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Saturday, 09 February 2019 09:19

Friday Ceilidh evening ... a night to remember

The 2019 Knysna Celtic Festival team announced today that a limited number of tickets for the Ceilidh on Friday 15th February are now available at the Sotheby’s International Realty offices in Knysna and at Bosuns Pub & Restaurant.

This year the Ceilidh has grown to include:-

A foot stomping Celtic pub band, Scotty and the Terriers, who promise an evening of festive mayhem associated with wild rovers, velvet bands, jars of whisky and the like.

Adding to the fun will be the now traditional ‘Battle of the Ceilidh Bands’ of talented musicians playing traditional and modern instruments.

The popularly acclaimed Jenny & The Jameses who will be playing one of their intimately varied sets including material from their most recently released recordings.

A unique ceremony, the ‘Addressing of the Haggis’ by Chick Ramsay – all in a fluent Scottish dialect.  This ceremony originates from the tradition of honouring the birth date of the great poet, Robert Burns, who wrote an ode to be recited before commencing the feast of this romantic delicacy.  The brave who taste a morsel will be pleasantly surprised – the urban legend concerning the biological origin of haggis pales into insignificance to sampling a taster portion!

The Ceilidh will be held at the forested, almost mystic, lagoon side portion of Loerie Park under the cover of two large Bedouin stretch tents (adjacent to the Mitchell’s beer tent) and commences at 7:00 PM.

Our trusty band of food vendors will be in attendance so please arrive early to grab a tasty bite before the festivities begin.  Please note that individual seats are not reserved so the early birds get their seats closer to the stage.

Ticket cost is a mere R125 per person – a small price to pay for such a dazzling array of talent in a close environment.  Out of towners may electronically purchase tickets by mailing their requirements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the words of Dave Gilmore, this will be a “Night to Remember”.

We hope you will join us for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

 

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The 4th Knysna Celtic Festival Sponsored by Lew Geffen | Sotheby’s International Realty Knysna will include two new events: a Celtic concert in the Garden Route’s capital, George, on Thursday, 22 February, and a prestigious tug of war competition during the Festival’s Highland Games in Knysna on the 24th.

• Concert in George added to the Festival programme
• SA National tug of war squad will compete in Festival’s Highland Games
• Festival will again raise funds for Knysna’s Sea Cadets

CONCERT IN GEORGE
The Knysna & Districts Pipe Band will join the 32-piece Carpe Musicam! Orchestra, and the 38-voice Carpe Musicam! Choir in the Eden Community Hall in George for a concert of popular Celtic music - including tunes like Highland Cathedral (which has been proposed as Scotland’s national anthem), and The Gael (the theme from the movie, The Last of the Mohicans).
“We’re very excited to extend the Knysna Celtic Festival to the people of George - which is one of the ‘districts’ of the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band,” said Festival organising committee member, Pipe Major Steve Collins.

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS AT THE BELL CEILIDH
PM Collins said that a limited number of tickets are now available for The Festival’s Friday evening Ceilidh (kay-lee: a traditional Scottish or Irish pub evening with music and dance), which will take place in The Bell Celtic Pub, which will be erected as usual for the Festival at Loerie Park.
“The top Scottish harpist and composer, Catriona McKay, and the award-winning Shetland fiddler, Chris Stout - who will both star in Saturday night’s Celtic Concert - will perform at the Ceilidh, which will also include a Battle of the Ceilidh Bands, and a traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’ (although more - er - palatable meals will be available from quality food vendors in the grounds),” he said.

MASSED PIPES & DRUMS; HIGHLAND GATHERING
PM Collins said that the annual Massed Pipes and Drums parade - which will take place in Knysna’s Main Street from 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, 24 February - will include the country’s only street march competition, and has attracted pipe bands and highland dancers from Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, and KwaZulu-Natal.
“From there, the focus will move to Loerie Park for the rest of the day, where our Highland Gathering will feature both school-level, and senior-level tug of war competitions.”
PM Collins said that the South African national men’s and women’s tug of war squads will compete in a regional open competition (another first for the Festival) - and that the event will act as a training and selection competition in the run-up to the Tug of War International Federation’s World Outdoor Championships, which will take place in Cape Town in September.

“Our Highland Gathering will also include piping and drumming competitions, as well as a Highland dancing competition, and Highland games like tossing the caber, keg tossing, barrow races, an archery competition, and more,” he said.

SUNDOWNERS CELTIC CONCERT
Saturday’s highlight is expected to be the Festival’s always popular Sundowners Celtic Concert at Loerie Park, which will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Concert will feature Catriona McKay and Chris Stout, the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band, Jenny & The Jameses, Blacksmith, and the Carpe Musicam! Orchestra, as well as Scottish Highland dancers from Pretoria’s O'Leary Studio, and Irish dancers from Cape Town’s Celtic Dance Tapestry - with food and drink provided by the stallholders and The Bell Celtic Pub.

FUNDRAISER
“As usual, the major portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Knysna’s Sea Cadets, which does incredible work amongst the youth of our town, and which has been instrumental in preparing many youngsters for careers at sea,” said PM Collins.
“The Festival has raised around R 125,000 for the Cadets over the years, and this year we’re hoping to beat the figure of R25,000 - which is what we donated to them in 2017,” he said.

TICKETS
• Tickets for the concert in George on Thursday 22 February (the Carpe Musicam! Orchestra and Carpe Musicam! Choir with the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band in the Eden Community Hall) are available from Sotheby’s International Realty offices in George at R150.00;
• A limited number of tickets for The Bell Ceilidh at Loerie Park on Friday 23 February (R125.00), are available from all Sotheby’s International Realty offices in Knysna.
• Reserved seats for the Sundowners Celtic Concert at Loerie Park on Saturday 24 February (R150.00), are available from all Sotheby’s International Realty offices in Knysna, Sedgefield, and Plettenberg Bay. (Tickets for open seating for Saturday’s concert will be sold at the gate on the 24th).
• Sundowners Celtic Concert tickets include free entry to the Highland Gathering on Saturday.

More information:
• Knysna Celtic Festival on Facebook (https://web.facebook.com/pg/Knysna-Celtic-Festival-431494573603501/about/?ref=page_internal)
• Catriona McKay www.catrionamckay.co.uk
• Chris Stout on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Stout
• Carpe Musicam! (Seize the music!): https://normancarless.wixsite.com/carpemusicam/carpe-musicam

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Friday, 02 February 2018 06:54

Knysna Celtic Festival 2018

We have a very exciting line up again this year including renowned international artists from Scotland and also for the first time a 32 piece orchestra will be combining with the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band for the grande finale including ever popular tunes such as Highland Cathedral and The Gael.

The line up includes:
• International Scottish performers Chris Stout on fiddle and Catriona McKay on Irish Harp (more info below);
• The Knysna & Districts Pipe Band, this time accompanied by the Castle Rock Ceilidh Band;
• Cape Town's wonderful traditional folk band Blacksmith – with whom our very unique concert first began back in 2012;
• A number of other very talented South African dancers including the Irish Dance students from Celtic Dance Tapestry and an exciting addition is the O'Leary Studio of Celtic Dance in Pretoria who will be treating us to a couple of top-level Highland Dancing displays.
• The 32 piece Carpe Musicam! Orchestra entertaining with a medley of Celtic songs and combining with the pipe band for a breathtaking finale.

The Sundowners Celtic Concert

Sponsored by Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty Knysna
24th February – Loerie Park, Knysna – 5 PM

Reminder!!
Tickets are on sale at Sotheby’s International Realty offices in Knysna, Sedgefield and Plettenberg and at Bosun's Pub & Restaurant.

Don't delay and get your early bird seats!

 TWO HIGHLY ACCLAIMED INTERNATIONAL GUEST STARS! 

We are very excited to be welcoming award-winning Shetland Fiddler Chris Stout back to South Africa for the second year, and Chris will be joined on stage by top Scottish harpist and composer Catriona McKay – bringing two of the world’s very best Celtic musicians to Knysna to play for us at the 2018 Sundowners Celtic Concert!

Please go to our Knysna Celtic Festival Face book page to read more about Chris and Catriona.

Chris Stout Catriona McKay

Chris Stout & Catriona McKay performing at The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Concert Information
The concert will run from 5.00 pm – 9.00 pm and as usual, we will make a donation from the ticket sales revenue to the very deserving local charities like the Knysna Sea Cadets. After our 2017 event we were proud to be able to donate another R25,000 to the Cadets.


Please do plan to have your dinner during the concert – a variety of good quality local food and beverage vendors will be open throughout the concert and there will also be The Bell Celtic Pub serving wine, beer and cider – so please do join us to eat, drink and have a wonderful time!

Concert Tickets includes
FREE DAYTIME ENTRY to the Highland Gathering at Loerie Park!

The Highland Gathering from 11 AM on Saturday 24th at Loerie Park includes the annual Pipe Band Competition, the popular Highland Games, a regional tug-of-war and archery competition, a national Highland Dancing competition, a Scottish Country Dancing display and more.

Lunch time entertainment including Jenny & the Jameses who are becoming one of the hottest folk groups in South Africa and popular singer and harpist Christy Lyn. All supported by good food and refreshments at The Bell Beer Garden!

And no one can forget the really special Pipe Band Street Parade in Knysna’s Main Road at 9:30 AM that precedes the Highland Gathering. This event culminates in a Massed Pipes and Drums march past which is truly breathtaking.

STOP PRESS
A Limited number of tickets are now available at the Sotheby’s International Realty offices (Knysna Offices only) for The Bell Ceilidh on Friday 23rd February at Loerie Park at 6:30 PM
A Ceilidh is a traditional and spontaneous Scottish / Irish pub evening with live music, entertainment and dancing. A variety of food vendors will be in attendance.
The 2017 Ceilidh was immensely successful in its revised format and location so don’t miss out
Ticket price is R125 per person.

We would be most grateful if you would spread the word by forwarding this email to any friends and work colleagues who you think may be interested in this event.
Thank you.

Copyright © 2018 Knysna Celtic Festival, All rights reserved.

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The organisers of the 4th Knysna Celtic Festival Sponsored by Lew Geffen | Sotheby’s International Realty Knysna have announced the line-up for the Festival’s highlight event - the Sundowners Celtic Concert.

“The Concert was originally established to promote bluegrass and Celtic music, and as a showcase for local musicians like the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band - but it’s become such an enormous success that we’re now able to attract international guest performers,” said organising committee member, Pipe Major Steve Collins.

The Festival has become one of South Africa’s most popular Celtic gatherings, drawing pipe bands and highland dancers from Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, and KwaZulu-Natal. Together with the Concert, the event features a Massed Pipes and Drums parade in the town’s Main Street, the country’s only street march competition, and traditional piping, drumming, and dance competitions during the annual Highland Gathering at Loerie Park.

SUNDOWNERS CELTIC CONCERT
This year’s concert - the seventh in the series - will feature Cape Town-based traditional folk bands Jenny & The Jameses, and Blacksmith (which has played at every one of these concerts since 2012), as well as Scottish Highland dancers from Pretoria’s O'Leary Studio, and Irish dancers from Cape Town’s Celtic Dance Tapestry.

“Of course the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band will also be on stage - and we’ll be introducing our newly-formed Castle Rock Ceilidh Band, too – whose members are mostly also members of the pipe band,” said Mr. Collins.

“Another very exciting addition to this year’s line-up will be the 26-piece Carpe Musicam! orchestra from George, which’ll perform popular Celtic music, and will then join the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band and the other musicians for an epic Grande Finale.”

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS
“We’re especially looking forward to welcoming two of the world’s very best Celtic musicians to Knysna: the top Scottish harpist and composer, Catriona McKay, and the award-winning Shetland fiddler, Chris Stout, who’ll be joining us for the second year in a row,” said Mr Collins.

Catriona McKay (www.catrionamckay.co.uk) was named Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2014 Scots Trad Music Awards. She is renowned for exploring the limits of the Clàrsach (the traditional Scottish harp), and as the co-designer of the new Starfish McKay harp, with its alternative tuning pattern. She collaborates regularly with folk, jazz, classical, and experimental artists, has appeared on stage with groups as diverse as the Moscow City Symphony and the Scottish Ensemble, and is a member of the Chris Stout Quintet, and of the leading Shetland band, Fiddlers' Bid - amongst others.

Like Ms. McKay, Chris Stout (who was named Shetland’s Young Fiddler of the Year for his traditional music, and Shetland’s Young Musician of the Year for his abilities on the classical violin - both in 1990), is also recognised for his cutting-edge exploration of the traditions of the music in which he is grounded, and for his determination to explore new musical territories through innovation and experimentation. (Chris Stout on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Stout)

Mr. Collins said that the Sundowners Celtic Concert will run from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on 24 February, 2018, and that dinner will be available from a range of quality local food stalls - with wine, beer, and cider from The Bell Beer Garden - during the performance.

“As usual, a portion of ticket sales will go to the Knysna Sea Cadets, which received R25,000 from us after last year’s concert. This brought the total we’ve raised so far for this very worthy organisation to about R125,000 - and we’re hoping to match or better our 2017 donation this year,” he said.

TICKETS
Tickets for the Sundowners Celtic Concert cost R150, and are available from Sotheby’s offices in Sedgefield, Plettenberg Bay, and Knysna (Leisure Isle, Woodmill Lane, Knysna Mall, Thesen Island), and from Bosun’s Pub & Grill on George Rex Drive.

Concert tickets bought from these venues will include free daytime entrance to the Highland Gathering at Loerie Park.

More information: Knysna Celtic Festival on Facebook (https://web.facebook.com/pg/Knysna-Celtic-Festival-431494573603501/about/?ref=page_internal)

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Three of Scotland's top Celtic musicians joined pipe bands and Celtic dancers from around South Africa this weekend to celebrate the third Knysna Celtic Festival – and the event is beginning to draw interest from performers from other countries, too.

“The Festival is growing - with numbers at the Friday night ceilidh and Saturday night concert substantially up on last year,” said Jo Stewart, who organises the festival together with Pipe Major Steve Collins of the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band.

She said that the ceilidh (traditional Celtic social evening) is an invitation-only affair designed to welcome visiting performers and their friends and families. “We had about 600 guests this year – an increase of around 200 over 2016 – and we estimate that 400 of them were visitors to Knysna.”
The evening was sponsored by Belvidere Manor – which recreated its Bell Tavern at Loerie Park for the duration of the Festival.

Pipe Major Collins said that nine pipe bands – and musicians from two other bands – came from as far afield as Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape Province, and Cape Town to play at the Festival.

“The Festival features the only slow-to-quick-march street competition in the country – in which each of the bands appears individually – and more than 150 musicians marched in this year's Massed Pipes and Drums Parade,” he said.

HIGHLAND GAMES
Saturday's Highland Gathering at Loerie Park sponsored by Lew Geffen | Sotheby’s International Realty, Knysna, included various piping, drumming, and Highland dance competitions, as well as Irish and Scottish Country dancing displays, a regional 3D archery tournament organised by the Knysna Outdoor Archery Circuit, the Knysna Highland Games powered by The Gym, Knysna, and the Eden District Tug-of-War championship.

“The Tug-of-War alone attracted about 350 competitors – mostly from the junior teams (the seniors season hasn't opened yet), but the seniors have indicated that they're keen to join us next year, too,” said Ms. Stewart.

INTERNATIONAL GUESTS
For many lovers of Celtic music, highlights of this year's Festival included performances by Captain (Retired) Stuart Samson MBE (the director of the Massed Pipes and Drums at both Switzerland's Basel Tattoo and Germany's Berlin Tattoo), as well as the Glasgow-based master piper Finlay MacDonald, and award-winning Shetland fiddler Chris Stout – all of whom travelled from Scotland specifically for the event.

“It was a huge honour to hear Capt. Samson play his own melody, ‘Heart of a Gordon Highlander’ - which is one of our own band's favourite competition pieces – at Saturday evening’s Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert,” said Pipe Major Collins.

He said that a three-piece Celtic band from Brittany and a nine-piece Celtic band from Zimbabwe have indicated their desire to attend next year's gathering.

“It's significant that they approached us – because this tells us that the Festival is developing a reputation amongst Celtic musicians around the world.”
CEO of Knysna & Partners, Greg Vogt, congratulated the organisers on the success of the event.
“Thank you for bringing a significant number of visitors to the town, and for an exciting and entertaining weekend. We're looking forward to seeing an even bigger event, with even more international visitors in 2018,” he said.
The Knysna & Districts Pipe Band will announce the dates for next year's Knysna Celtic Festival shortly.

RESULTS
Street March Competition: First - 1st Medical Battalion Pipe Band (Durban); Second - Knysna & Districts Pipe Band; Third - Cape Town Highlanders
Pipe Band Competition: First - 1st Medical Battalion Pipe Band, Second - Knysna & Districts Pipe Band; Third - Cape Town Highlanders
Quartets: 1st Medical Battalion Pipe Band
Champion Solo Piper: Richard Payne
Highland Games: First – Team 3 Girls & 1 Guy; Second - Emerald Lads, Third – Kloppers
Highland Dancing Competition: Premier Section winner - Shendl Leahy (Johannesburg); Novice Section winner - Erin Johnston (Cape Town); Beginner Section winner - Jada-Nicole Simons (East London)

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Three of the world’s best Celtic musicians will travel to South Africa to appear at the 3rd Knysna Celtic Festival sponsored by Lew Geffen | Sotheby’s International Realty, Knysna.

The Festival will take place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 February 2017.
“We’re very proud that the Celtic Festival has grown quickly to become one of the most popular gatherings of its kind in the country,” said Jo Stewart, who’s co-organising the event in partnership with the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band’s Pipe Major, Steve Collins.

"Nine South African pipe bands from as far afield as Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and KwaZulu-Natal will be travelling to Knysna to play here - and we’re pleased to announce that the African Skye Pipe Band from Johannesburg will be attending, too, since this will be the first time a Gauteng-based band has ever travelled to a Cape gathering.”

INTERNATIONAL GUESTS
“We’re extremely excited, honoured, and privileged that we’ll be hosting one of the world’s top pipers – Captain (Retired) Stuart Samson MBE, who is currently the director of the Massed Pipes and Drums at both the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland and the Berlin Tattoo in Germany – as well as Glasgow-based master piper Finlay MacDonald, and award-winning Shetland fiddler Chris Stout, at this year’s event,” said Pipe Major Collins.

PROGRAMME
The festival programme will begin with a Friday-night ceilidh sponsored by Belvidere Manor Hotel. (A ceilidh – pronounced ‘kay-lee’ – is a traditional Celtic social event.)
The first event on Saturday’s programme - a Street March Competition on Knysna’s Main Road in which each band will appear individually - is the only one of its kind in the country. After the competition, the bands will march in a Massed Pipes and Drums parade that will include more than 150 musicians, as well as Irish, Highland and Scottish country dancers from all over South Africa.
Also on Saturday, the Highland Gathering at Loerie Park will include piping and drumming competitions, Highland dancing competitions, Irish and Scottish Country dancing displays, the Knysna Highland Games powered by The Gym, Knysna, the Eden Tug-of-War championship, a regional 3D archery tournament organised by the Knysna Outdoor Archery Circuit, and a Celtic Village with craft, food and beverage stalls.

CONCERT
Captain Samson (who will play one of his own compositions - ‘Heart of a Gordon Highlander’) and Finlay MacDonald and Chris Stout, will appear at Saturday evening’s Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert, which will also feature Christy-Lyn on harp, the Celtic Dance Tapestry’s Irish Riverdance, Cape Town-based bluegrass band, Blacksmith and of course the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band.
CEO of Knysna & Partners, Greg Vogt, congratulated the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band on having achieved a level of excellence that attracts top performers and a significant number of participants to the town.
“The festival has become a popular event on our calendar - and one which many locals and visitors thoroughly enjoy,” he said.

TICKETS & INFORMATION
Tickets for Saturday’s events at Loerie Park are available from all Sotheby’s offices in Knysna, Sedgefield and Plettenberg Bay, as well as from Bosun’s Pub & Grill, The Royal Hotel, and Knysna & Partners (Knysna Tourism) or - if you live outside of the Knysna area -directly from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Entry forms for the Knysna Highland Games from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
More information about the Festival on Facebook (Knysna Celtic Festival) or from www.knysnacelticfestival.co.za.

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Thursday, 22 December 2016 13:03

Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert

Highlight of the 3rd Knysna Celtic Festival – Sponsored by Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty Knysna. Saturday 18th February 2017 – Loerie Park, Knysna

It’s that time of year when everyone is starting to get very excited about the upcoming Knysna Celtic Festival! And Knysna & Districts Pipe Band are once again joining forces with those wonderful guys in the Cape Town Bluegrass band Blacksmith for their annual Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert –
FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY – on Saturday 18th February 2017

We are also truly delighted to be welcoming Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty Knysna on board as our new Title Sponsor

BlacksmithKCF17

Blacksmith

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Knysna & Districts Pipe Band

And this year we have some extra special surprises in store for you!

Actually...
THE MOST EXCITING THING EVER TO HAPPEN SO FAR AT THE
KNYSNA CELTIC FESTIVAL!

Two of the world’s very best Celtic musicians –
master Glaswegian bagpiper Finlay MacDonald and award-winning virtuoso Shetland Fiddler Chris Stout – are flying all the way from Scotland especially to play for us at the 2017 Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert!

Please go to our Knysna Celtic Festival Facebook page to read more about Finlay and Chris…

Finlay MacDonald Chris StoutKCF17

Finlay MacDonald & Chris Stout

Stuart Samson MBEKCF17

Stuart Samson MBE

The second wonderful surprise is that Captain Stuart Samson MBE, former co-ordinator of the Massed Pipes and Drums at the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland will also be coming to Knysna. Stuart is currently Director of Massed Pipes and Drums at both the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland and the Berlin Tattoo in Germany and we are extremely excited, honoured and privileged to be welcoming him to the festival as our Guest of Honour

Please go to our Knysna Celtic Festival Facebook page to read more about Stuart…

The concert will run from 5.00 pm – 9.00 pm and is a fundraiser, primarily for the very deserving Knysna Sea Cadets. After our 2016 event we were proud to be able to donate another R25,000 to the Cadets (bringing the total raised so far for this very worthy organisation to approximately R100,000) – and this year we are aiming to match or better our 2016 donation, so please do help us to achieve this goal!

Please do plan to have your dinner during the concert – a variety of good quality local food and beverage vendors will be open throughout the concert and there will also be a Celtic Pub serving wine, beer and cider – so please do join us to eat, drink and have a wonderful time!

Tickets (R140 each) are on sale NOW from:
● All of the four Sotheby’s offices in Knysna (Leisure Isle, Woodmill Lane, Thesen Island, The Mall) and also the Sotheby’s offices in Sedgefield and Plettenberg Bay
● Bosun’s Pub & Grill on George Rex Drive
● The Royal Hotel – corner of Main and Queen Street, Knysna
● Knysna & Partners (Knysna Tourism)

This year all pre-purchased tickets to the Concert include
FREE DAYTIME ENTRY
to the Highland Gathering at Loerie Park!

Don’t miss out, buy your tickets early!
Please remember that all seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis – so those who buy their tickets earlier will be seated nearer to the front of the stage

NB: These tickets would make
ideal Christmas presents!

STOP PRESS – announcing the 3rd Knysna Celtic Festival!

ALSO taking place on Saturday 18th February 2017 will be the third
Knysna Celtic Festival
– very kindly sponsored by Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty Knysna

Further information about the full programme of events will be sent out in the New Year

We would be most grateful if you would spread the word by forwarding this information to your friends and work colleagues

Thank you!

We do hope to see you all there!

Very best regards,

Steve, Jo and Martin
Knysna Celtic Festival

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Friday, 08 January 2016 01:19

Date Set for Second Knysna Celtic Festival

The date for the 2016 Knysna Celtic Festival has been set for Saturday 27th February and it’s already promising to be bigger and better than the last year’s inaugural event – so please write this date in your diary and do try to make it along to Loerie Park for this truly memorable event!

The second Knysna Celtic Festival, sponsored by Investec Wealth & Investment, is a celebration of all things Celtic. Comprising a Street March Competition; Massed Pipes & Drums Parade; Pipe Band Competitions; Highland Dancing; Highland Games and an Archery Tournament – all topped off with the fifth Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert – the whole day is packed with entertainment from beginning to end!

Programme of Events – Saturday 27 February 2016:

Street March and Massed Pipes & Drums Parade
Time: 9.15 am – 10.30 am
Venue: Main Road, Knysna (N2 from Pledge Square to Memorial Square)
Entry Fee: FREE
Events: Bands begin with a Slow-to-Quick Street March Competition – the only one of its kind in the country, followed by a spectacular Massed Pipes & Drums Parade with 10+ pipe bands and 150+ pipers, drummers and Highland Dancers from all over South Africa.

Celtic Festival – Main Daytime Events
Time: 11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Venue: Loerie Park, George Rex Drive
Entry Fee: R30 for Adults / R15 for Children (2–12 years old)
Events: Pipe Band Competitions; Solo Piping and Drumming; a Highland Dancing Championship, Highland Games – Powered by The Gym, Knysna; and a Regional Archery Tournament. Food Court and Beer Garden with live Celtic music.

Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert
Time: 5.00 pm – 9.00 pm (Entry from 4.00 pm onwards, please arrive early)
Venue: Loerie Park, George Rex Drive
Entry Fee: R100 per ticket
Event: The highlight of the day will be the fifth annual Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert, the main performers being Blacksmith from Cape Town and the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band. Food Court and Celtic Pub.

Tickets are on sale NOW from all Sotheby’s offices in Knysna, Sedgefield and Plettenberg Bay; from Bosun’s on George Rex Drive; and from The Royal Hotel (corner of Main and Queen Street, Knysna).
Please buy your tickets for the Concert as early as possible as all seats are allocated on a first-come-first served basis – so those who buy their tickets earlier will be seated nearer to the front of the stage.

Please Like Knysna Celtic Festival on Facebook for regular posts and updates:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Knysna-Celtic-Festival/431494573603501
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HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!

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