The Interceltic Festival in Lorient

Lorient is a city located in the south of Brittany in the west of France. 

Brittany is a region which has a very strong cultural identity, especially because it’s a Celtic region in France. 

The Celts were in Brittany, just like in Ireland, Wales (UK), Scotland (UK), Galicia (Spain), Asturia (Spain) and other European countries. They spoke Celtic languages which still exist thanks to the good will of the people who live in these Celtic areas. They do not want to lose them because they are a big part of their culture and identity. 

Since 1971, every summer, in August, all the Celtic musicians and fans of Celtic music have gathered at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, also known as FIL by the locals. It’s a real celebration of Celtic culture. 

Almost 700,000 people go to this festival to enjoy its various gigs, parades and other events every year.

The duration of the festival is 9 days. Its entrance costs 9 euros. You receive a bracelet which is your pass and your wallet for the duration of the event. You choose the amount you want to add on your wallet. 5 euros minimum. Indeed, if you want to drink or eat in the area of the festival, the stands don’t accept euros but CeltiCash. Some parts of the festival are free, such as the big parade which presents all the artists of the event highlighting their origin.

Outside the festival, you can find many bars and stands where you can buy crepes, waffles, Celtic jewels, local craft and the famous “marinières” (stripped sweaters traditionally worn by sailors).

The people who go to the Festival Interceltique de Lorient are warm-hearted and are there to enjoy life by listening to Celtic music, drinking, eating local food and dancing. They are there to enjoy the fest-noz (= night party in Breton)

The gavotte is one of the dances you can enjoy during the festival. It is a folk dance, probably from lower Brittany. We dance it, sometimes by holding each other’s pinky, making an open human chain. All the people who want to join the chain are welcome. It’s easy to learn the different steps. Then just let yourself go and enjoy the special Celtic atmosphere and community spirit.

The festival also offers conferences about the challenges of the Celtic culture in Europe and story telling events. The Celtic legends are famous in popular culture.

Every year, there is a special Celtic country guest.

If you visit Brittany, this festival is a must-see. It’s located in the city center of Lorient, in the neighborhood of the port. 

Learn more about Le Festival Interceltique de Lorient by visiting its website.

Correction: île de Groix

île de Groix

île de Groix

Anticipation:

Avez-vous une idée d’où se trouve l’île de Groix?

L’île de Groix est située dans l’ouest de la France en Bretagne.

Recherchez sur Internet pour savoir dans quelle région française elle est située.

Ile-de-Groix

Compréhension globale:

Quels types de paysages peut-on voir à Groix? Citez trois éléments du paysage.

  • des falaises
  • des plages
  • un port
  • l’océan
  • des vagues / l’écume

 

Compréhension détaillée:

Pourquoi cette île plaît-elle tant au photographe?

La lumière de Groix change régulièrement. Ses paysages sauvages, ses falaises qui se jettent dans l’océan.

Quelle grande ville du continent est située à proximité de l’île?

Lorient, ville du Morbihan, en Bretagne.

Quelle poisson a-t-il fait la richesse de l’île?

Le thon.

Qui étaient les principaux employés de la conserverie?

Les femmes de l’île.

Pouvez-vous décrire les deux côtés de l’île?

Un côté est ouvert sur le continent européen donc il y a de nombreux bateaux et de la vie. L’autre côté est situé vers le continent de l’Oncle Sam, donc le continent américain. Les bateaux y sont plus rares.

 

Complétez ce tableau: Les activités des touristes sur l’île:

Activités des touristes Inconvénients
 La plongée  L’eau est froide
 Le vélo  Peu de panneaux et de marquages au sol.

 

Complétez cette citation de Chateaubriand:

“Qui voit Groix, voit sa joie”.

Danse bretonne au Festival Interceltique de Lorient en Bretagne