society of WA May Ceilidh

May 26, 2018
Osbourne Park, WA Australia

Sing and dance to Heel N Toe band, $20 non members. Supper supplied at Osbourne Park Community Centre, 11 Royal St. Info: John 0427 990 754.

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2018 Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival

May 31, 2018 - June 3, 2018
Wingham – Australia Wingham, NSW Australia

Scottish concert, genealogy fair, Scottish ball, Highland Gathering and more. Info: Eric Richardson 02 6553-5412 or www.manninghistorical.org

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NSW MacLennan Clan Reunion

May 31, 2018
Wingham – Australia Wingham, NSW Australia

All McLennan descendants, family and friends welcome to share an evening at the Wingham Golf Club as part of 2018 Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival with the Clan of Honour. More and booking form at www.clanmaclennan-worldwide.com/aust or Bruce McLennan 0416 231 939.

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June 2018

Clan Davidson Society In Australia AGM

June 2, 2018
Wingham – Australia Wingham, NSW Australia

This year CDSA will be holding their AGM as part of the Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival. 5.00pm in the Services Club. Info: Geoff Davidson 0417 240 187.

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

June 3, 2018
Rochedale – Australia Rochedale, QLD Australia

Come along and play a tune or just listen and discuss the classical music of the Highland Bagpipe at Rochedale State High School, 249 Priestdale Rd. Info: 07 3397 4512 or www.qhps.org

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Brisbane Smallpipe Session

June 5, 2018
Milton, QLD Australia

Piping event. Info: Malcolm McLaren on (07) 3820-2902 or [email protected]

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The National Celtic Festival

June 8, 2018 - June 11, 2018
Portarlington, VIC Australia

Held over the June long weekend the festival offers a broad and diverse range of arts experiences that capture the Celtic culture in its many interpretations within the Australian setting. Info: 0473 345 870 or www.nationalcelticfestival.com

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The Ipswich Gathering of the Clans

June 9, 2018
Ipswich, QLD Australia

Ipswich's premier Celtic event, held annually since 1991 and includes the Queensland Pipe Band Championships with a day filled with markets, fun and entertainment at Limestone Park. Info: www.ipswichthistle.com

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Seymour College Pipe Band-Reflections

June 9, 2018
Norwood Australia

A musical celebration of traditional and contemporary Scottish music at Norwood Concert Hall. Info: [email protected]

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Community Ceilidh

June 15, 2018 - August 17, 2018
Red Hill, QLD Australia

Bring your friends and family for a night of joyful dancing to Brisbane's premiere Scottish ceilidh band at Red Hill Community Sports Club, 22 Fulcher Rd. Info: www.facebook.com/CeilidhClan

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The Sounds of Scotland Concert

June 16, 2018
Batemans Bay – Australia Batemans Bay, NSW Australia

Join The Canberra Burns Club Pipe Band for their all new concert "The Sounds of Scotland". Featuring a mix of Scotland's favourite tunes and modern classics at Batemans Bay Soldiers Club. Info: www.bcpb.com.au

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Amazing Grace The Concert

June 16, 2018
Norwood, SA Australia

Presented by the City of Adelaide Pipe Band at the Norwood Concert Hall, 175 The Parade. Info: www.bass.net.au or 131 246.

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Celtic Piping Club Session

June 17, 2018
Melbourne – Australia Melbourne, VIC Australia

Piping session, 2pm - 5pm, upstairs at the Exford Hotel, 199 Russell St (cnr Little Bourke). Info: [email protected]

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Townsville Tartan Day

June 17, 2018
Townsville, QLD Australia

The day the Scots of Townsville and everyone who loves all things Scottish come together for a free community event in conjunction with the Cotters Market. 'Tartan Day' is an International event that celebrates the lifting of the English ban that prevented the wearing of tartan from 1746 to 1782. Info: Marie 0413456542 or [email protected]

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Scots on The Rocks – Chaotic Ceilidh

June 23, 2018
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) in The Rocks. Tickets $35pp. Info: 0435 154 433 or www.sotr.org.au/chaos

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Scottish Week 2018

June 29, 2018 - July 7, 2018
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

A celebration of Scots heritage and culture in Australia with Honoured Guest – Grant Guthrie Davidson of Davidston and Madam Davidson. Events include: Burns Supper evening, Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan, Parliamentary Lunch in remembrance of Tartan Day and More. Info: www.scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au

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July 2018

Happy Tartan Day

July 1, 2018
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

Celebrate your Scottish heritage and wear some tartan today on the anniversary of the Repeal Proclamation of 1782 annulling the Act of Proscription of 1747, which had made wearing tartan an offense punishable.

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

July 1, 2018
Rochedale, QLD Australia

Come along and play a tune or just listen and discuss the classical music of the Highland Bagpipe at Rochedale State High School, 249 Priestdale Rd. Info: 07 3397 4512 or www.qhps.org

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Scottish Heritage Centre of WA Kirking of the Tartan

July 1, 2018
Fremantle – Australia Fremantle, Australia

The Kirking of the Tartan church service is being held at 2pm at Scots Church, Cnr Parry Street & South Terrace. This is an important event which celebrates Scottish traditions and culture. For bookings for the afternoon tea to follow in the church hall ($5 a head), phone 08 9457 1945 (Shirley Oliver) or 08 ... Read more

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Adelaide Pipers’ Gathering

July 2, 2018
Adelaide, SA Australia

Piping event. Info: Jack Brennan [email protected]

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Brisbane Smallpipe Session

July 3, 2018
Milton, QLD Australia

Piping event. Info: Malcolm McLaren on (07) 3820-2902 or [email protected]

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CoHHPB Winter Gathering

July 6, 2018
Hobart – Australia Hobart, TAS Australia

Presented by the City of Hobart Highland Pipe Band with bagpipes, whisky tasting and fun at the Hobart Function and Conference Centre. Info: [email protected] or 0418 107 175.

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Aberdeen Highland Games

July 7, 2018
Aberdeen – Australia Aberdeen, NSW Australia

Fun for all the family with Clans, Highland and country dancing, pipe bands, Tartan Warriors,  Kilted Dash and more. One of Australia’s top Scottish events at Jefferson Park. Info: 02 6540 1300 or www.aberdeenhighlandgames.com

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International Tartan Day Ball

July 7, 2018
Fremantle – Australia Fremantle, Australia

Presented by The Scottish Masonic Charitable Foundation of WA Inc with music, food and friendship.  A night where people of the community can come together as one and enjoy some Scottish traditions at the Esplanade Hotel. Info: 0433 707 716 or www.smcfwa.com.au

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City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band 120th Anniversary Gala Ball

July 7, 2018
Melbourne, VIC Australia

This special event for the Band will include canapes and drinks on arrival, two course dinner with entertainment by Borderline Kaylee and the City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band. Info: www.melbournepipeband.com.au

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Tartan Day Celebrations

July 7, 2018
Tusmore, SA Australia

Enjoy a day of Scottish entertainment to celebrate Tartan Day. Experience Scottish music, dancing, bagpipes, haggis and more at Burnside Library, 401 Greenhill Rd. Info: 08 8366 4280 or [email protected]

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Tartan Night

July 7, 2018
Exeter, SA Australia

An evening of Scottish Country dancing. BYO. Shared Basket Supper at The Port Adelaide Caledonian Society Hall, 189 Semaphore Rd. Info: 0481 581 298.

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Australia Winter School

July 8, 2018 - July 15, 2018
Shoal Bay, NSW Australia

RSCDS Hunter Valley Branch is hosting the 43rd Australian Winter School at Shoal Bay. Come and enjoy a fun filled week of Scottish country dancing with great teachers and musicians. Info: www.hvws2018.com

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The Bay City Rollers featuring Les McKeown

July 11, 2018 - August 2, 2018
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

One of Scotland's top music exports returns for a nationwide tour of Australia as part of the World Hits Tour 2018. Info: www.metropolistouring.com

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Mackay Bluewater Fling 2018

July 14, 2018
Mackay, QLD

Hosted by Mackay & District Pipe Band with pipe bands, highland dancers, and lots of fun at Bluewater Quay. Info: www.mackaypipeband.com.au

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Celtic Piping Club Session

July 15, 2018
Melbourne, VIC Australia

Piping session, 3pm - 5:30pm, upstairs at The Last Jar - 616 Elizabeth Street (cnr Queensberry St). Info: [email protected]

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Melbourne Tartan Festival

July 19, 2018 - July 22, 2018
Melbourne – Australia Melbourne, VIC Australia

Celebrate Scottish culture at a variety of Scottish themed events across the city. Info: 0417 125 013 or www.melbournetartanfestival.com.au

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International Tartan Day

July 21, 2018
Brisbane – Australia Brisbane, QLD Australia

Free event at King George Square with massed piped bands, Scottish Highland and Country dancing, music and vocalists and Scottie Dog mascots. With Clans, Scottish food & wares and more. Info: www.aussie-scots.org.au

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Pipers Society Jimmy Durham Memorial Solo Competition

July 23, 2018
Toowong – Australia Toowong, QLD Australia

2/4 March competition for young players who have not previously won the event at Regatta Hotel. Info: www.pipebandsqld.org

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August 2018

Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

August 5, 2018
Ipswich, QLD Australia

Come along and play a tune or just listen and discuss the classical music of the Highland Bagpipe at Ipswich Pipe Band Hall, lion & Moffat Sts. Info: 07 3397 4512 or www.qhps.org

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Learn Scottish Country Dancing

August 6, 2018 - September 24, 2018
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

Eight week course aimed at beginners (and improvers). Learn the basic steps and formations along with some simple but fun Scottish country dances. A great way to keep fit and make friends. Classes will then continue with casual/weekly payment options, welcoming batches of new dancers at specified intervals. Once you feel confident you can progress ... Read more

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Seymour College Highland Dancers and Pipe Band Scots Night

August 11, 2018
Glen Osmond, SA Australia

A night of music, dancing, games and haggis tasting, featuring Celtic trio Telenn Tri in the Sports Centre, 546 Portrush Rd. Dress with a touch of tartan. Book at www.trybooking.com/389537

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Hunter Valley Scots Club Caledonian Night

August 11, 2018
Argenton, NSW Australia

Ceilidh night with Scottish Highland and Country dancing, music by Stringfiddle and Newcastle RSL Pipe Band at Club Macquarie. Info: Robyn Smith 02 4959 5123 or www.hvsc.org.au

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Scots in the Bush

August 16, 2018 - August 19, 2018
Boondooma – Australia Boondooma, QLD Australia

The Boondooma Highland Games at historic Boondooma Homestead with Celtic music, stalls, ceilidh, Scottish food, pipe bands and Kirkin O' the Tartan. Info: 07 4168 0159 or www.boondoomahomestead.org.au

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Clan MacLeod SA Annual Luncheon

August 19, 2018
Novar Gardens, SA

A convivial lunch with panoramic overlooking the striking greens of Glenelg Golf Course. Scottish dancers, pipe music, Clan displays, haggis and guest speakers entertain guests during the annual Clan MacLeod luncheon. Book your tickets for individuals or tables of 8 through Nicole Walters, Secretary, Clan MacLeod SA. Info: 0415 654 836 or [email protected] or see ... Read more

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Toowoomba Caledonian Society & Pipe Band Ceilidh

August 25, 2018
Toowoomba – Australia Toowoomba , QLD Australia

Come along & enjoy a night of Scottish entertainment. Listen to the pipe band, watch Highland dancing display & participate in Scottish Country Dancing. No experience required as all dancers are called. Cost of the evening is $10pp & Under 13 free, school-children over 13 $5.00 & a plate of food for supper at Drayton ... Read more

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Barrier Reef Highland Dancing Championships

August 25, 2018
Kirwin, QLD Australia

Highland dance competitions at Emmaus Hall, Ryan Catholic College, Canterbury Rd. Info: 0400 932 346.

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Queensland Highland Pipers Society Social

August 27, 2018
Toowong, QLD Australia

At the Walrus Bar, Regatta Hotel. Info: 07 3397 4512.

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Celtic Celebrations

August 30, 2018
Ipswich, QLD Australia

A little bit of Irish & a wee bit of Scottish. A morning Celtic show featuring the beautiful mezzo soprano voice of Kathleen Moore, and the hilarious stand-up comedy of Bubble at Ipswich Civic Centre, 50 Nicholas St. Info: www.ipswichciviccentre.com.au

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Community Ceilidh

August 31, 2018
Red Hill, QLD Australia

Bring your friends and family for a night of joyful dancing to Brisbane's premiere Scottish ceilidh band at Red Hill Community Sports Club, 22 Fulcher Rd. Info: www.facebook.com/CeilidhClan

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September 2018

Scottish Pipes & Drums Concert

September 1, 2018
Hawthorn, VIC Australia

The Scotch College, Hawthorn and Old Scotch Pipes and Drums bands will be performing a concert at the Geoffrey McComas Theatre, Scotch College. The concert will showcase the talents of current Scotch boys and Old Boys who continue to play beyond their school years at a entertaining evening of Scottish music. Tickets are just $5 ... Read more

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Ipswich Piping and Drumming Solo Championships (IPADS)

September 8, 2018
Ipswich, QLD Australia

Piping and drumming competition hosted by Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band at Ipswich RSL Sub Branch, 63 Nicholas St. Info: www.ipswichthistle.com

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2018 Knox Highland Gathering

September 8, 2018 - September 9, 2018
Wahroonga, NSW Australia

Knox Solo and Band Contest, includes A Grade Piping Solos at Knox Grammar School, 2 Borambil St. Info: Judith McGhie: 02 9487 0420 or [email protected]

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Armadale Highland Gathering and the Perth Kilt Run

September 9, 2018
Armadale – Australia 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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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

September 9, 2018
Ipswich, QLD Australia

Piping event at Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band Hall, cnr Lion & Moffat Sts., Limstone Park. Info: 07 3397 4512.

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Scots on The Rocks – Chaotic Ceilidh

September 15, 2018
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 in The Rocks. Includes supper (BYO alcohol). Tickets $35pp. bInfo: 0435 154 433 or www.sotr.org.au/chaos

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Clans on the Coast Celtic Festival

September 15, 2018
Nelson Bay – Australia Nelson Bay, NSW Australia

Everything from Scottish pipe bands, Celtic bands, Caber Toss, Tug-Of-War, Celtic dancers, Highland dancers, Celtic choir and more at Tomaree Sports Complex, Dick Burwell Oval AFL field. Info: Ron Swan on 0418 495 336 or www.clansonthecoast.com.au

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Sydney Thistle Pipe Band Centenary Ceilidh & Ball

September 22, 2018
Kensington, NSW Australia

Celebrate with Sydney Thistle Pipe Band at UNSW Roundhouse, Anzac Parade with pipe band performances and 2 course meal. Info: [email protected] or www.trybooking.com/WRZS

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City of Port Adelaide Highland Dancing Championships

September 22, 2018
Enfield, SA Australia

Highland dancing competitions and events at St Gabriel's Catholic Primary School, Whittington St. Info: 08 8281 9680.

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Brisbane Boys Colleage Solo and Mini Band Contest

September 22, 2018
Toowong, QLD Australia

Pipes & drums competitions and events at Brisbane Boys College, Moggill Rd. Info: 07 3359 4512.

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Celtic Piping Club Session

September 23, 2018
Melbourne, VIC Australia

Piping session, 3pm - 5:30pm, upstairs at The Last Jar - 616 Elizabeth Street (cnr Queensberry St). Info: [email protected]

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Pipers Society International Piping Recital

September 24, 2018
Toowong, QLD Australia

Bagpipe performances at the Regatta Hotel, 543 Coronation Dr. Info: www.pipebandsqld.org

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Stringmania

September 30, 2018 - October 7, 2018
Warburton East, VIC Australia

A collaboration between Scottish Fiddler Alasdair Fraser and the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Stringmania is a celebration and exploration of the traditional arts - music, dance, language and song. Info: www.stringmaniacamp.com

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October 2018

Clan Mackenzie National Gathering

October 5, 2018 - October 7, 2018
Canberra , ACT Australia

Calling all Mackenzies and Septs to join together in a chance to delve into your family history and meet fellow clan members.This event is in conjunction with the Canberra Highland Gathering in Kambah including the Saturday night Ceilidh at the Burns Club. New members and families are welcome. Please contact Secretary Geraldine Fennessy: 0408 507 ... Read more

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Canberra Burns Club Highland Gathering

October 6, 2018
Canberra , ACT Australia

A free day of Scottish events includes the ACT Pipe Band Championships, Scottish heavy events, Scottish dance and stalls. A great day of Scottish fun and friendship at Kett Street Oval,  Kambah. Info: www.canberragathering.com.au

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A Braw Scots Night 2018

October 6, 2018
Brisbane – Australia Brisbane, QLD Australia

Clan Campbell Society Australia, Queensland's annual celebration dinner. Celebrate your Clan at the Clan Ceilidh at Riverside Receptions, 50 Oxlade Dr. Info: Peter Spencer: [email protected] or 0403 370 332.

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

October 7, 2018
Ipswich, QLD Australia

Come along and play a tune or just listen and discuss the classical music of the Highland Bagpipe at Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band Hall, cnr Lion & Moffat Sts., Limstone Park. Info: 07 3397 4512.

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Develop Your Scottish Country Dancing

October 8, 2018 - November 26, 2018
The Rocks, NSW Australia

Class for newer dancers who have already done a beginners course (or done at least a few weeks of SCD). Dancers who wish to revise or improve at this easier level are also very welcome. Pay for a course of 8 weeks or pay by the night. At Fort Street Public School, Upper Fort St. ... Read more

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Annual luncheon hosted by Clan Donald, Clan MacFarlane and Clan MacNeil

October 14, 2018
Felixstow, SA Australia

All Scottish clan families and those of you who enjoy Scottish culture and entertainment with haggis will be served during the lunch, entertainment from piper Hamy Marcelin and a display of highland dancing at the Fogolar Furlane Italian Reception Centre. Info: 08 8258 5756 or [email protected]

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Sounds of Scotland – The Journey

October 19, 2018
Toowong, QLD Australia

Fresh from performing at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Brisbane Boys’ College Pipe Bands join with local musicians and dancers to present their Sounds of Scotland variety concert. Come along for a great night of Scottish entertainment at Brisbane Boys' College (BBC), Kensington Terrace. Info: (07) 3309 3500 or [email protected]

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Outlander Fan Gathering

October 20, 2018 - October 21, 2018
Glen Innes, NSW Australia

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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Illawarra Scottish Fair

October 21, 2018
Kanahooka, NSW Australia

** This event has been cancelled due to wet grounds** 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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Family Ceilidh [RSCDS]

October 21, 2018
Leichhardt, NSW Australia

Simple Scottish dances for all the family to enjoy. Aimed at including children. No experience required, all dances will be walked through. Refreshments afterwards at Leichhardt Town Hall 107 Norton St. Info: www.trybooking.com/XAXU or [email protected]

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Pipers Society Julie Appleton-Seymour Memorial Competition

October 27, 2018
Brisbane – Australia Brisbane, QLD Australia

Invitational Hornpipe and Jig competition at Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, St Lucia. Info: [email protected]

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Weary Dunlop Dinner

October 27, 2018
Melbourne, VIC Australia

The Patron Malcolm Murry the 12th Earl of Dunmore and the Chairman of the Board of Governors Simon Abney-Hastings the 15th Earl of Loudoun on behalf of St Andrew’s First Aid Australia (SAFAA) and The Weary Dunlop Foundation present the Weary Dunlop Dinner at The Kelvin Club Melbourne. Info: St. Andrew's First Aid 0413 932 ... Read more

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November 2018

Annual Celtic Awards Dinner

November 2, 2018
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

Hosted by Celtic Council of Australia, honouring the Celtic community, supper and The Argyll Highland & Irish Dancers and piper at The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169-171 Castlereagh St. Info: www.celticcouncil.org.au

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Central Coast Scottish Spectacular

November 4, 2018
Gosford – Australia Gosford, NSW Australia

This Scottish Highland Gathering will be held at The Entertainment Grounds and will feature the NSW Pipe Band Championships, and the Central Coast Scottish National Dancing Titles. Info: www.scottishspectacular.com

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Recital Day

November 4, 2018
Rochedale, QLD Australia

Piping event at Rochedale High School, 10am. Info: 07 3397 4512.

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Scottish Gaelic Conversation

November 7, 2018 - November 21, 2018
Sydney – Australia 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 beautifu language, at Sydney ... Read more

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Beechworth Celtic Festival

November 9, 2018 - November 11, 2018
Beechworth, VIC

Bands will play at various locations across the weekend with the Old Gaol Tattoo within the walls of the Old Beechworth Gaol. Info: www.beechworthcelticfestival.com.au

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Ceilidh in the Forest [RSCDS]

November 10, 2018
Forestville, NSW Australia

Sydney Scottish Country Dance Society invites you to an evening of fun social dancing, accompanied by the magical music of Iain Mackenzie on accordion. Come along, bring a drink, enjoy the music and join the dance, no experience or Scottish heritage required. At Forestville Senior Citizens Centre, 2 Starkey St Info: www.trybooking.com/WTAO or [email protected]

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Castlemaine Ceilidh

November 17, 2018
Castlemaine, VIC Australia

Swing with your sweetheart, dance a reel with the rellies, fling with your friends, grab a group for the Gay Gordon, do it with Castlemaine Highland Pipe Band. They have the wonderful Borderline Kaylee coming from Melbourne to entertain us, including a dance caller, so no worries id you don't know the moves! Borderline Kaylee ... Read more

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Introduction to Early Medieval Scotland study day

November 17, 2018
Newcastle, NSW Australia

An illustrated overview of the history, religion, archaeology, art, language and literature of Scotland in the fifth to ninth centuries at Travelodge Hotel Newcastle 12 Steel St. Info: https://celticlearningcomau.wordpress.com/events/

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Who were the Celts? seminar

November 18, 2018
Newcastle, NSW Australia

A short introduction to the culture of the Celts, focussing on Iron-Age language, art and archaeology at Travelodge Hotel Newcastle, 12 Steel St. Info: https://celticlearningcomau.wordpress.com/events/

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Modern Piping comes to Sydney

November 24, 2018
Pennant Hills, NSW Australia

The New South Wales Pipe Band Association is proud to present Lincoln Hilton. Modern Piping a movement geared towards pushing the boundaries of pipes at Pennant Hills Bowling Club. Info: [email protected]

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St Andrew’s Day Highland Dancing Championships, Competition and Titles

November 24, 2018
Toowoomba – Australia Toowoomba , QLD Australia

Highland dancing events and competitions at Salo Centre, St Ursula's College, Rome St. Info: 07 4637 0047.

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St Andrew’s Ceilidh

November 24, 2018
Parap, NT Australia

Come and celebrate St Andrew's Day with the Arafura Scottish Country Dancers. Enjoy the fun of great Ceilidh dancing—beginners welcome. Be entertained by the Darwin & Districts Pipes & Drums with toe tapping music from Murphy and Friends Folk Band. Delight in the variety of traditional Scottish fare. Listen in awe to Robbie Burns’ traditional ... Read more

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St. Andrew’s Night

November 24, 2018
Toowoomba – Australia Toowoomba , QLD Australia

Toowoomba Caledonian Society & Pipe Band is celebrating St. Andrew's Night starting at 7pm in the Drayton Hall, Brisbane St. Come along & enjoy a night of Scottish entertainment. Learn all the favourite dances (All called). Cost of the evening is $10pp Adults, School-aged children over 13 $5.00 & under 13 free & please bring ... Read more

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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Cinema

November 24, 2018 - November 25, 2018
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will hit the big screen in Australia for the first time. Audiences will enjoy a 90 minute programme of 2018’s show, ‘The Sky’s the Limit’. The world renowned Tattoo is full of pageantry, military precision, innovation, storyline, music and more and one of the top live experiences in the world. ... Read more

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Exploring Celtic Art seminar

November 24, 2018
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

A lavishly illustrated exploration of Celtic art motifs and techniques through the ages. Explore the best, most intriguing and quirkiest of Celtic manuscripts, sculpture and metalwork of the bronze age, iron age and early medieval period at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St. Info: https://celticlearningcomau.wordpress.com/events/

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Drawing Celtic Knots workshop

November 24, 2018
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

Learn the basic design techniques of Celtic knotwork, as seen in manuscripts such as the Book of Kells. Draw your own Celtic knots as we guide you through the steps. Take home your own piece of original Celtic artwork, at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St. Info: https://celticlearningcomau.wordpress.com/events/

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Modern Piping comes to Newcastle

November 25, 2018
Newcastle – Australia Newcastle, NSW Australia

The New South Wales Pipe Band Association is proud to present Lincoln Hilton. Modern Piping a movement geared towards pushing the boundaries of pipes at Mex Club, Mayfield. Info: [email protected]

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A Celtic Affair

November 25, 2018
Castle Hill, NSW Australia

Official 40th Anniversary CD launch and Celtic Concert by the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band, featuring singing sensation, violinist and guitarist Eileen McCann at Pioneer Theatre, 12-14 Pennant St. Adults: $25/Pensioners/Under 18: $18. Info and tickets: 0426 134 058 or www.trybooking.com/XFUY

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Adelaide Scottish Fiddle Club Annual Concert

November 25, 2018

2pm at the Mitcham Village Institute, Cnr Princes Rd and Torrens St. Tickets: $15 $10 Concession Students  Under 12 free. Afternoon tea included. Info: [email protected]

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Queensland Highland Pipers Society Social & Jack McCandlish Memorial Contest

November 26, 2018
Toowong, QLD Australia

At the Walrus Bar, Regatta Hotel. Info: 07 3397 4512.

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Community Ceilidh

November 30, 2018
Red Hill, QLD Australia

Celebrate St Andrews Day! Bring your friends and family for a night of joyful dancing to Brisbane's premiere Scottish ceilidh band at Red Hill Community Sports Club, 22 Fulcher Rd. Info: www.facebook.com/CeilidhClan

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Happy St. Andrew’s Day

November 30, 2018
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 Scottish Evening

November 30, 2018
Wongawallan, QLD Australia

Celebrate St Andrews Day with live pipes, food and fun at the Fox & Hounds Country Inn, 7 Elevation Dr. Info: 07 5665 7582 or www.foxandhounds.net.au

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Saint Andrew Society of Western Australia 2018 St Andrew’s Day Ball

November 30, 2018
Perth, WA Australia

This year's ball, as well as celebrating St Andrew's Day, celebrates the 80th anniversary of the St Andrew Society of Western Australia, which was formed with the express purpose of celebrating St Andrew's Day back in 1938. The 2018 ball will be held in the Grand River Ballroom at the Pan Pacific Hotel at 207 ... Read more

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Society of St. Andrew of Scotland (Qld) 71st Annual Men’s Dinner

November 30, 2018
Brisbane – Australia Brisbane, QLD Australia

Celebrate the Patron Saint of Scotland with bagpipes, song, haggis and more at Pullman Hotel, King George Square. Info: www.standrewsociety.com

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St Andrew’s Night Social

November 30, 2018
Woodville, SA Australia

Celebrate St Andrew's night with the Bydand Scottish Country Dance Class, enjoying a program of tartan and placename Scottish Dances at St Margaret's Church Hall, cnr Port Road and Woodville Rd. Info: www.rscdsadelaide.org.au

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December 2018

Daylesford Highland Gathering

December 1, 2018
Daylesford – Australia Daylesford, VIC Australia

Enjoy a wee bit of Scotland, the event includes a Street March, then a full days drumming, piping and dancing at the picturesque Victoria Park. Info: www.daylesfordhighland.com

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Claymore & Eric Bogle

December 1, 2018
St Kilda, VIC Australia

Celtic rockers Claymore and internationally acclaimed folk singer-songwriter Eric Bogle join forces for one special night at Memo Music Hall, 88 Acland St. Info: www.claymore.org

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

December 2, 2018
Ipswich, QLD Australia

Piping event at Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band Hall, Cnr Lion & Moffatt Sts. Info: 07 3397 4512.

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Holy Islands – Iona and Lindisfarne Study Day

December 2, 2018
Weston, ACT Australia

At the centre of Saint Columba’s federation of monasteries and churches, the island of Iona was a centre of learning. Spend the first half of this study day with this beautiful island and its intriguing history, at Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson St. Info: www.celticlearningcomau.wordpress.com/events/

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Book of Kells Study Day

December 8, 2018
Thirroul, NSW Australia

The Book of Kells is a beautiful, illuminated manuscript made around 750, probably on Iona, Scotland. In this day-long event, we will consider the context of the church in Ireland and Scotland, and the relationship of the Book of Kells to Saint Columba, at Thirroul Community Centre, 352 Lawrence Hargraves Dr. Info: www.celticlearningcomau.wordpress.com/events/

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Clan Douglas Australia Annual Gathering

December 8, 2018
Canberra , ACT Australia

Includes a presentation to the Burns Club with a Clan Douglas plaque to add to their collection. Meet members of the Scottish community at the Canberra Burns Club. Info: [email protected]

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Celtic Christmas Crafts & Traditions Workshop

December 15, 2018
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

Learn about Christmas traditions in the Celtic countries. Write a Christmas greeting in your medieval or modern Celtic language of choice. Hosted by Australian School of Celtic Learning at Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts 280 Pitt t. Info: www.celticlearningcomau.wordpress.com

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Khancoban Carols Pipes and Drums

December 15, 2018
Khancoban, NSW Australia

Presented by Tumbarumba Pipe Band and Khancoban Alpine Inn. A free evening of Celtic and Christmas music, including pipes culminating in Massed Pipe Band performances throughout the evening. Info: Joanne Lorimar 0417 219 743.

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A Celtic Christmas

December 22, 2018
Thornbury, VIC Australia

Scottish rockers Claymore are bringing together some of their musical mates for a special evening of entertainment with fantastic special guests Colin Lillie, Saoirse, the Hawthorn City Pipe Band and the Glenbrae Celtic Dancers at The Thornbury Theatre, 859 High St. Info: 03 9484 9831 or [email protected]

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Happy Christmas

December 25, 2018
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

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

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Caledonian Castaways “pre-Hogmanay” show

December 30, 2018
St Kilda, VIC Australia

Traditional Scottish celebration – Untraditional Scottish band. Caledonian Castaways are a group of ex-pat Scots drawn from Melbourne’s blues/roots scene. Their original material covers amusing and heart warming stories about their various journeys from Scotland to Australia at Memo Music Hall, 88 Acland St. Info:  https://www.memomusichall.com.au/memo-gig/the-caledonian-castaways-pre-hogmanay-show/

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Happy Hogmanay

December 31, 2018
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 2019!

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January 2019

The Maryborough Highland Gathering

January 1
Maryborough – Australia Maryborough, VIC Australia

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

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National Shortbread Day

January 6
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

Celebrate the classic Scottish treat today! Shortbread is so named because of its crumbly texture which is caused by its high-fat content, provided by the butter.   “Shortening” is its related word that refers to any fat that may be added to produce a “short” (crumbly) texture.

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Scottish Gaelic Poetry Seminar

January 12
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

Poetry is a fascinating and beautiful way in to language and culture. In this half-day seminar, we will read and discuss a selection of Scottish Gaelic poems and songs in Gaelic with English translations. No knowledge of Gaelic is required, at Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt St. Info: www.celticlearningcomau.wordpress.com

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Who were the Celts? Study Day

January 13
Weston, ACT Australia

A day-long introduction to the culture of the Celts, focussing on bronze-age, iron-age and early medieval language, art and archaeology. Prented by the Australian School of Celtic Learning at Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson St. Info: www.celticlearningcomau.wordpress.com

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Hunter Valley Scots Burns Night

January 19
Argenton, NSW Australia

Celebrate Robert Burns with the Hunter Valley Scots Club at Club Macquarie with food, music and dance. Info: www.huntervalleyscotsclub.org.au

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Celtic Illuminated Manuscripts Study Day

January 19
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

Spend a day looking at early medieval Celtic illuminated manuscripts from the modest Book of Mulling to the extravagant Book of Kells. Our list will include Scotland’s only securely identified example, the Book of Deer, together with better- and lesser-known examples from various parts of Great Britain and Ireland, at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, ... Read more

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Burns Supper Dance

January 19
Gaythorne, QLD Australia

Presented by the Brisbane Clans Pipes and Drums at Gaythorne RSL. Info: 07 3369 2232.

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Summer “Keep in Touch” Dance

January 19
Melville, WA Australia

RSCDS Western Australia Branch invites you to a  Summer “Keep in Touch” Dance at Melville Uniting Church Hall , 64 Kitchener Rd. Come along and catch up with your friends and  enjoy dancing in the air-conditioned hall. Info: www.rscdswa.com

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Mornington Peninsula Caledonian Society Burns Supper

January 19
Mornington – Australia Mornington, VIC Australia

Celebrate Robert Burns and Scotland at the Mornington Golf Club, wear some tartan and enjoy Scottish food, music and friends. Info: Alice Rooney 0488 600 655 or [email protected]

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Burns Supper

January 25
Wongawallan, QLD Australia

Includes the Address the Haggis, 3 course dinner, music and more at the Fox & Hounds Country Inn, 7 Elevation Dr. Info: 07 5665 7582 or www.foxandhounds.net.au

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Happy Burns Night

January 25
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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Burns Night

January 25
Hobart – Australia Hobart, TAS Australia

Join the City of Hobart Pipe Band to toast the Immortal Memory. Whisky, haggis, bagpipes, The Iain MacLeod Ceilidh Band, dancing for everyone, fine company and excellent craic. Info: www.cohhpb.org.au

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Burns Supper

January 25
Perth, WA Australia

Presented by the Saint Andrew Society of Western Australia  at the Parmelia Hilton. Info: www.saintandrew.org.au

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Burns Supper with Mary Kiani & friends

January 25
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

Celebrate Robert Burns and all things Scottish - A great gathering. with Address the Haggis, Whiskey for the toast, Haggis Neeps n Tatties & Cranachan desert, Highland dancing - Bag pipes & drums, Live singers & guest speakers where the lads take on the lassies, Loads of laughs and lots of banter. A fairly traditional ... Read more

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Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band Burns Supper Ceilidh

January 26
Ipswich, QLD Australia

Enjoy our traditional Burns Supper Ceilidh, and celebrate the life of Rabbie Burns. Including a traditional supper while you are captivated by the address to the haggis and all the formalities at Ipswich Masonic Lodge, 82A Nicholas St. Info: [email protected] or 0429 362 142.

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Australia Day ceilidh

January 26
Inglewood, WA Australia

The Caledonian Society of WA invites you to celebrate Australia day with us. Bagpipes, ceilidh band, dancing and supper! All welcome, especially families at Bob Daniels Community Centre, 895 Beaufort St. Info: [email protected]

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February 2019

SAHC Macquarie’s (257th) Birthday Dinner

February 1
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

Major General Lachlan Macquarie, CB (31 January 1762 – 1 July 1824) was a colonial administrator from Scotland. Macquarie served as the fifth and last autocratic Governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821, and had a leading role in the social, economic and architectural development of the colony, celebrate at this dinner at  ... Read more

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Port Adelaide Caledonian Society Robert Burns Supper

February 2
Exeter, SA Australia

Celebrate with haggis, bagpipes, and great company at the PACS Hall, 189 Semaphore Rd. Info: Chief Jenny Niven for 0400 896 131.

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Robert Burns Supper

February 2
Canberra , ACT Australia

Celebrate 260 years of Robert Burns with a supper from 6.30pm. Complimentary food & whisky tasting available & ladies drink for free at The Burns Club, 28 Kett St, Kambah. Info: Ph: (02) 6296 2425 or  www.burnsclub.com.au

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Burns at Carlyle 2019

February 2
Condon, QLD Australia

A Scottish evening to celebrate the birthday of Rabbie Burns.The well-appointed Carlton Theatre at Carlyle Gardens, North Beck Drive will be transformed into a banquet room in Alloway, Scotland in the late 1700s. Hosted by Townsville Scottish Community Inc. Info: www.facebook.com/events/226523861457966

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Robert Burns Club of Melbourne Burns Supper

February 2
Melbourne, VIC Australia

At The Glenroy RSL, includes a three course meal including the haggis. The Address to the Haggis, The Immortal Memory, and Toast to the Lassies and Response. Old time and Scottish country dancing music. Info: Ina Graham on 03 8361 0308 or [email protected]

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

February 3
Ipswich, QLD Australia

Piping event at Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band Hall, cnr Lion & Moffat Sts. Info: 07 3398 4659.

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Learn Scottish Country Dancing with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

February 4 - March 25
Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

Eight week course aimed at beginners (and improvers). Learn the basic steps and formations along with some simple but fun Scottish country dances. A great way to keep fit and make friends. No partner required at Fort Street Public School, The Rocks. Info: www.trybooking.com/445875 or Diana, 0413542552, [email protected]

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A Night of Robert Burns

February 9
Lyons, NT Australia

Celebrating the life and works of Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns, in poetry, song and dance at Tracy Village Social and Sports Club Bistro, 28 Tambling Tce. Info: Moyston Wright 0487 407 672 or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-of-robert-burns-tickets-52244541831?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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2019 SQRCHDI Workshop

February 9
Manly West, QLD Australia

South Queensland Regional Committee of Highland Dancing are once again thrilled to host a fun-filled weekend of highland dancing to kick start your dancing year. An educational, inspirational and social program at Moreton Bay College, Hargreaves Rd, Manly West. Info:   www.highlanddancecomps.com.au

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Canberra and District Scottish Country Dancing Annual Picnic Dance

February 9
Hall, ACT Australia

Scottish Country Dancing at Hall Village Pavillion, 21 Gladstone St, with music by Canberra Scottish Fiddlers. Info: www.rscds-canberra.org

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Claymore Live

February 9
St Kilda, VIC Australia

This enigmatic band of multi-instrumentalists not only manages to combine traditional elements of Celtic music, but they take that passion and soul and rock it right into the 21st century at The Fyrefly, 34 Ikerman St. Info: www.facebook.com/events/283269458997005

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Scottish Gaelic Retreat

February 15 - February 17
Callala Beach, NSW Australia

Spend a weekend immersed in Scottish Gaelic at beautiful Callala Beach on the NSW South Coast. Formal Gaelic language classes will be interspersed with gentle walks on the beach, cooking traditional Scottish dishes and enjoying the outdoors – all in Gaelic. No prior knowledge of Gaelic required. Info: www.celticlearningcomau.wordpress.com

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Brunswick Scottish Society Burns Supper

February 16
Melbourne, VIC Australia

Immortal Memory of Robert Burns, haggis and more at Fleming Park Hall, 98 Victoria St. Info: 03 8361 0308.

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Richmond Highland Gathering

February 17
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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Gosford Opening Social

February 23
Gosford, NSW Australia

Presented by the Gosford Scottish Country Dancers at East Gosford Progress Hall, cnr Henry Parry Drive & Wells Streets. Info: Janice 4388 2253.

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Ceilidh

February 23
Inglewood, WA Australia

The Caledonian Society of WA invites you to our ceilidh. Bagpipes, band, dancing and supper! All welcome, including families. Info: [email protected]

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March 2019

Liverpool Plains Military Tattoo

March 2
Quirindi, NSW Australia

The event aims to showcase military bands in both a competition and exhibition format, and pays homage to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Longfield Oval Sporting Precinct, Henry St. Info: [email protected] or www.liverpoolplainsmilitarytattoo.com.au

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Scots Day Out

March 2
Bendigo – Australia Bendigo, VIC Australia

Scots Day Out will be a day filled with fun, tartan, Scottish entertainment and events and it’s free, at Rosalind Park. Info: www.scotsdayout.com

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

March 3
Ipswich, QLD Australia

Piping event at Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band Hall, cnr Lion & Moffat Sts. Info: 07 3398 4659.

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Danny Bhoy-Age of Fools Tour

March 4 - May 3
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy returns to Australia with a brand new show in 2019. Don’t miss this chance to see this internationally-renowned and critically-acclaimed comic, who sells out tours all over the world with his unique brand of observational storytelling at various capital cities. Info: www.abpresents.com.au

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[email protected] Spotted Mallard

March 7
Brunswick – Australia Brunswick, VIC Australia

Twice voted Scottish Traditional Music's 'Live Act of the Year,' Skerryvore continue their EVO world tour with a typically high energy set in Brunswick's 'Spotted Mallard.' The eight piece lineup's performance will include a mix of soulful songs with breathtaking, foot-stomping tune sets at the Spotted Mallard, 314 Sydney Rd. Info: www.skerryvore.com/tour

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International Bagpipe Day

March 10
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

This is a day initiated by The Bagpipe Society to celebrate the world’s many bagpipes and piping traditions. Every March 10th you are invited to go out and play your pipes – anywhere, anyhow to anyone!

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Cairns Celtic Craic

March 16 - March 17
Cairns, QLD Australia

The Craic will be mighty this St.Patrick’s Day weekend with Scottish Celtic Rock sensation - Claymore, plus Irish Australian superstar  Aria award winning Damien Leith at Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, 35-41 Wharf St. Info: www.facebook.com/ClaymoreMusic

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Highland Roots – Tracing Your Scottish Heritage

March 16
Townsville, QLD Australia

Highland genealogy seminar with internationally recognised historian and genealogist from Scotland, Graeme Mackenzie at Brothers Leagues Club. Info: Marie 0413 456 542

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Geelong Highland Gathering

March 17
North Geelong, VIC Geelong, VIC Australia

One of Victoria’s largest and best Highland Gatherings, presented by the Geelong Highland Gathering Association. Pipe bands, Scottish dance, Clans and more at Osborne Park, Swinburne St, North Geelong. Info: www.geelonghighlandgathering.org.au

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History and Genealogy of the Highlands

March 19
Cook, ACT Australia

A day in the Highlands with renowned genealogist and historian Graeme MacKenzie, hosted by the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra, 41 Templeton St. Info: www.familyhistoryact.org.au

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Hawthorn Pipe Band Fundraising Ceilidh

March 23
Melbourne, VIC Australia

Featuring Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers and caller. All funds raised go towards the band's upcoming trip to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland in August, 2019. Info: www.trybooking.com/465383

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Scots All Saints College Highland Gathering

March 24
Bathurst, NSW Australia

Pipe band competition, stalls, children’s events and more at the Scots Campus, O’Connell Rd. Info: www.saints.nsw.edu.au

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Ringwood Highland Games Ceilidh

March 29
Ringwood, VIC Australia

Get into your best tartan and enjoy a fabulous evening of music and dance with the great Scottish band, 'The Clan.' We'll have you swinging with your sweetheart, dancing a reel with the rellies, flinging with your friends, and grabbing a group for the Gay Gordon at Central Ringwood Community Centre, Bedford Park (Via Bedford ... Read more

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Caledonian Society of WA March Ceilidh

March 30
Inglewood, WA Australia

Come sing and dance to Heel n Toe Band. Listen to our piper at Bob Daniels Community Centre, 895 Beafort St. Info: John 0427 990 754.

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Scots on The Rocks – Chaotic Ceilidh

March 30
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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Celtic Piping Club Session

March 31
Melbourne, VIC Australia

Piping session, 3pm - 5:30pm, upstairs at The Last Jar - 616 Elizabeth Street (cnr Queensberry St). Info: [email protected]

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Ringwood Highland Games & Celtic Festival

March 31
Ringwood – Australia Wantirna, VIC Australia

Melbourne's only Highland Games with pipe bands, Scottish dancers, dogs, Clan and Scottish stalls at J.W.Manson Reserve, Selkirk Ave. Info: www.ringwoodhighlandgames.org.au or www.facebook.com/ringwoodvictoriaaustralia

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The Scots College and Pipe Bands Australia (NSW) Highland Gathering

March 31
Bellevue Hill, NSW Australia

The Scots College Pipes and Drums in conjunction with the NSW branch of Pipe Bands Australia are excited to announce the return of the Scottish Highland Gathering to Sydney which will feature Pipe Band competitions, Highland Dancing, the Heavy Lifters (kilt wearing strongmen) and fair featuring stalls selling Scottish goods, fine food, gifts and artisan ... Read more

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April 2019

Brigadoon-The Bundanoon Highland Gathering

April 6
Bundanoon – Australia Bundanoon, NSW Australia

Australia's largest Scottish event with pipe bands, Clan village, Scottish dancing, music, heavy events, stalls and more-a great day for the entire family in the beautiful Southern Highlands. Info: 02 4883 7471 or www.brigadoon.org.au

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Inverness Highland Dancing Competition

April 6
Brisbane – Australia Brisbane, QLD Australia

Highland dancing event. Info: [email protected]

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

April 7
Ipswich, QLD Australia

Piping event at Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band Hall, cnr Lion & Moffat Sts. Info: 07 3398 4659.

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Robert Burns Club of Melbourne Poetry Afternoon

April 7
Flemington, VIC Australia

Theme for the discussion will be early years: poverty and obscurity as seen through his early poems at Canterbury Street Stables Community Centre, 49-53 Canterbury St. Info: Ina Graham (03) 8361 0308.

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BBC Highland Gathering 2019

April 13
Toowong, QLD Australia

The BBC Highland Gathering is a brilliant day with Pipe Bands, Drum Majors, Medieval Re-enactment, Highland Dancing, stalls and more at Brisbane Boys' College. Kensington Terrace. Info: 07 3309 3500 or [email protected]

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2019 Australian Solo Piping Championships

April 13 - April 14
Adelaide, SA Australia

Scotland’s Robert Wallace will head the adjudication panel for the nation’s premier solo pipe band competition and most prestigious piobaireachd competition conducted by the RU Brown Society. Info: www.pipebandsaustralia.com.au/championships

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Youth Ceilidh – free event

April 13
Dickson, ACT Australia

Looking to have fun dancing to great live music? Then this free Scottish Youth Ceilidh, an ACT Youth Week event, is for you! Come try this social style of dance with other young people, 18-25 years. All dances taught and called. No experience, partner, special dance shoes or booking needed - just your lovely self! ... Read more

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Swan Valley Highland Games

April 14
Henley Brook, WA Australia

Perth’s strongest men and women compete in traditional Scottish heavy events including stone putting, weight throws and the caber toss. Time: Events start at 11am at Elmar’s in the Valley, W Swan Rd. Info: https://elmars.com.au/events/event/swan-valley-highland-games-2019/

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Maclean Highland Gathering

April 19 - April 20
Maclean – Australia Maclean, NSW Australia

In the Scottish town of Australia with full pipe band and solo piping competitions, Highland dancers, stalls and more. Info: Mobile: 0429 842 472 or www.macleanhighlandgathering.com.au

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Caledonian Society of WA April Ceilidh

April 27
Inglewood, WA Australia

Come sing and dance to Heel n Toe Band. Listen to our piper at Bob Daniels Community Centre, 895 Beafort St. Info: John 0427 990 754.

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The Western Australian Clan Societies Joint Picnic

April 28
Perth, WA Australia

The Western Australian Clan Societies Joint Picnic will be on the lawn area behind the Light Horse Memorial, just off Fraser Drive. Start time is 11-11.30 am, with a shared lunch menu, followed by entertainment and shared information and jokes at King's Park. Info: [email protected]

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Queensland Highland Pipers Society Social

April 29
Toowong, QLD Australia

At the Walrus Bar, Regatta Hotel. Info: 07 3397 4512.

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May 2019

Australian Celtic Festival

May 2 - May 5
Glen Innes – Australia Glen Innes, NSW Australia

Celebrating Celtic culture amongst the Australian Standing Stones with Celtic music, vendors, entertainment and ceremony. 2019 is the Year of Scotland. Info: www.australiancelticfestival.com

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Celtic Piping Club Session

May 5
Melbourne, VIC Australia

Piping session, 3pm - 5:30pm, upstairs at The Last Jar - 616 Elizabeth Street (cnr Queensberry St). Info: [email protected]

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Piobaireachd Group Queensland Social

May 5
Ipswich, QLD Australia

Piping event at Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band Hall, cnr Lion & Moffat Sts. Info: 07 3398 4659.

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Tartan in the Vale

May 5
McLaren Flat SA Australia

Clan MacLeod invites members and friends to join them on a visit to local vineyards, followed by a late Lunch at Carmel's Bar and Grill. Start 10:00am at Hugo Wines, 246 Elliott Rd. Info: Nicole Walters 0415 654 836 or www.cmssa.org.au/calendar-of-events.html

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World Whisky Day

May 18
Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

A day of global whisky celebration. World Whisky Day invites everyone to try a dram and celebrate the water of life. Info: www.worldwhiskyday.com

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Celtic Mist

May 18
Brisbane – Australia Brisbane, QLD Australia

Discover your Celtic roots with the Queensland Pops Orchestra and over 200 performers on stage it will be a vivid showcase of Celtic music both old and new. Acts include: Gregory Moore, Sarah Calderwood, BBC Pipes and Drums, OzScot Highland Dance, Watkins Academy of Irish Dance and more at QPAC. Info: 136 246 or www.qpac.com.au

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Moreton Bay Highland Dancing Championships

May 19
Narangba, QLD Australia

Highland dance event at Narangba Valley State School, Harris St. Info: 0409 373 480.

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Lattitude with Attitude

May 19
Greenacres, SA Australia

Mighty Mini MacLeods invite members and friends to climb, bounce and fly at Latitude Centre. Cost $18pp or $12.00 for child under 130cm height. Meet at 2:45 for a 3:00pm start. Onsite cafe for parents. Info: Nicole Walters 0415 654 836 or www.cmssa.org.au/calendar-of-events.html

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