Known more for its splendid blue waters and sun-drenched beaches Port Stephens (NSW) on Australia’s east coast every year hosts a Celtic festival on the third weekend in September.
Bringing together the many Scottish clans from locally and as far as Sydney, together with representatives of the Welsh, Cornish, Manx, and Irish communities it is in its third year.
As well as a street parade, and parklands dotted with tents containing a wide range of Celtic merchandise and cultural information, there is a heavy emphasis on music and dance during the day.
From the small Cornish gathering there were some taking part in the parade, and a Cornish dance display and tuition, plus singing of popular Cornish songs by the Newcastle Celtic Choir (with enthusiastic support from visiting Cornish).
Port Stephens Celtic Festival – Clans on the Coast http://www.clansonthecoast.com/
Cornish Association of NSW http://members.ozemail.com.au/~jlsymo/cansw.htm
Celtic Council of Australia www.celticcouncil.org.au
Loaded by: Chris Dunkerley (Kevrenor) for the Celtic Council of NSW
18 September, 2010