Enjoy the inaugural Knysna Celtic Festival

Residents and visitors of Knysna will experience a transformation of the town on February 28 from 09:30 to 10:30 as the skirl of the pipes, the sound of the drums and the grace of the Highland dancers will all unite to form a rich kaleidoscope of Celtic pleasures. 

With the success of the town’s annual Sundowners Celtic and Bluegrass Concert organisers Steve Collins, Jo Stewart and Martin Green have expanded the original concept from a once-off concert to a day of Celtic celebration, the Knysna Celtic Festival.

The festival kicks-off with eight pipe bands’ marching down Knysna’s Main Road as they compete in a technically challenging slow-to-quick march. Limited Edition, a well-known talented drum corps from Mannenberg, Cape Town, bands and Highland dancers will join the pipers close to the Melville Corner to create an impressive mass parade of pipes and drums similar to the highlight of the famous Edinburgh Festival.

Following this parade the Knysna Celtic Festival continues at Loerie Park from 11:00 to 15.00. At a mere R30 per adult and R15 for children, festival goers can enjoy a full programme that includes the PBASA (Pipe Bands’ Association of South Africa) pipe band competitions, solo piping and drumming competitions, Highland and Irish Dancing Championships, a Scottish country dancing display, the Knysna Highland Games powered by CrossFit Knysna, and other live music and busking throughout the day.

Loerie Park will be transformed into a Celtic Village complete with pub, food court selling delicious food throughout the day, and arts and crafts stalls. Children will be kept entertained by the many child-friendly activities.

As the final pièce de résistance the Knysna and Districts Pipe Band (who became the first non-military band ever to be invited to play at the Cape Town Military Tattoo) will team up with iconic Blacksmith, a Cape Town bluegrass band in a unique concert in aid of the Knysna Sea Cadets. During the evening concert, organisers promise high quality food vendors and remind festival goers that the Mitchell’s pub will be open throughout the concert.

Tickets for the concert that starts at 17:00 till 21:00 cost R80 and can be purchased from all Sotheby’s branches in Knysna, Sedgefield and Plettenberg Bay as well as Bosun’s Bar and Grill on George Rex Drive.

The organiser promise that the Knysna Celtic Festival will be a truly memorable experience and say that this the festival offers an opportunity to put Knysna firmly on the Celtic map. So, enjoy the wonderful events and become a part of history in the making.


Bands which will be taking part in the Massed Pipes & Drums Street Parade and also competing are as follows:
Knysna & Districts Pipe Band
1 Medical Battalion Pipe Band (from Durban)
Drums & Pipes of the Cape Town Highlanders Regiment
Cape Field Artillery Pipe Band (Cape Town)
Algoa Caledonian Pipe Band (from Port Elizabeth)
East London Caledonian Society Pipe Band
St Andrew’s College Pipe Band (Grahamstown)
Bloemfontein Scottish Pipes & Drums


Jo Stewart
Knysna Celtic Festival
083 499 6763

The Knysna & Districts Pipe Band enjoying themselves during the 2014 Celtic Concert.

The Knysna & Districts Pipe Band enjoying themselves during the 2014 Celtic Concert.




Knysna residents and visitors flocked to the Celtic Concert in 2014.

Knysna residents and visitors flocked to the Celtic Concert in 2014.