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Set sail for the Celtic Festival

02 May 2018

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Docklanders are well placed to take a direct and relaxing journey via ferry to next month’s National Celtic Festival at Portalington.

The festival turns 16 this year and is set to shine amidst the sparkling Portarlington foreshore during the June long weekend.

Boasting crowds of over 15,000, the festival is the premier Celtic gathering in Australasia and it’s easy to see why it has become such a draw card with its breadth of artistic and culturally-rich talent.

Port Phillip Ferries runs a direct service from Docklands to Portarlington throughout the festival weekend for those wishing to leave the car behind.

Those partial to a tipple on their travels can enjoy the brand new on-board licenced cafe. Be entertained with live music from festival bands on board and be part of the ‘Ferry Folk’ program.

Where: WG Little Reserve, Portarlington

When: 8-11 June, 2018

Website: nationalcelticfestival.com

Tickets: via trybooking.com

Take an opportunity to see world-class folk music from across the globe, with the impressive line-up of music acts hailing from cities near and far, including legends of the Irish music scene Altan, who will perform as part of their 30th anniversary tour, Scottish stars Paul McKenna Band, Ireland born super voice Damien Leith and Irish/Australian troubadours Hat Fitz and Cara.

Representing the local contingent are the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, the always energetic Claymore, trad-folk icons Trouble in the Kitchen, four-piece female folksters The Drowsy Maggies and many more.

The event transforms Portarlington’s foreshore and surrounding haunts into a bustling winter-wonderland, presenting concerts across 14 stages, with showcases, dance, theatre, literature readings, masterclasses and more.

Visitors will be treated to The Folk Market which plays host to over 100 stalls and food vendors, bursting with fine food and fresh produce from a wide range of food trucks, along with delicious local wines, craft brews and spirits from Victoria’s bespoke distilleries.

Weekend prices: $155 (Adult Early Bird) | $60 (Youth Early Bird) 

* Festival + Camping / Ferry packages available online

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