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The Irish Australian Support Association of Queensland in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland, Canberra and The Tivoli Brisbane, present Samhain.
Dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating are popular Halloween activities, but few probably associate these light-hearted traditions with their origins in Samhain, a three-day ancient Celtic pagan festival that originated in Ireland. For the Celts, who lived during the Iron Age, Samhain (meaning literally, in modern Irish, “summer’s end”) marked the end of summer and kicked off the Celtic new year.
The Festival of Samhain marked the end of the Celtic year and the beginning of the new one and as such can be seen to the equivalent of New Year's Eve. With this in mind, Samhain is a
night of celebration as we look towards the final part of 2021.
After a hugely successful event last year, the Irish Australian Support Association are proud to present this year’s Samhain event. Join us on Sunday, 31st October from 4pm for an
evening to celebrate the Celtic roots of Halloween with live Irish music from Sasta, Irish dancers and stories from the Shanachaí. (A seanchaí is a traditional Gaelic storyteller/historian.) The event kicks off at 4pm with family friendly kid’s activities. We’ll be
recreating the Irish childhood games of bobbing for apples and trick or’ treating. Sasta will then kick off the show at 5pm which will consist of live music mixed with old Irish Halloween
stories.
This event is inclusive of all gender-identities, ages and cultures. Bring along family and friends to celebrate Samhain, the ancient Celtic tradition of Halloween.
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Celtic Celebrations
SATURDAY 4 DECEMBER, 7:30 PM
Old Museum, Bowen Hills

Join Alisa Jones and Queensland Wind and Brass in their final concert for the year, featuring:
Amazing Grace (arr. Matt Riley) with special guest Julianna Kim on solo violin
Highland Cathedral for Bagpipes and Wind Orchestra (by Siegried Rundel)
A range of favourite Celtic folk songs, chorales, and Christmas caroles.
This joyous and charming celebration of all things Celtic is sure to leave you with a smile on your face, a jig in your step, and a song in your heart.

Ticket information: This event is General Admission. You can pre-purchase your tickets from the Old Museum or at the door.
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Queensland Irish Choir is gearing up for Christmas and wish to invite you all to their concert, titled Let’s Celebrate the Festive Season. They will be singing a mixture of songs, some Christmas themed and lots of other favourites. They will also sing as Gaeilge, with Don oíche úd i mBeithil (That night in Bethlehem). Full details on the poster! ... See MoreSee Less

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