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List of Celtic festivals



Celtic festivals celebrate Celtic culture, which in modern times may be via dance, Celtic music, food, Celtic art, or other mediums. Ancient Celtic festivals included religious and seasonal events such as bonfires, harvest festivals, storytelling and music festivals, and dance festivals. This list includes Celtic festivals held throughout the world.

History

There are several specific and often ancient types of Celtic festivals. A feis (plural feiseannan) is a traditional Gaelic arts and culture festival, currently used referring to Irish dance competitions. In Ancient Ireland communities placed great importance on local festivals, where Gaels could come together in song, dance, music, theatre and sport. Today the Feis has experienced something of a rebirth, both for ethnic Gaels and for enthusiasts of the Gaelic culture in Ireland and Scotland, and worldwide. Other ancient festivals include the eisteddfod, which is a Welsh festival of literature, music and performance dating back to at least the 12th century. The present-day format owes much to an eighteenth-century revival arising out of a number of informal eisteddfodau. Comparable to the eisteddfod but without the ancient roots, the mod is a festival of Scottish Gaelic song, arts and culture. There are both local mods and an annual national mod, the Royal National Mod, which take the form of formal competitions, with choral events and traditional music including fiddle, bagpipe and folk groups. There are spoken word events, original dramas, and competitions in written literature.

The concept of modern Celtic identity evolved during the course of the 19th-century into the Celtic Revival and the growth of Celtic nations. After World War II, the focus of the Celticity movement shifted to linguistic revival and protectionism, e.g. protecting Celtic languages. The Celtic revival also led to the emergence of musical and artistic styles identified as Celtic. Music typically drew on folk traditions within the Celtic nations, and instruments such as Celtic harp. Art drew on decorative styles associated with the ancient Celts and with early medieval Celtic Christianity, along with folk-styles. Cultural events to promote "inter-Celtic" cultural exchange also emerged, including festivals.

Celtic festivals by country

Oceania

Australia

  • Australia Day Celtic Festival in North Sydney, New South Wales
  • Australian Celtic Festival in Glen Innes, New South Wales
  • Balaklava Eisteddfod in Balaklava, South Australia
  • Beechworth Celtic Festival in Beechworth, Victoria
  • Berry Celtic Festival in Berry, New South Wales
  • Celtica Festival in Port Adelaide, South Australia
  • Kangaroo Valley Celtic Gala Day in Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales
  • Kapunda Celtic Festival in Kapunda, South Australia
  • Copper Coast Cornish Festival in Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
  • Kilmore Celtic Festival in Kilmore, Victoria
  • National Celtic Festival in Portarlington, Victoria
  • Scots Day Out in Bendigo, Victoria
  • The Gathering in Ipswich, Queensland

    Europe

  • Paganfest (Tour through Europe)

    Switzerland

  • Guinness Irish Festival, in Sion
  • Festival Celtique de Corbeyrier, in Corbeyrier

    Czech Republic

  • Lughnasad - The International festival of Celtic culture, in Nasavrky
  • Keltska Noc / Celtic Night - International Music Festival, in Plumlov

    France

  • Paris Celtic Live (Paris, France)
  • Brandivy (section Breizh-Kernow Festival) (Brittany)
  • Festival Celtique du Gévaudan, in Grèzes, Lozère
  • Festival Euroceltes, in Strasbourg
  • Celtes Espaces, in Argenteuil
  • Festival del Kan ar Bobl (Lorient, France)
  • Festival de Cornouaille (Quimper, France)
  • Les Nuits Celtiques du Stade de France (Paris, France)
  • Festival Interceltique de Lorient (Lorient, France)

    Germany

  • Nagold Keltenfest, Nagold, Germany

    Ireland

  • Oireachtas na Gaeilge
  • Pan Celtic Festival
  • Willie Clancy Summer School
  • Fleadh Cheoil (Tullamore, Ireland)
  • Soma Festival (Castlewellan, Northern Ireland)
  • Puck Fair (Killorglin, Ireland)
  • Biddy's Day - Imbolc (Killorglin, Ireland) Ballyshannon Medieval Day/Lá Meánaois Bhéal Átha Seanaidh. August 4th, 2019, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.
  • Arcadian Fields - Bellurgan House, Dundalk

    Italy

  • Montelago Celtic Night (Colfiorito, Macerata, Italy)
  • Monterenzio Celtica, I Fuochi di Taranis, Monterenzio, Bologna, Emilia Romagna
  • Abruzzo Irish Festival, in Notaresco, Teramo, Abruzzo
  • Bundan Celtic Festival, in Stellata, Ferrara, Emilia Romagna
  • Celtica, in Courmayeur, Valle d'Aosta
  • Montelago Celtic Festival, in Piana di Colfiorito, Serravalle di Chienti, Marche
  • Triskell Celtic Festival (Trieste, Italy)
  • Celtival, in Giavera del Montello, Treviso, Veneto
  • Brintaal Celtic Folk, in Valstagna, Vicenza, Veneto

    Spain

  • Celtic Night "Noche Celta" Festival in Mijas Pueblo Main Square, Mijas, Málaga, Andalusia
  • Interceltic Festival of Avilés or "Festival Intercéltico de Avilés" (Avilés, Asturies, Spain)
  • Ortigueira's Festival of Celtic World, Galicia
  • Festival Internacional do Mundo Celta de Ortigueira (Ortigueira, Galicia, Spain)
  • Folixa na Primavera (Mieres, Asturies, Spain)
  • Festival Celta Internacional Reino de León, (León, Spain)
  • Festival Internacional de Música Celta de Collado Villalba (Collado Villalba, Spain)

    Poland

  • Zamek Festival, in Będzin

    Portugal

  • Festival Intercéltico de Sendim (Sendim, Portugal)
  • Galaicofolia (Esposende, Portugal)
  • Festival Folk Celta Ponte da Barca (Ponte da Barca, Portugal)
  • Douro Celtic Fest (Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal)

    Romania

  • Festivalul Celtic (Transylvania, Beclean City)

    United Kingdom

    ;Scotland
  • Celtic Connections, Glasgow
  • Fèis Bharraigh, Barra Fest, Isle of Barra
  • Royal National Mòd, Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (Glasgow, Scotland)
  • Hebridean Celtic Festival (Stornoway, Scotland)

    Wales
  • National Eisteddfod of Wales, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru
  • Urdd National Eisteddfod, Eisteddfod Yr Urdd

    Cornwall
  • AberFest, held in Falmouth (Aberfal) (alternating with Breizh-Kernow Festival in Brittany)
  • Perranzabuloe, Lowender Peran, held at Perranporth, Cornwall, in honour of St Piran Isle of Man
  • Yn Chruinnaght (Isle of Man)

    North America

    Canada

  • Celtic Colours, Cape Breton Island. Nova Scotia
  • Goderich Celtic Roots Festival
  • Russell CelticFest
  • Almonte Celtfest
  • Vancouver Celtic Festival
  • Festival celtique de Québec or Québec city Celtic festival, (Quebec city, Quebec, Canada)
  • Festival Mémoire et Racines (Joliette, Quebec, Canada)
  • Miramichi Irish Festival

    United States

  • [https://kcirishfest.com/ Kansas City Irish Festival] in Kansas City, MO
  • Philadelphia Irish Festival In Philadelphia, PA. Facebook Philadelphia Irish Festival. First Sunday in June.
  • [http://www.irishfestcamden.com Irish Fest Camden] in Camden, South Carolina
  • [http://bcgg.org Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering], Hamilton MT. Every 3rd weekend in August.
  • Samhain Celtic New Year Festival, organized by the [http://ceiliofthevalley.org/ Ceili of the Valley] Society, in Salem, Oregon
  • Sonora Celtic Faire The Official First Celtic Faire in the USA: Sonora, California
  • Celtic Music & Heritage Festival in America's Oldest CELTIC City: St. Augustine, Florida
  • Milwaukee Irish Fest in Milwaukee, WI
  • Finger Lakes Highland Games and Celtic Festival in Farmington, NY
  • Houston Celtic Festival & Highland Games Houston, TX
  • Saline Celtic Festival in Saline, Michigan
  • Dunedin Celtic Music Craft Beer Festival in Dunedin, FL
  • Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio
  • Celtic Classic, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Frederick Celtic Festival, a Scottish festival held annually in Urbana, Maryland
  • Malad Valley Welsh Festival in Idaho
  • Celtic Harvest Festival in Sedona, Arizona
  • Dayton Celtic Festival in Dayton, Ohio
  • Ormond Beach Celtic Festival in Ormond Beach, Florida
  • Celtic Fest Mississippi in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tampa Bay Tartan Ball in Tampa, Florida
  • Los Angeles St. David's Day Festival, a Welsh festival held annually in Los Angeles, California
  • Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Quad Cities in Davenport, Iowa
  • North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas, TX
  • Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Arlington, TX
  • Scottish Fest USA in Orange County, Southern California
  • Scottish Festival & Celtic Gathering in Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Tucson Celtic Festival and Highland Games in Tucson, Arizona
  • Houston Celtic Festival and Highland Games in Houston, Texas
  • Sherwood Celtic Music Festival in McDade, TX
  • Arizona Scottish Gathering and Highland Games in Phoenix,Az
  • San Antonio Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival in Helotes, Texas
  • KVMR Celtic Festival in Grass Valley, California

    Caribbean

    Barbados

  • Celtic Festival Barbados in Barbados, Caribbean

    Cuba

  • CeltFest Cuba in Havana, Cuba

    Africa

    South Africa

  • Celtic Fest South Africa in Modderfontein, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Celtic Festival, Knysna, Western Cape

    Gallery

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