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Archive: Battle for borders and kilts at Celtic fe
Sunday 18 July 2004
As part of the annual Rivercelts Winter Festival the Jacobite Tartan Army defended the Scottish borders in an improvised choreographed battle on Sunday 18th July 2004.

The staged battled was street theatre conducted according to military rules and regulations. “The battle has evolved throughout the three-year Rivercelts history into a spectacular display”. The festival was funded through Creative Communities New Zealand Scheme and supported by Hamilton Community Arts Council City.

When it’s mid July and cold it’s time for people with Celtic interests to gather around the huge open fire and share stories, toast a haggis and learn a new tune on the tin whistle.

The festival attracts people from throughout the North Island. There was an informal meeting and greeting opening ceremony Friday night. Saturday there was a more formal Ceilidh with callers, dancing bands and performers including a singer, fiddler, harpist and violinist.

During the day on Saturday and on Sunday morning various workshops and presentations were held including basic kilt-making, run by pipe major and kilt-maker Bryan Mitchell, beginner whistle and ceilidh dance classes, Irish language and Cornish singing workshops, and poetry readings. People who came to the festival learnt about the Irish creation myth and Celtic dance traditions.

Sue Tregoweth attended the festival held on the weekend of 16-18th July 2004 at the Narrows Park, Hamilton, New Zealand. Sue attended several workshops and enjoyed meeting others with an interest in Celtic history.

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