Festival interceltique

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Celtic nations
It occurs every year at the beggining of August and celebrate the celtic culture from the whole world : Brittany (France) of course, Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall (England), Wales - which is the celebrated country this year -, Galice and Asturies (Spain) and also some « bagad » (bands) from Australia and the USA ! Many activities celebrate the celtic culture such as concerts, street animations, parades, stands for example. There is really a lot to do in town for those who love or want to learn more about the celtic culture!

On the first Sunday of the festival, the big parade is a must see if you are in the area. I managed to arrive at 8am in Lorient to have one on the best places to watch it.
Britanny
The access in the street is free and thousands of people come to Lorient for it. To enjoy it at its maximum, you'd better arrive early and wait!From 10am to 12.30pm, hundreds of musicians and people wearing old-time clothes march through the town, playing music and dancing. Even though pipes are the main character, they are not the only particularity of the celtic culture, so the show is various!
Another parade takes place at the end of the afternoon, mainly with the pipes that time, so the first one of the day is more interesting.

All day long, you can meet the groups from the parade again wandering in the streets, dancing and playing music.

At night, I went to the show « Nuits magiques » at the stadium. It was raining a lot but they managed to let the show go on. It was a good show but not complete, as it was raining too much, we missed a lot the dancers as we only had musicians. Anyway, they did a great job as the sound was quite good with such a bad weather. The music with the lights effects and the pictures created a very nice atmosphere. It ended with a firework around 12.30am.

Back in the streets, it was still very animated with music, concerts and parties.

Sweetski says:
I've been to this festival once :) It was wonderful indeed.
Posted on: Aug 22, 2008
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Celtic nations
Celtic nations
Britanny
Britanny
Brittany
Brittany
Asturies
Asturies
Bride from Brittany
Bride from Brittany
Scottish
Scottish
Asturies
Asturies
From Australia
From Australia
Little dancers from Brittany
Little dancers from Brittany
Lorient
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