Brittany’s Inter-celtic Music festival

festival interceltique 2008 posterBrittany always seems a bit different to the rest of France, with its strong links to Celtic Cornwall, Wales, Ireland and Scotland – something to do with being on the fringes of a bigger land mass with a strong maritime tradition.

Your knowledge of French pronunciation will be of little use in trying to articulate some of the place names (e.g. LE RELECQ-KERHUON on the Tour de France route from Brest) – its can be indecipherable as Welsh appears to non-Welsh speakers.

Fortunately Lorient (56 Morbihan, Brittany) is easier to say, and will be the venue for the  Interceltic Fesitval (Festival Interceltique) which runs from 2 – 11 August 2019

in 2018 the guest nation is Wales, with Manic Street Preachers amongst the acts appearing.

In 2017 Scotland was the “guest of honour” and Scottish music and musicians from featured throughout the event.

There will be a wealth of folk and traditional music and dancing from across the Celtic world. However, do not assume that this is all about folk music – in previous years there has been rock, bagpipes, Welsh Male Voice Choirs, theatrical presentations (including one about the history of the Canal from Nantes to Brest) masterclasses – all promising to offer entertainment to suit most tastes.

For more info see

Lorient is a significant port in southern Brittany with plenty of decent beaches in the area – see ( (A word of warning – the site offers an English language version but this is generated through Google’s translation tool – which often results in some rather strange phrases – so treat it with caution!)


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