The Winter Gaidhealtachd Feis introduces
The Winter RiverCelts Celtic Festival.

Originally organised & Sponsored by the Cambridge and District Pipe Band, Mitchell Kilt Hire
and supported by Clan MacLachlan Society of New Zealand, and the Cambridge Scottish Society this event is now identified as the RiverCelts Celtic Festival and takes place in June very year since 2000.

This is not a New Age Celtic Fair with stalls and such as the grounds used belong to the Presbyterian Church. Many people associate things Celtic solely with the type of events associated with the New Age movement. This is a misconception of Celtic society which reached it's peak under the realm of the Culdees and Celtic Christianity - not Churchianity, nor paganism. The RiverCelts Celtic Festival interest is with promoting music and dance for the enjoyment of everyone having a Celtic ancestry, background or interest. Casual workshops are organised for the introduction of folk to various instruments, (whistles, fiddle, bagpipes, etc,depending on instructors available) and dances generally of a post-Napoleonic nature (set dancing, etc). An evening Ceilidh is organised with music and dances and often a Haggis ceremony. The dances are called, and very accessible to everyone (even those who come along just for the evening Ceilidh).

Prepare for The Winter 2006
River Celts Festival

Make sure you see the Celtic activities organised for a weekend of

fun in June 2006.

"Be seen to enjoy your Kiwi Celtic heritage."


These photographs illustrate some of the activities at the Gaidhealtachd Feis held near Hamilton, New Zealand, in June 1999. (Fri/Sat/Sun)

  The bodhran workshop
A group learning to play the

Learning to toss the caber
Learning how to
handle a caber
Addressing the Haggis

The Haggis Address


Ceud Mille Failte
(A hundred Thousand Welcomes)

The RiverCelts Celtic Festival is held to foster the Celtic cultural activities that are part of the NZ lifestyle.

It is Pan-Celtic to enable all Celtic New Zealanders to particpate and enjoy the exposure and growing interest in our own culture and background origins. In the original manner of the Whangarei Heads Gaidhealtachd each year sees a different organiser group.

The venue each year is The Narrows Camp in park like surroundings close to the banks of the Waikato River.

Visit the associated pages .
View the 2001 Cambridge Celtic Festival page.
Please do drop in regularly to check progress and programme. Thankyou.

For Reports about
the Inaugural Hamilton Winter Gaidhealtachd Feis 1999,
Tartan Day 2000, and The Cambridge Celtic Festival 2001
you can, click
or for further information use our contact form......................
Copyright 1999
Mitchell Kilt Hire
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