In a region steeped in history and prehistory it is not surprising that Brittany has many festivals, carnivals and events that are celebrated throughout the year. The origins of these events are often religious or are of medieval or celtic tradition kept alive down the centuries.
The Festival Interceltique Lorient held over 10 days in August, in Lorient, is one of Brittany’s largest and internationally known festivals. It celebrates the strong celtic heritage of the region through folklore dance and traditional music in the streets of the city and covered halls. Professionals, local amateurs and tourists all participate.
For Baroque music lovers there is the Lanvellec baroque music festival, 9th – 24th Oct. International artists play concerts of Baroque music in churches and arts venues around the towns of Lanvellec, Lannion and Plestin Les Grees.
Nearly every town or village in Brittany has at least one festival or event celebrated annually. Below is a list of festivals and celebrations local to Ville Voisin area and further afield.
In late July each year the small character town of Malestroit hosts the oldest summer music festival in Brittany. It has become a major Breton musical event encompassing rock music from its beginnings to today’s rock. ‘Rock Bridge’ is an independent spirit, open and free mixing big names and young discoveries.
On the 2nd Sunday in July there is an Accordion Festival attended by 5000 people and 150 musicians.
On the 1st Sunday in August is Noce Bretonnes, an annual revival of an ancient country wedding feast where around 1000 people enjoy feasting and dancing in traditional costume and camaraderie.
On 2nd weekend of August “Le Pardon des motards” takes place and in the region of 20,000 motorbikes of all shapes, sizes and ages gather together and finally drive by in procession through all the local villages including Augan.
Journee de Patrimoine happens on the 3rd weekend in September. On this occassion many of Augan’s (Brittany’s) local historical buildings are opened up to the public, for example, many private manors and chateaux, small commune owned chapelles, including nearby Chapelle Saint Malo. At the Chapelle Saint Malo a mass is held and followed by a procession to and from a local fountaine. The procession ends with an outdoor feast to raise funds for its upkeep.