Cornouaille Festival

Cornouaille Festival

One full week in late July
The Celtic heritage of the Breton people comes alive every year in Quimper, a town in the district of Cornouaille. Located in Brittany, a region in northwestern France, Quimper has hosted this festival of traditional dance, music, storytelling, food, and games for more than 70 years. People dress in Breton costumes, which include elaborate lace bonnets for the women and shallow, brimmed hats for the men. Many of Brittany's inhabitants still speak the ancient Celtic language brought to the region by its first settlers some 2,500 years ago.
CONTACTS:
Cornouaille Festival
P.O. Box 1315
Quimper, Cedex 29103 France
33-2-9855-5353; fax: 33-2-9855-3560
www.festival-cornouaille.com
Quimper Office of Tourism
Place de la Resistance
Quimper, 29000 France
33-2-9853-0405; fax: 33-2-9853-3133
www.quimper-tourisme.com/en
SOURCES:
FestWrld: France-1998, p. 8
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