The Festival Interceltique de Lorient (French), Gouelioù Etrekeltiek An Oriant (Breton) or Inter-Celtic Festival of Lorient in English, is an annual Celtic festival, located in the city of Lorient, Brittany, France. It was founded in 1971 by Polig Montjarret.
This annual festival takes place in the heart of the city every August and is dedicated to the cultural traditions of the Celtic nations (pays celtes in Brittany), highlighting celtic music and dance and also including other arts such as painting, photography, theatre, sculpture, traditional artisan as well as sport and gastronomy.
Participants come from Brittany, Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Wales, Cumbria, the Isle of Man, Cape Breton Island, Galicia, Asturias, Acadia, and the entire Celtic diaspora.
SHOWCASE SCOTLAND EXPO have negotiated a Year of Scotland at the Lorient Interceltique Festival in Brittany France 2017. The Focus is supported by, the Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, Visit Scotland, TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland), Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Fèis Rois, Scottish Music Centre, British Council Scotland, TMSA (Traditional Music and Song Association) and HebCelt Festival. The Festival is the largest of its kind in mainland Europe with an average audience of 800,000 over ten days.
There are several performance opportunities for artists including the Scottish Pavilion, which is free to the general public and will run from 10am until 1.30am–2.30am each day, the Gala Opening Concert featuring an all-Scottish line-up curated by the HebCelt Festival and the Grand Night of Scotland concert curated by Donald Shaw. These elements are all fully programmed and we would like to thank the dozens of artists who replied to the open application to perform at the festival. There are 32 Scottish bands or solo artists who have been announced so far with more to come as part of the wider festival program. Scottish artists make up 20% of the overall programme at the festival. If you take the Breton artists out of the equation that figure rises to 50%. This represents the biggest presence of any international partner country at the festival. Showcase Scotland Expo is currently working closely with all our partners in Scotland and Lorient on the organisation of the Scottish presence at this year’s festival. We are looking forward to a great 10 days in Brittany with lots and lots of Scottish friends. Let’s hope Lorient is ready for us!