All things Cornish are set to be a big hit at this year’s Festival Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany. Cornish food and drink, music, dancing and art have all made a big impression on festival goers and exhibitors in the past and this year will be no exception.
This year, the Festival is set to take place from 01 to 10 August 2014 and Cornwall will have an exhibition there to promote Cornwall as a tourist destination as well as showcase Cornish produce and culture.
Julian German, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, who will be attending the festival, says: “The Lorient Festival is an important platform to attract people to Cornwall. It is evident that many people have heard of Cornwall and we need show what Cornwall has to offer. Our environment, our heritage and culture, our food and drink, are strong reasons why people decide to come to Cornwall and they are not weather dependent. Cornwall has much to offer and we need to make sure that we are actively participating on the international stage to ensure that everyone knows this.”
Celtic regions from across the globe attend the festival every year, with the Cornish being joined by Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Galicia, Asturias, the Acadie region of North East Canada as well as bands and dancers from across Brittany. It’s an opportunity to celebrate Celtic heritage, languages and culture in a bonanza of music and dance, food and drink. Over 600,000 people visit the festival each year, which takes over the southern Breton city of Lorient over the ten days in August.
Visit Cornwall and MAGA will be working with Cornwall Council to put on an exhibition of the best attractions and activities that the region has to offer as well as details of the language, music and culture that has been the signature of Cornwall’s distinctiveness. The stand will be manned by volunteers who are giving their time and language skills to ensure that visitors are well informed and welcomed. Over the 10 days of the festival, thousands will visit the stands and it is hoped that some of these will translate into future visitors helping to boost the Cornish economy.
In addition, producers from across Cornwall will be coming together to show festival goers a small sample of the outstanding food and drink on offer back home. Visitors will be able to sample Cornish brewed beer and cider courtesy of Skinners Brewery, pasties from Trevethicks and Cornish cream teas with clotted cream from Roddas, all brought to the festival by Cornish caterers Downright Delicious. Last year the local newspaper heralded the humble Cornish Pasty as ‘the revelation of the festival’ and 2014 will see even more people experience the delights of traditional Cornish cuisine.
Each year the Lorient festival invites a delegation of Cornish musicians and dancers to perform alongside those from the other Celtic nations in the main festival programme. This year 5 piece Cornish folk/rock band Tredanek, the award-winning Canoryon Lowen choir from St Neot and Truro based Cornish dance group Hevva will be taking part in concerts, workshops and presentations throughout the week as well as representing Cornwall in the Grand Parade, which itself attracts some 60,000 spectators. The groups will also be performing at the Cornish stand, helping to ensure it is lively and vibrant.
In addition visual artist Sandra Boreham will be representing Cornwall in the visual art exhibition and two films from Cornwall, Skath by Paul Farmer and My yw genys, by Alban Roinnard, will be part of the film programme.
Jenefer Lowe, responsible for the Cornish delegation, said “Lorient is an excellent showcase and provides an annual chance for us to celebrate Cornish culture alongside other Celtic nations and regions on an international stage. I am grateful to all the performers, producers and volunteers who will be taking part this year and look forward to a successful festival.”
Story posted 22 July 2014