LORIENT INTERCELTIC FESTIVAL

Strollad Goueliou Etrekeltieg

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The Celtic Festival in Brittany - An Oriant, Morbihan, Breizh

Details of the 2002 L'Orient Celtic Festival from: Festival Details in English

Strollad Goueliou Etrekeltieg an Oriant, 1/10-8-1997
Festival Interceltique de Lorient 1-10 aout, 1997
Lorient Interceltic Festival 1st-10th August, 1997


UN-OFFICIAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE SITE IN AUSTRALIA

Some related Links:
Main site:
[IMAGE] Azimut Lorient Festival Site
Usefull sites:
[IMAGE] Ouest France - Newspaper - Lorient Festival Site ( in English & French versions )
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Lorient Harbour

[IMAGE] Un-official Lorient Festival Site in Brittany ( in French ) - (Out of order at present)
[IMAGE] A Brittany web site
[IMAGE] Caer Australis for Celtic Council Site access
[IMAGE] The Dunkerleys Cornish & Celtic Links Page


[IMAGE] For official information about the Festival - contact M. Jean-Pierre Pichard, Pen-Renour,
Strollad Goueliou Etrekeltieg an Oriant, 2 Rue Paul Bert, 56100, Lorient, Morbihan, Brittany
Tel: 33.2.97.64.34.13 Fax: +33.97.64.34.13 [IMAGE]

THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL - ON 1st - 10th AUGUST, 1997

Celtic cultures are unique. On one side their roots are firmly in the soil of European history, reaching well back into this continent's Celtic past. On the other, the western peninsulas which had retained their identity spread their traditions far and wide when emigration from Europe became necessary. From Canada to Australia, thousands of musicians are a daily living testimony to this and for those us who stayed, The Knights of the Round Table, Tristan and Isolde and the Legend of Ys are ever present.

The INTERCELTIC FESTIVAL is THE annual gathering for the creative artists of the Celtic countries. Each year in August 4,500 of them converge to the Breton port of Lorient. They come from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Asturias, Galicia and Brittany, as well as from other parts of the world. This is the annual showcase of the Celtic countries and their longstanding traditions but it is also vibrant platform for future talents. On stage, in the street or under big tents, 260 events are played out in front of 300,000 spectators and the players are as diverse as they are gifted: traditional, classical, folk, rock and jazz musicians, singers, dancers, painters, sculpters, writers, film makers and lecturers.

In 1996 the Festival released a video named " 24 hours at the Interceltic Festival of Lorient ".

1997 will be the "Year of Wales" and the Festival will welcome even more Welsh artists.

The INTERCELTIC FESTIVAL also takes place in a unique environment. It is a perfect stage for a holiday with its beaches, sailing, fishing, golfing, horse-riding, rambling, canoeing, local cultural heritage and Breton gastronomy, complete with sea food specialities.

HOW TO GET TO THE INTERCELTIC FESTIVAL

BY ROAD :

Lorient is on the QUIMPER-NANTES
dual carriageway and within reach
off all the major French motorways.

BY TRAIN :

Connection with PARIS by the TGV (high speed train)
and with the major towns

Train service + hotel ,Facilities for handicapped people

Car rental For information please  contact :
SNCF International - 5 rue de Florence
75008 Paris or through any travel agency

BY AIR :

Lann-Bihoué airport (5 miles from the center of Lorient),
4 flights daily to and from Paris on weekdays; 2 on sundays.

For information please contact :
Air Inter , special air rate from USA with Air France
(contact : Jan ZOLLARS - 71 35 21 92 29)
or through any travel agency.

BY COACH :

Coach station l'Orientis
Cours de Chazelles - 56100 LORIENT.

Routes to many country towns.
Telephone : (33) 02 97 21 28 29

BY BOAT : There are several daily car ferries
between Brittany and Great Brittany.

For information please contact :
Brittany-Ferries, Port du Bloscon
29680 ROSCOFF.
Tel.(33) 02 98 29 28 00

ACCOMMODATION IN LORIENT

There are several possibilities. Hotel rooms range in price from 100 to 1250 French Francs but there is also a youth hostel and a holiday camp, along with country holiday homes (i.e. rural gîtes) and numerous camps sites and caravan parks. For information and reservation please contact :

OFFICE DU TOURISME DU PAYS DE LORIENT

Quai de Rohan - 56100 LORIENT

Tel : (33) 02 97 21 07 84

Fax : (33) 02 97 21 99 44

HOTELS - PRICES IN FRENCH FRANCS

Category

Showers &
toilets (extra)

Bath &
toilets

Washing basin

Breakfast

4 STAR

400 - 1250

70

3 STAR

280 - 510

45 - 50

2 STAR

150 - 300

180 - 360

100 - 190

22 - 35

1 STAR

120 - 150

150 - 250

80 - 130

16 - 30




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Sydney, Australia - Sunday 26th January, 1997 -
The Lorient Interceltic Ensemble played themselves into the minds and hearts of the Celts gathered at St Leonards Park for the 4th Annual Celtic Australia Day.
Although heavy rain marred the festival Marianig Larc'hantec on Clarsach (Breton small harp), Catherine Boulogne on Viola, Alain Pennec on Accordian, Alain Kerneur on Bombarde, and Hubert Rand on Bagpipe drew many people out from under shelter to hear the amazing Breton sounds that eminated so provocatively from the small sound shell behind them.
Great ambassadors for Brittany and for the Lorient Interceltic Festival, they bit deeply into people's Celtic spirit and had them literally dancing in the rain.

They headed for Brisbane on the Monday for a performance at the Irish Club, in Brisbane. We certainly hope they will be back again!

Brisbane, Australia - Tuesday 29th January, 1997 -
Having 'brought' the Breton rain to Brisbane as well as Sydney the Ensemble played the house down before 300 Celts at the Queensland Irish Club in Brisbane. Playing well into the night, with impromptu dancing in the audience, Australia's east coast Celts now know the special sounds of Breton music.

The Ensemble, Festival Director Pichard, Festival President Pierre Beurgadie, and accompnaying journalist Alain Cabain of Ouest-France Journal, leave Australia on Thursday 30th with many new friends, and converts to Breton music (as well as a taste for Aussie beer)! We hope that they have enjoyed their short stay and will come back again soon. (Chris Dunkerley, Celtic Council of Australia)

Le Telegramme 7/2/97- "Le Festival Interceltique ambassadeur breton aux antipodes"
Ouest-France 5/2/97 - "Le Festival a la conquete de l'Australie" - "Lorient est bien au couer de la 'Celtic Connection'"


For further information: [IMAGE] The Celtic Council of Australia
kevrenor@ozemail.com.au

For a short time information on the Lorient Interceltic Festival will be available within Australia by sending a Stamped Self Addressed Envelope (SSAE) to "Lorient, c/o 21 Cliff Road Epping NSW 2121 Australia" - A coloured car sticker and a colour brochure will be sent to you with details of the next Festival in Lorient this August, how to get there, and approx. costs. A must if planning a trip to Europe this year. 1997 is to be the Year of Wales!

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