Brittany's main events

  • "399 secondes" de Fabrice Melquiot, mise en scène Stanislas Nordey

    Mettre en Scène – Rennes: 3-21 November 2015

    THE rendez-vous for international directors and choreographers, Mettre en Scène has become a crossroads for both dance and theatre. Originating in Rennes, this festival, which takes place every year in November, has now stretched further afield to include Brest, Vannes, Quimper and Lannion.

  • Yaouank – Rennes: 1-21 November 2015

    A fabulous mixture of Breton, world and contemporary music, the Yaouank festival is famed above all for its last night, considered by many to be the biggest fest-noz (traditional evening of Breton music and dance) in the world. But it’s so much more….

  • Transmusicales 2009, Rennes (35)

    Transmusicales – Rennes: 2-6 December 2015

    A leading light of the modern music scene, every winter for the last 30 years, the Transmusicales in Rennes, has given us a taste of the musical trends of tomorrow. Groups come here in the hope of making their last ‘anonymous’ performance before receiving unanimous acclaim from the critics.

  • Spi Ouest France 2010

    Spi Ouest-France - La Trinité-sur-Mer: 24-28 March 2016

    Every Easter, the Easter eggs are hidden, but the single hulls an be seen in broad daylight at the Spi Ouest-France Regatta. A real treat for anyone who loves a regatta.

  • Festivalière, Festival Panoramas, Morlaix (29)

    Panoramas Festival – Morlaix: 25-27 March 2016

    Forget April showers, just join the long queue of festival-goers, all keen to enjoy the unrivalled view of today’s rich musical landscape provided by the Panoramas Festival.

  • Fête de la Coquille Saint-Jacques (Scallop Festival): April 2016

    Saint-Quay-Portrieux, Loguivy-de-la-Mer and Erquy are all known for their scallops and every year on the last weekend in April, they organise a festival in honour of their queen of the seas. Fishing trips, music, and scallops galore – come and celebrate the end of the scallop-fishing season with the very sailors who fish for them.

  • Sonic Youth en concert à Saint Brieuc, lors du festival Art Rock

    Art Rock - Saint-Brieuc: May 2016

    Organised early June, the Art Rock festival kicks off the season to a host of Breton festivals that have as many episodes as a hit TV series.

  • Festival Etonnants Voyageurs, Saint-Malo

    Etonnants Voyageurs (Amazing Travellers) - Saint-Malo: May 2016

    For the last 20 years, the ‘grandchildren of Stevenson and Conrad’ have got into the excellent habit of meeting below the ramparts of Saint-Malo. Flying where its fancy takes it and wherever the wind may carry it, each year, in May, the Étonnants Voyageurs Festival invites us all to take part in a great literary adventure.

  • The Mont Saint-Michel Marathon: May 2016

    You can recognise them by their loose-limbed stride, the 5,000 runners from all over the world who elbow their way through the pack at the start of the Mont-Saint-Michel Marathon. It’s a race against the clock – or rather, against the sea – so they don’t have much time to admire the scenery, which is a pity, because it’s a World Heritage Site.

  • Festival of Brittany: May 2016

    Concerts, exhibitions, ‘fest-noz’, markets…Since 2009, the Fête de la Bretagne has become the perfect occasion for the region to set out to conquer the world with its vitality and up-to-date attitude. More than 300 events are organised all over Brittany and far beyond. This is a great opportunity to discover and experience Breton tradition, folklore and spirit, with family and friends.

  • Balcon & Coublanc

    Astropolis – January 2016

    Every summer for nearly 20 years, there’s been a rave-olution in Brest. Astropolis brings together the ultimate in techno, for a festival that parties along at lightning speed. And since 2012, techno fever has also been filling the city during a winter edition, held in January.

  • Fête des Remparts de Dinan (22)

    Fête des Remparts – Dinan: July 2016

    Although its theme is the Middle Ages, the Fête des Remparts is nonetheless very much of its time. Everyone, whether young or not-so-young, can enjoy taking part in this unusual role-play game, devised in 1983. And this landmark event in Bertrand Du Guesclin's home town looks just as much fun as ever.

  • Piscine Saint-Georges, Les tombées de la nuit, Rennes (35)

    Les Tombées de la Nuit (Nightfalls) – Rennes: July 2016

    A truly unique festival, Les Tombées de la Nuit (Nightfall) brings street art and performance into the spotlight and offers artists and inhabitants a chance to come face to face in some rather unexpected places. Every year, in early summer, surprise and wonderment take over in the streets of Rennes.

  • Fest-Noz Place Saint-Corentin, Festival de Cornouaille, Quimper (29)

    Festival Le Cornouaille – Quimper: July 2016

    Dedicated to the sheer richness and diversity of Breton culture, the Festival de Cornouaille is a cultural cornucopia, and even though it is now nearly ninety years old, this festival is still as youthful as ever.

  • Troménie de Locronan

    Troménie de Locronan – July 2016

    In Breton, troménie means ‘walk around a sacred place’. The troménie in Locronan takes place every six years (next issue in July 2019) and is a totally unique event. Every time, thousands of people, some dressed in traditional costume, take part in the 12 km procession. And if you are too impatient to wait six years for the next Grande Troménie (open to both locals and tourists), a smaller version is organised each year on the second Sunday in July.

  • Parade - Entre Terre et Mer - Rivière de Morlaix

    Where Land meets Sea - Morlaix Bay - July 2016

    Every other year since 2011, in the region of Morlaix, the local farming and seafaring communities have joined together in a huge celebration called ‘Entre Terre et Mer ‘ (‘where land meets sea’). For a weekend, land and sea meet up in a display of all the treasures of the Trégor and Léon areas.

  • Temps Fête Festival - Douarnenez: July 2016

    Every two years, hundreds of traditional sailing ships from all over the world converge on Douarnenez for a festival weekend. It's an amazing sight! Go to Port Rhu to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy concerts on the quayside and sail out to sea on a boat-trip you’ll never forget.

  • Vieilles Charrues - Scène et foule

    Vieilles Charrues – Carhaix: 14-17 July 2016

    Whilst the line-up at the Vieilles Charrues changes every year, for over 20 years its recipe for success has remained the same with a mix of eclecticism and conviviality, legends, and legends in the making. Five stages, 80 artists and 230,000 spectators...This festival really is a must!

  • Feux d'artifice, Brest 2008

    International Maritime Festival - Brest: 13-19 July 2016

    With more than 2,500 boats from the four corners of the world, every four years a million visitors come to witness this incredible journey.

  • Polychromies Guimiliau

    "Calvaries illuminations": July and August 2016

    From Léon to Cornouaille via Morbihan, every year Brittany’s calvaries or roadside crosses, are illuminated to reveal their original colours. Come and see the show.

  • Sound and light shows at Bon-Repos abbey, Saint-Gelven – July and August 2016

    Every summer for the past 25 years, Bon-Repos abbey has become a stage at nightfall, where you can watch the story of Central Brittany unfold, from Neolithic times to the Chouan uprising at the end of the 18th century – all shown in an amazing ‘son et lumière’ sound and light show. 

  • Festival Chants de Marin, Paimpol (22)

    Festival du Chant de Marin (Sea shanty festival) – Paimpol: August 2016

    Every two years some 130,000 festival-goers transform the quays of Paimpol into a sea of happiness. The traditional boats and music from the four corners of the world are certainly this festival’s recipe for success.

  • Route du Rock, Saint-Malo (35)

    Route du Rock – Saint-Malo: August 2016

    Every August, pop is in the air around Saint-Malo. The Route du Rock is back, entirely dedicated to American and British rock bands and attracting around 15,000 festival-goers to the pirate city.

  • Festival du Bout du Monde, Crozon

    Festival du Bout du Monde (Land’s End Festival) – Crozon Peninsula: 5-7 August 2016

    A melting pot or melting pop, it’s clear that this August festival in Crozon is a cultural and musical pic‘n’mix. And whilst the festival is at ‘the ends of the earth’, the programme itself is exactly at the crossroads of several musical influences.

  • Festival Interceltique de Lorient - Nuit celtique

    Festival Interceltique de Lorient: August 2016

    Each summer, around 700,000 people from all over the world invade the Celtic land of Lorient for the Festival Interceltique. From Galicia to Scotland, the cream of Celtic music can be found here, to be enjoyed in a really convivial atmosphere.

  • Festival de Jazz à Vannes

    Jazz in Vannes: August 2016

    What is there to do in Vannes? Sip a Cuba Libre cocktail? Why not, especially when you can take in a concert at the same time, like the Buena Vista Social Club, who played here just a couple of years ago…

  • Festival des Filets bleus 2009, Concarneau (29)

    Les Filets Bleus (Blue Fishing Nets) – Concarneau: August 2016

    Over a hundred years old, the Filets Bleus festival takes place every August, when it gives the town of Concarneau and its inhabitants an opportunity to go back to their roots. A typically Breton-flavoured costumed parade, with dancing and games that have no need whatsoever for artificial colouring.

  • Festival du Film Britannique, Dinard (35)

    Festival du Film Britannique (Festival of British Cinema) – Dinard: 30 September - 4 October 2015

    Who will win the Golden Hitchcock award? Every Autumn, the same wave of suspense grips Dinard’s version of La Croisette in Cannes. Caesar can keep his César, the British Film Festival has Hitchcock for a mascot, and this is one festival where you won’t need subtitles!

  • Élodie Boutry - chapelle Saint-Tugdual, Quistinic

    L’Art dans les Chapelles (Art in the Chapels) – Blavet Valley: 3 July-30 September 2015

    A completely unique experience: each summer, contemporary art and religious art come together with thought-provoking results.

  • Festival Quai des Bulles, Saint-Malo (35)

    Quai des Bulles Festival - Saint-Malo: October 2016

    This is certainly a date that has been circled in Brittany’s calendar of cultural events. The last weekend in October is when some 400 comic strip artists get together at the Quai des Bulles Festival in Saint-Malo.

  • Festival Photo La Gacilly - 5 June-30 September 2015

    Whether the shots are in black and white or in colour, green is always a major player at the Peuples & Nature Photo Festival in La Gacilly. Focusing specifically on the environment, this is an arts event that fully intends to become part of the landscape.

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