The Gathering brings the wider community together in celebration of Celtic music, culture and performance.
In the spirit of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, against the historic backdrop of Ipswich, visitors will witness the colour and spectacle of the Queensland Pipe Band Championships, featuring 250 of Australia’s pipe band competitors.
A Highland dancing competition, Celtic music, lost arts and a medieval re-enactment will also feature at this annual Highland gathering of Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Spanish, Cornish Celtic cultures.
Visitors can also sample Haggis, learn how to play the bagpipes and even participate in the strong man style Highland games, featuring the caber toss, kilted dash and tug-of-war.
Bring the whole clan along and discover Celtic heritage and historic Ipswich at The Gathering, across 2 days on the 23rd and 24th May 2020 at the Ipswich Turf Club.
The Gathering is presented by Limestone Events Inc. a local not-for-profit association with the objective of conducting activities which promote arts, culture and heritage in Ipswich. A group of dedicated volunteers coordinate this annual event. The Gathering has a long-term focus to support youth Celtic music, culture and performance, through continued association with the City of Ipswich Pipe Band. Our vision for the event is to become a major cultural festival on the Australian calendar – growing to a multi-day festival in Ipswich for 2020.