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Sunday, August 9, 2015
Isle of Man and Cornwall to be Focus of Lorient Festival
theIsle of Man has been represented for
many years at the Festival Interceltique Lorient in Brittany, this is the first
time in the festival's forty five year history that the Island has been the
main focus, sharing the status of 'honoured nation' with Cornwall.
a unique opportunity to present the Isle of Man to a wide ranging European
audience which attracts more than three hundred journalists, hungry to know
more about the Island and generate a greater awareness of its culture, heritage
and local produce. Key events will be televised to millions of viewers across
of Man volunteer delegate, Ealee Sheard, has been co-ordinating this year's
impressive Manx line-up in conjunction with Culture Vannin, the main Island
based financial supporter, and the Isle of Man Arts Council, who have also
provided a grant to ensure that the presentation is of the highest quality. It's
a joint effort between the Isle of Man and Cornwall, with the majority of
funding for performers provided by the festival's own budget.
a delegation of more than one hundred musicians and dancers from the Isle of
Man, they will entertain in excess of 800,000 visitors during a busy ten day
festival, and will include Barrule, Ny Fennee, Ruth Keggin, Rushen Silver Band,
Caarjyn Cooidjagh, Russell Gilmour, Strengyn and Mec Lir amongst others.
Young, ofEvent Management Solutions,
will manage the honoured nations' pavilion (around which the festival will be
centred) on behalf of Culture Vannin, and has been working with the Cornish
delegation to design a venue which will represent both the unique and shared
qualities of both Celtic nations; through food, drink, culture, heritage,
language, arts and crafts, and tourist information. They've also teamed up with
local food and drink suppliers to pursue new markets in Brittany and France.
pavilion stage will see a packed schedule of both Manx and Cornish acts,
including those involved in official performances at other festival venues,
which will embrace two major gala events in the Grand Theatre and Espace
Marine, and an appearance as part of the popular Nuits Interceltiques; an
extravaganza of music, dance, film and fireworks.
festival committee has also put together a TT themed event to attract riders
from the region.
addition, Manx artists Juan Moore, Julie Roberts, Eileen Schaer and Will
Sutton, will join four visual artists from Cornwall to present a contemporary
exhibition on the theme of mythology, jointly curated by Nicola Dixon from the
Isle of Man and Vivienne Gillard from Cornwall.
year's all-important presentation represents a working partnership between
festival organisers, Culture Vannin, the Isle of Man Arts Council, DEFA, DED,
Manx National Heritage and local businesses, in conjunction with Cornwall
Council and the Cornish Language Partnership. Sponsorship has also been
received from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.