Festival Interceltique de Lorient – Because the Celts certainly know how to party! More than 700,000 people will descend upon the town of Lorient this August in a declaration of unification between the people of Brittany.
The Festival Interceltique has been going since 1971 and is one of Europe’s biggest festivals.
From Galicia to Scotland, much of the western extremities of Europe that connect with the Atlantic Ocean, have been inhabited by Celtic people for many centuries and this great longstanding Celtic tradition, attracts people from far and wide.
Over the festive period there will be 200 or so events with 2000 performers from the Celtic world, equipped with bagpipes, tartan skirts and plenty of zest.
When you trawl down the huge list of performers you realise just how immense this festival is and what it must mean to the Celts. There are some huge names in the list, including the legendary Sinead O’Conner and Imelda May. There will be musicians there from the Isle of Man, the Irish and Scots will be there, alongside the Welsh and the Cornish, all linked together by one ancient and common ancestry.
Although it’s not only Celts who are welcome at the Interceltique Festival, as on the contrary, everyone is invited to this huge and unforgettable festival of music and laughter.
If you are not far from the town of Lorient in the Morbihan commune of Brittany from August 2 – 11, 2013, then be sure to take a peek at how this great unified nation, who are spread out in Europe over a coastline that stretches for over 1,000 miles, throw a festival.