We are excited to be announcing that the 3rd Knysna Celtic Festival is only three weeks away. We are also delighted to be welcoming Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty Knysna on board as our new Title Sponsor.
Last year’s festival was very successful and grew much bigger than the previous year with well over 3,000 people lining Knysna’s Main Road to watch the Slow-to-Quick March competition (the only one of its kind in South Africa!) followed by the spectacular Massed Pipes & Drums Parade; around 2,000 people attending the daytime events; and over 1,500 people coming along to watch our 5th Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert
A big contributing factor to the increasing success of the festival is the incredible support that we get from all of our local supporters; and not forgetting the increasing number of non-local supporters and also the pipe bands and dancers from all over the country who make the long journey to Knysna each year – and so we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who has previously attended and supported our event – we would not be able to do it without you so THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH and hope to see you all back again this year!
Below is the full programme for our 2017 event:
SATURDAY, 18 FEBRUARY
STREET MARCH & MASS PIPES & DRUMS
- Place: Main Road Knysna (the N2, between Pledge Square and Memorial Square)
- Time: 9.00 am – 10.30 am
- Cost: FREE! – Please come along and give your support to this event! Bring your family, friends, neighbours, and even random strangers that you have just met!
We invite you to come and line the street for an hour to witness this truly amazing spectacle as we make history in Knysna for the third year…
Highlights: A March Past by 10 Pipe Bands along Knysna’s Main Street followed by A Massed Pipes & Drums Parade with 150+ pipers, drummers, Highland, Irish & Scottish Country dancers from all over SA.
This event is unique to Knysna, was a huge hit last year and once again promises to be a spectacular event; definitely not to be missed! Please ensure that you come along to watch!
CELTIC FESTIVAL AT LOERIE PARK
- Venue: Loerie Park, George Rex Drive, Knysna
- Time: 11.00 am – 3.00 pm
- Entrance Fee: Adults – R30, Children – R15
- Pay at Gate
Please note that ll pre-bought Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert tickets this year include FREE DAY ENTRY! See below…
PBASA Pipe Band Competitions, Solo Piping & Drumming
Highland Dancing competition – further information and Entry Forms
from Roslyn Lavery: firstname.lastname@example.org
Irish and Scottish Country Dancing Displays
Knysna Highland Games – Powered by The Gym Knysna
– further information and Entry Forms from: email@example.com
We are encouraging Team Entries for this FUN EVENT from local schools and businesses, so please do contact The Gym asap if you would like to enter, or be a part of, a team!
Regional 3D Archery Tournament
– being organised by the Knysna Outdoor Archery Circuit (KOAC): firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW! Eden Tug-of-War Tournament
Our Celtic Village returns and in the Food Court there will be a variety of local vendors selling delicious lunchtime food so please do plan to have your lunch at Loerie Park to support them! Our stallholders this year will include not one but two kilt outfitters, and of course no festival would be complete without The Bell Beer Garden with live Celtic music throughout the day from Cape Town musicians Christy-Lyn, Jenny & The James, and Myddle Earth (in aid of the Knysna Sea Cadets).
SUNDOWNERS CELTIC & BLUEGRASS CONCERT
- Venue: Loerie Park, George Rex Drive, Knysna
- Time: 5.00 pm – 9.00 pm
- Tickets: R140 – still available from all Sotheby’s branches in Knysna, Sedgefield and Plettenberg Bay, Bosun’s Bar & Grill (George Rex Drive), The Royal Hotel (corner of Main & Queen Streets), Knysna & Partners
As mentioned above, please note that all pre-bought tickets for the Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert this year include FREE DAY ENTRY!
- International Guests! – Renowned International Celtic duo Finlay Macdonald (pipes) & Chris Stout (fiddle) from Scotland
- The ever-popular Blacksmith from Cape Town
- Knysna & Districts Pipe Band
- Christy-Lyn (harp) who will also be singing two songs in Gaelic
- Celtic Dance Tapestry performing two amazing Riverdance pieces
- AND MORE!…
Food & Beverages: Great food & dinner will be available all afternoon and evening – so please do plan to have your dinner during the concert to support all of our wonderful local food vendors, thank you! And to get everyone into the party mood so that we can all have a rip-roaringly good time, the The Bell Celtic Pub will be serving beer, cider, wine & other refreshments throughout the whole concert.
NB: No cooler boxes, food or drinks are allowed to be brought into the grounds of Loerie Park, for either the Day Events or the Concert, thank you.#
Please do come along to all of the highly entertaining and enjoyable events on the Saturday and HAVE SOME GREAT FUN with us!!! – with your support we can ensure this event becomes a permanent fixture on the Knysna calendar!
NB: Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert Tickets!
If you haven’t already bought your tickets for the Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert please go get them asap (seating is limited)! – and please remember that all seating is allocated in order of date of purchase, i.e. those buying their tickets earlier will be seated nearer the front than those buying their tickets later.
We would be most grateful if you would spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends and work colleagues. Thank you
We’re really looking forward to seeing you all there!
Very best regards,
Steve Collins, Jo Stewart, Martin Green
Knysna Celtic Festival
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