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A Celtic Christmas brings Ireland's seasonal spirit to Australia

A Celtic Christmas brings the vibrant spirit of Ireland to Australia with a seasonal twist. Picture supplied
A Celtic Christmas brings the vibrant spirit of Ireland to Australia with a seasonal twist. Picture supplied

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In November 2023, Australian Irish dancing touring company Pace Live Entertainment is set to bring the vibrant spirit of Ireland to Australia with their latest tour, A Celtic Christmas.

Headlining the show is Irish dancing legend Sean Michael McHugh, who spent 15 years with Lord of The Dance before becoming the company's dance director. McHugh will share the stage with world-class musicians and exceptional Irish dancer Ciara Loughran, the 2022 Senior Ladies World Champion in Irish dance.

This heartwarming production promises Australian audiences an unforgettable experience, filled with laughter, Christmas cheer, and the joy of the festive season.

A Celtic Christmas transports audiences to Ireland, where energetic music and dance epitomize the essence of the holiday season. The show features over 15 of the world's leading Irish dancers and musicians, including stars from well-known productions like Riverdance and Lord Of The Dance.

Combining traditional tunes, heartfelt ballads, and beloved carols, A Celtic Christmas delivers a powerful blend of music and dance, creating a mesmerizing storytelling experience infused with Irish charm.

Director and producer Brent Pace expressed his excitement about the show.

"In our Christmas production, we've assembled a spectacular lineup, showcasing unparalleled talents from around the globe. From world-class musicians to the most skilled Irish dancers, our stage features the very best in the industry," Brent said.

"What sets this show apart is not just the technical brilliance but also the heartwarming spirit of the Christmas season, evident in every note played and every step danced.

"It's a production that embodies the essence of the holidays-a feel-good extravaganza filled with laughter, Christmas cheer, and the pure joy of the festive season."

Producer Ceili Moore added more.

"Our Christmas show embraces the spirit of the season, weaving a tapestry with the rich threads of Irish influence," Ceili said.

"With brand new music capturing the essence of our heritage and talents resonating through every note, we invite our audience to immerse themselves in a truly authentic Irish experience. It's a celebration of our culture, our traditions, and the immense talent of our performers.

"This show is not just a performance; it's a heartfelt journey into the soul of Ireland."

Australian Irish dancing duo Ceili Moore and Brent Pace, renowned world champions in Irish dancing, have established themselves on the global stage, dancing alongside legends such as Michael Flatley, Riverdance, and Gaelforce. Coming from esteemed Irish dancing families in Australia, their union gave rise to Pace Live Entertainment Group, a unique Australian-Irish dance touring company.

Choreographed and produced by Brent Pace and Ceili Moore, A Celtic Christmas promises to be a star-studded spectacular, embodying the magic and celebration of Irish dance and culture.

Tour dates for A Celtic Christmas can be found at

Bookings are essential, and places are limited.

Victoria tour dates:

Sunday, November 19 Swan Hill Town Hall, Swan Hill

Thursday, November 23 Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool

Friday, November 24 Frankston Arts Centre

Saturday, November 25 Geelong Arts Centre

Sunday, November 26 Cardinia Cultural Centre, Pakenham

Tuesday, November 28 The Cube, Wodonga

Wednesday, Nov 29 The Round, Blackburn

Thursday, November 30 Bunjil Place, Narre Warren

Saturday, December 2 Horsham Toen Hall

Sunday, December 3 Williamstown Town Hall

Tuesday, December 5 Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre

Wednesday, December 6 Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, Bairnsdale

Thursday, December 7 West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul

Friday, December 8 The Wedge Performing Arts Centre, Sale

Saturday, December 9 Gippsland Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon

Sunday, December 10 Riverlinks Eastbank, Shepparton

Tuesday, December 12 Portland Civic Hall

Wednesday, December 13 Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

Thursday, December 14 Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre

Friday, December 15 Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, Ballarat

Saturday, December 16 Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo

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