The National Celtic Festival

The National Celtic Festival

The National Celtic Festival

Easily customize your share description with the Shindig theme!


Dance at The National Celtic Festival

There are many opportunities to kick up you heals and dance at the festival. 

It could be at one of the many great concerts or at our fantastic festival Ceilis. It could be just dancing down the street! Or at one of the festivals range of Celtic dance workshops. No matter where you feel the urge, we’re sure someone will follow in and join you.

This year we welcome:


All the way from Wales … Welsh dance at its best will be showcased. Get your shows ready and learn some hot footwork from Calan!

Cathie’s Celtic Dance

Cathie’s Celtic Dance from Albury-Wodonga is an energetic group of Irish Dancers with performers of all ages. Starting in 2005 with a few students, Cathie’s Celtic Dance has grown to become a much sought after performance troupe regularly performing throughout Victoria and southern New South Wales. The troupe performs original choreography to both traditional and modern music.

Comhaltas Melbourne

Comhaltas Melbourne has been gathering since 1970 to celebrate and pass on the fun that is traditional Irish music.  Their ceilis and workshops are a hit with all age groups and skill levels, so come down to try your hand at a few new dances.

Geelong Scottish Dance

Geelong Scottish Dance has been a proud supporter and participant of the National Celtic Festival for many years. Dancers will entertain you with traditional dance and part-traditional with an upbeat tempo.  The performance displays various skill levels by children and young adults

Glenbrae Celtic Dancers

 Glenbrae Celtic Dancers Inc aims to maintain the traditions of Scottish dancing and to make it appealing to the participants by introducing both traditional and modern choreography. The Clayettes are members of this dance group!

O’Shea-Ryan Irish Dance Group

The O’Shea-Ryan Irish Dance Group from Australia has been in existence for over 60 years, with Branches of the Academy operating throughout the State of Victoria in southern Australia.  During that time many excellent performers have emerged.

Victorian Irish Dance Academy

The Victorian Irish Dance Academy will perform an energetic dance display incorporating the best of both traditional and modern Irish Dance styles. The dancers will perform group Céili dances such as ‘The 3 Tunes’ and ‘The Eight Hand Jig’ as well as fast-paced modern choreography Reels and Jigs in both hard and soft shoes.

Join us at the …

Super Ceili
Dancing room only in Parks Hall on Sunday when the Super Ceili gets us up and dancing. This year Dáire Mulhern, a champion button accordionist, will lead the Ceili for us. So we are in for a mighty good Ceili; a festival highlight for all ages.

Sun     3:30pm     Parks Hall

Irish Ceili
Bring your dancing shoes, and your friends, and come along and join Melbourne Combaltus for an Irish Ceili. On Saturday the Club Room will be transformed into a toe tapping dance hall – a great family dance for all ages.

Sat     12:30pm     Club Room