Celtic Fest back after two long years

Claymore will return to the National Celtic Festival in Portarlington this long weekend. (supplied)

Portarlington will host the National Celtic Festival for the first time in two years.

Normally held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, the festival was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, but it’s all systems go this weekend.

The 2022 line up gives a huge warm welcome to some acts who have been programmed over the two cancelled events, some festival favourites and will also introduce some exciting new acts and artists.

Hundreds of national artists have joined the line up – musicians, dancers, storytellers, singers, comedians, theatre, visual artists and filmmakers with hundreds of classes, masterclasses, workshops and projects.

The market area includes food trucks and expo stands, designer market, instrument makers, demonstrations, ancient ceremony and rituals around open fires, highland cattle exhibitions, Gaelic football displays and new works/projects from visual artists.

The festival is a massive cash injection for Portarlington and the Bellarine Peninsula, drawing thousands from other areas of the state and country.

Tickets can be purchased for one day or the entire weekend at nationalcelticfestival.com/tickets

The festival begins on Friday June 10 and concludes around 3pm Monday June 13.

Go to nationalcelticfestival.com/artists for the full lineup of artists.