Preparations are well underway to stage an annual festival in Redruth celebrating the Cornish culture and its Celtic connections.

Lowender Celtic Festival is returning to the historic mining town during October half term.

The line-up includes local and international acts with 300 performers are set to take to the stage across nine different locations in Redruth throughout the four-day festival between October 26 and 29.

Concerts, displays, music, singing sessions, dancing, Cornish language, talks, workshops and family activities are all part of the programme. 

Festival highlights include Avanc at Redruth School on Friday, October 26 at 7.30pm, Mike O’Connor and Barbra Griggs at St Andrew’s Church on Saturday, October 28 at 4pm as well as Elizabeth Davidson and Daniel Quayle at Redruth School on Saturday, October 28 at 7.30pm.

Street entertainment and a mini cider festival will be held in Fore Street and Market Hall on Saturday, October 28 from 10am to 4pm.

There will be a Cornish dance workshop with Kekezza, a Welsh Clog dancing workshop with Avanc and a Manx dance workshop with Caitlin Allinson.

Lowender Celtic Festival, which has been running for more than 40 years, is an opportunity for people to engage with Cornwall’s living traditions and learn about our Celtic connections. 

Lowender trustee, Jowdy Davey, said: “Tickets for Lowender 2023 have been selling quicker than ever before and we think this is because more people are taking pride in their Cornish roots and want to learn about our living traditions.

“Festival goers will be able to join traditional ceilidhs, enjoy live music from Celtic acts, watch some Cornish wrestling and even attend a workshop to improve their fiddle technique.”

Tickets are now on sale now and children go free.

Free events are also featured throughout the festival programme so that everyone can take part including; open music sessions at St Rumons Town Bar, a Cornish Music Symposium at Kresen Kernow and a Mini Cider Festival in Market Hall with free musical entertainment. 

 There are numerous creative activities to entertain children throughout the festival as charitable organisation Lowender want young people to have the opportunity to access Cornish culture. Children go free with a paying adult to Lowender Celtic Festival. 

Tickets for Lowender Celtic Festival and workshops taking place throughout the festival are available to purchase online now:

Tickets to the Cornish Music Symposium are free but must be reserved on the Lowender festival tickets page.