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Ceol Aneas Traditional Irish Music Festival 2024

Friday 31st May-Monday 3rd June 2024

Ceol Aneas (Music From the South) is New Zealand's largest gathering of Irish traditional music and has been running for the past 24 years. Musicians from all over New Zealand and Australia gather annually in Nelson over King's Birthday weekend for a weekend of classes and music. The event provides tuition in Irish flute, tin whistle, fiddle, banjo and mandolin, accordion and concertina, guitar, traditional singing, set dancing and uilleann pipes.

FRIDAY - The Friday night informal live lounge concert will be held at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts.

SATURDAY - Bring the whole family to have fun at our community céilí at Trafalgar Hall on Saturday night. Come and listen to a traditional music session in bars and cafés around town, from 8 pm till late at The Free House, the Prince Albert and other venues. Please see our website for more detailed venue information. A family-friendly singing session will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 3.30pm - 5.30pm (venue TBC).

SUNDAY - The Sunday evening Festival Highlight Concert will be at The Nelson Centre of Musical Arts at 7pm on Sunday, and will feature an exciting lineup of festival guests.

We hope you'll join us for a weekend of great music and 'craic' (Irish for a good time!)

Family Friendly


May 31
June 1–3


Nelson & suburbs


Nelson Centre of Musical Arts
48 Nile Street, Nelson, New Zealand
For classes and concerts. Ceili to be held at Trafalgar Hall, and sessions at venues as specified.

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

Tickets from NCMA for concert tickets, ceili tickets available at the door


Ph. 027 687 5455

Additional Info

Official Website

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